Amanda Serrano sealed an impressive victory on Saturday night which could lead to a super-fight against Katie Taylor.
Serrano sailed to a unanimous decision victory over Miriam Gutierrez in Florida, a week after her longstanding rival Taylor remained undefeated against Firuza Sharipova.
They may now be on a 2022 collision course for one of the best fights in women’s boxing.
Puerto Rico’s Serrano is a seven-weight world champion whose sole loss in 44 fights was nearly a decade ago.
Ireland’s Taylor is the undisputed lightweight champion and has won all 20 of her pro fights.
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Katie Taylor stayed unbeaten against Firuza Sharipova
Serrano currently holds the unified featherweight championship but, on Saturday, she stepped up to lightweight in an indication that an agreement to fight Taylor may be close.
She shone inside the opening round against Gutierrez, peppering her with razor-sharp punches and hunting an early finish.
Serrano hurt Gutierrez with a body shot in the fourth round.
Gutierrez, a former opponent of Taylor’s, was able to survive until the final bell but Serrano extended her winning streak to a 28th fight.
The scores were 99-91, 99-90 and 100-90.
One of the most intriguing fights in the sport, between Serrano and Taylor, may now await.
Sky Sports Boxing schedule
Saturday January 29 – BOXXER in Cardiff
Chris Eubank Jr vs Liam Williams
Claressa Shields vs Ema Kozin – IBF, WBA and WBC middleweight titles
Saturday February 19 – BOXXER in Manchester
Amir Khan vs Kell Brook
Saturday February 26 – Top Rank in Glasgow
Josh Taylor vs Jack Catterall – undisputed super-lightweight titles