Katie Taylor is looking to make a major statement of intent in America when she takes on Cindy Serrano in Boston's TD Garden on Saturday night.
Taylor will defend her WBF and IBF lightweight titles against former featherweight champion Serrano in what has become the de facto headline fight of the card.
The Irish woman was due to be second on the bill to Billy Joe Saunders’ WBO middleweight decider with Demetrius Andrade, however since Saunders failed a drugs test that fight has been scrapped.
Andrade will instead face Walter Kautondokwa for the empty WBC middleweight title and Taylor’s showdown with Serrano takes on a much more promimant position on the card.
Outside of the Andrade fight, there's a distinctly Irish look to the rest of the evening's action with James Tennyson fighting Tevin Farmer for the IBF World Super Featherweight title, with Sean McComb and Niall Kennedy also in action.
Taylor certainly has her work cut out for her against an opponent who has not lost a fight in six years and she expects a long night ahead of her in Boston.
"I’m expecting my toughest fight to date," the Bray fighter said. "She’s obviously very experienced. She’s a top, seasoned pro. These are the types of fights that I absolutely relish.
"This is why I turned pro two years ago, to be involved in fights like this. I had a great training camp and feel in great shape."
"It’s a great time for women’s boxing. There’s plenty of great fights out there. There’s definitely no shortage of fights in our flyweight division, which is fantastic for myself."
"Boston is going to be a home away from home. There’s obviously a lot of Irish fighters on the card. I can’t wait."
Serrano is stepping up a weight to take on Taylor, moving up to 135lbs, but she’s not overly concerned by that and is preparing to go the full ten rounds with Taylor.
"Female fighters just have to go up and down, you have to go where the fights make sense and this fight does make sense," she said.
"I have trained hard for 10 rounds and I'm in great shape and excited for the fight. I'm hyped and happy and it will be a great fight.
"It will definitely go the distance and may the best woman win – if it's me, it's me; if it's her, it's her. It's definitely going to be an entertaining fight over 10 rounds. All 10 rounds."