J. Paul, Serrano to co-main Aug. 6 card at MSG


Jake Paul and Amanda Serrano will once again be sharing a fight card as the pair announced they are returning to the ring Aug. 6 at Madison Square Garden in what they are labeling “two main events.”

The fights will be on Showtime Pay Per View. It is the second straight fight for Serrano at the Garden and Paul’s first in the iconic venue.

Paul (5-0, 4 KO) last fought in December, knocking out Tyron Woodley. He said he was going to take a break after fighting four times in 13 months between November, 2020 and December, 2021 and announced an August return to the ring the day after Serrano-Taylor.

“Back in the gym, back to training and excited, more excited and motivated than ever,” Paul told ESPN back in March. “You know, that was Chapter 1 of my boxing career, that was my rookie season and now I get to go on another chapter here.”

Paul had initially said he was returning to the ring Aug. 13 – but has now moved it up a week.

Serrano will fight at featherweight, where she will defend her WBO and WBC belts for the first time since Aug. 29, 2021 against Yamileth Mercado.

Serrano, who is one of two clients of Paul’s management and promotional company, Most Valuable Promotions, last fought on April 30 at a sold-out Madison Square Garden in a fight considered one of the best in women’s boxing history in a split-decision loss to Katie Taylor for the undisputed lightweight championship.

This will be the fourth fight for Serrano (42-2-1, 30 KO) attached to Paul. She first fought as the co-main event on Paul’s first fight against Woodley last August. She signed with his promotional company a month later and fought as the co-main event on Paul’s second fight against Woodley in December. She then fought Taylor in April, which was co-promoted by Paul and Eddie Hearn from Matchroom Boxing.

There was thought Serrano’s next fight would be a rematch against Taylor in Ireland later this year – Serrano and Paul both said they would be open to it immediately after the April fight – but Hearn told multiple outlets in the last couple of weeks that fight would not take place in the immediate future in Ireland.

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