Katie Taylor remains focused on next fight despite Amanda Serrano talks

Taylor is undefeated from 19 fights and is set for her 14th consecutive world title fight this weekend in Liverpool...

Katie Taylor has Amanda Serrano on her radar as the Irish fighter looks to leave behind a legacy that will stand the test of time.

Taylor returns to the ring for a third time this year having previously edged out Natasha Jonas in a Fight of the Year contender and Jennifer Hann at Headingley Stadium.

The undisputed lightweight champion puts her world titles on the line this weekend once again - this time taking on WBA mandatory Firuza Sharipova.

Kazakhstan-born Sharipova has a record of 14-1 and is undefeated since an upset defeat on her professional debut. As expected, Taylor is a heavy favourite to retain her titles.

Should Taylor prevail, then a super-fight against seven-division world champion Amanda Serrano is on the cards with April the month in mind next year.

But Taylor is refusing to look past her upcoming clash.

"I never have trouble motivating myself for mandatories because I do understand that these girls are coming to win as well," said Taylor. "We're going to see the best of these opponents each and every time they step into the ring with me.

"You see it all the time in boxing when fighters have flat performances and fail to hang on to their belt. I can never get complacent and I'm so aware of that. I never find it tough to focus even when there's so much noise around other fights. My focus is completely on the fight ahead.

"I think so," replied Taylor when asked if a fight with Serrano is likely for the first quarter of 2022. "Even the fact that she's fighting one of my past opponents (Miriam Gutierrez on December 18).

"I think that's the perfect buildup to our fight. It's looking very likely that the fight will happen early next year, and the fact that she's teamed up with Jake Paul (Most Valuable Promotions) as well, I think that's even more incentive for her. (The Serrano fight) is looking likely, but we have to get past our opponents, then we can speak about it seriously."

A lot of miles left on the clock

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There are some question marks as to how many more fights Taylor has left as a professional.

Since turning over, she has unified the lightweight division, and been involved in 13 consecutive world title bouts, including a world title win at junior welterweight and two wars with Delfine Persoon - the most recent victory being at Fight Camp in 2020.

Prior to becoming a pro, Taylor also won Olympic gold in 2012 and is a five-time world champion in the amateurs.

It has been a long career in boxing for the 35-year-old, but one that has been very rewarding.

Taylor insists she hasn't contemplated hanging up the gloves for one moment.

"I'm obviously very, very aware that I can't do this forever," Taylor said. "It is a very limited career. But I don't feel like I'm slowing down as of yet. I feel like I have a few years left in me and plenty of big fights left in me as well. But I just take it one fight at a time, really."

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