Women’s boxing pound-for-pound rankings: Where do Taylor and Serrano land?

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Katie Taylor continues to lead the way in the ESPN women’s pound-for-pound rankings. The battle for No. After a great weekend of boxing, the battle for No. 2 continues.

Taylor (21-0, 6 KOs) defeated Amanda Serrano (42-2-1, 30 KOs) by split decision in one of the best fights of the year. A back-and-forth battle in front of a packed Madison Square Garden in New York was decided by scorecards of 96-93 and 97-93 for Taylor and 96-94 for Serrano. It is being considered for a rematch in Taylor’s native Ireland later this year.

Serrano has lost a spot to Claressa Shields, the undisputed champion of two-divisions. ESPN’s Michael Rothstein moved Serrano up one spot to No. Despite losing, Serrano was still ranked 2 on his list.

“Yes. Amanda Serrano lost Saturday night to Taylor, but it could have easily ended in a draw or a victory for Serrano. Rothstein stated that the fight was close. “It was an incredible event, and Serrano shouldn’t have dropped because of it.

“I have removed Christina Hammer from the list. I have nothing against Hammer, but there are worthy fighters and Hammer has fought only once in the past two years. Dina Thorslund replaced her, as she has been active in both divisions and is strong. This moved Savannah Marshall and Chantelle Camas up one slot. Hammer could be back on a future roster. “

Another fighter making a move is Frenchon Crews-Dezurn, who became the undisputed super middleweight champion with a decision victory over Elin Cederroos on the Taylor-Serrano undercard.

Who else made the top 10? Here’s the list:

Note: Results are through Wednesday.

1. KATIE TAYLOR sw ye 40 Previous ranking: No. 1

RECORD: 21-0, 6 KOs
DIVISION: Lightweight undisputed champion
LAST FIGHT: W (SD10) Amanda Serrano, April 30
NEXT FIGHT: TBA


2. CLARESSA SHIELD gn arrow Previous ranking : No. 3

RECORD: 12-0, 2 KOs
DIVISION: Junior middleweight and middleweight undisputed champion
LAST FIGHT: W (UD10) Ema Kozin, Feb. 5
NEXT FIGHT: TBA


3. AMANDA SERRANO Previous ranking : No. 2

RECORD: 42-2-1, 30 KOs
DIVISION: Featherweight unified champion
LAST FIGHT: L (SD10) Katie Taylor, April 30
NEXT FIGHT: TBA


4. JESSICA MCCASKILL Previous ranking : No. 4

RECORD: 11-2, 4 KOs
DIVISION: Welterweight undisputed champion
LAST FIGHT: W (TKO7) Kandi Wyatt, Dec. 4
NEXT FIGHT: TBA


5. MIKAELA MAYER sw ye 40 Previous ranking: No. 5

RECORD: 17-0, 5 KOs
DIVISION: Junior lightweight unified champion
LAST FIGHT: W (UD10) Jennifer Han, April 9
NEXT FIGHT: TBA


6. SENIESA ESTRADA gn arrow Previous ranking: 9

RECORD: 22-0, 9 KOs
DIVISION: Junior flyweight champion
LAST FIGHT: W (KO4) Maria Santizo, Dec. 18
NEXT FIGHT: TBA


7. SAVANNAH MARSHALL gn arrow Previous ranking: 9

RECORD: 11-0, 9 KOs
DIVISION: Middleweight champion
LAST FIGHT: W (KO3) Femke Hermans, April 2
NEXT FIGHT: TBA


8. DELFINE PERSOON rd arrow Previous ranking: No. 7

RECORD: 45-3, 18 KOs
DIVISION: Lightweight
LAST FIGHT: W (TKO4) Beatriz Aguilar, Nov. 1
NEXT FIGHT: May 14 vs. Elhem Mekhaled


T-9. CHRISTINA HAMMER rd arrow Previous ranking: No. 8

RECORD: 26-1, 12 KOs
DIVISION: Super middleweight champion
LAST FIGHT: W (TKO1) Daniele Bastieri, Dec. 3
NEXT FIGHT: TBA


T-9. FRANCHON CREWS-DEZURN gn arrow Previous ranking: N/R

RECORD: 8-1, 2 KOs
DIVISION: Super middleweight undisputed champion
LAST FIGHT: W (UD10) Elin Cederroos, April 30
NEXT FIGHT: TBA


The formula

The rankings are based on a descending points system, with a first-place vote receiving 10 points, a second-place vote receiving nine points and so on.

Others receiving votes: Alycia Baumgardner (5), Chantelle Cameron (4), Hyun Choi (2), Dina Thorslund (2), Cecilia Braekhus (1), Marlen Esparza (1), Jessica Nery Plata (1), Jackie Nava (1).


How our experts voted

Michael Rothstein: 1. Taylor, 2. Serrano, 3. Shields, 4. McCaskill, 5. Mayer, 6. Estrada, 7. Persoon, 8. Marshall, 9. Cameron, 10. Thorslund

Timothy Bradley Jr.: 1. Taylor, 2. Shields, 3. Serrano, 4. McCaskill, 5. Mayer, 6. Estrada, 7. Crews-Dezurn, 8. Marshall, 9. Baumgardner, 10. Thorslund

Nick Parkinson: 1. Taylor, 2. Serrano, 3. Shields, 4. McCaskill, 5. Marshall, 6. Mayer, 7. Estrada, 8. Persoon, 9. Cameron, 10. Nery Plata

Salvador Rodriguez: 1. Taylor, 2. Shields, 3. Serrano, 4. McCaskill, 5. Mayer, 6. Estrada, 7. Crews-Dezurn, 8. Marshall, 9. Persoon, 10. Baumgardner

Bernardo Pilatti: 1. Taylor, 2. Serrano, 3. Shields, 4. McCaskill, 5. Mayer, 6. Persoon, 7. Hammer, 8. Estrada, 9. Marshall, 10. Nava

Charlie Moynihan: 1. Taylor, 2. Serrano, 3. Shields, 4. McCaskill, 5. Mayer, 6. Persoon, 7. Hammer, 8. Estrada, 9. Choi, 10. Braekhus

Kel Dansby: 1. Shields, 2. Taylor, 3. McCaskill, 4. Serrano, 5. Mayer, 6. Estrada, 7. Marshall, 8. Hammer, 9. Persoon, 10. Baumgardner


ESPN experts’ poll

First place: Taylor (6), Shields (1)

Second place: Serrano (4), Shields (2), Taylor (1)

Third place: Shields (4), Serrano (2), McCaskill (1)

Fourth place: McCaskill (6), Serrano (1)

Fifth place: Mayer (6), Marshall (1)

Sixth place: Estrada (4), Persoon (2), Mayer (1)

Seventh place: Crews-Dezurn (2), Hammer (2), Persoon (1), Estrada (1), Marshall (1)

Eighth place: Marshall (3), Estrada (2), Persoon (1), Hammer (1)

Ninth place: Baumgardner (2), Cameron (2), Marshall (1), Persoon (1), Choi (1)

10th place: Thorslund (2), Baumgardner (1), Braekhus (1), Nava (1), Nery Plata (1), Esparza (1)

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