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Katie Taylor wins thrilling fight on biggest-ever night for women's boxing

Ireland’s Katie Taylor beat Amanda Serrano in an exciting fight at the biggest ever night of women’s boxing.

After going all 10 rounds against the Puerto Rican boxer in the fight, the undisputed lightweight champion won the match by split decision. This was the first women’s bout to be headlined at New York’s Madison Square Garden.

Taylor was unable to recover her composure towards the end after a number of difficult rounds.

After the middle rounds, Serrano, a nine time world champion in seven weight classes, was on top and landed some powerful punches to leave Taylor with a bloody nose.

Image: Katie Taylor remains the undisputed lightweight champion. Pic: AP

Although the outcome was close, the Irish fighter won the fight on judges’ scorecards. One gave Serrano 96/94 while Taylor received 97/93 and Taylor 96/93.

This was Taylor’s most difficult fight, but Taylor managed to extend her unbeaten record at 21 wins from as many fights. She also retained her WBC and WBA, IBF, and WBO titles.

The 35-year-old champion stated that she was open for a rematch after the fight.

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She said, “Let’s try it again Amanda.”

Eddie Hearn, her promoter, stated that he could see a “big rematch later this year” and suggested that the pair fight in Ireland in order to give Taylor an opportunity to appear at Croke Park in Dublin.

Hearn promoted Anthony Joshua and called the match-up one of the “greatest fights in Madison Square Garden history”.

Image: Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano in the first round during their epic fight. Pic by AP

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Taylor also took the time to recognize her opponent, saying “What a fighter Amanda Serrano!”

“I believe we are both winners tonight – take a look at what both of us have done – sold-out Madison Square Garden.

“The greatest fight in female boxing history, and both of us have overcome so many barriers throughout our entire careers.”

Serrano stated on Twitter that she “didn’t get the decision”, but she believed she had “fought a great battle”.

“I’m glad we made women’s boxing look amazing tonight. She added, “Now I’m going to start spending some money.”

Jake Paul, the promotor of the 33-year old, told her that she would be “absolutely” willing to fly to Ireland to rematch the match.

Analysis by Jacqueline Beltrao (sports presenter).

Katie Taylor was as beloved and revered as ever. She produced the comeback she had always wanted in the fight that would define her legacy and help women’s boxing.

Amanda Serrano’s fearsome punches were a great shock to the undisputed lightweight champion of the World and Ireland.

Madison Square Garden’s crowd was raucous and wanted to see a war. And a “war,” they got.

The fight lived up the hype, and more. It was one of the most exciting boxing nights at The Garden in recent times. It was. These women delivered.

This could have easily been Taylor’s first professional loss, as Serrano’s punching power and infamous punching ability took their toll in the middle rounds.

Round five saw Taylor being harmed by a torrent of punches from the Puerto Rican southpaw.

It was brutal, and Taylor was completely dazed by Serrano’s complete control. Round six brought Taylor more pain. She had a bleeding nose and eye, but she didn’t fall.

Taylor, rocked and in pain, showed why she is the champion. She managed to keep her composure and fought back under pressure.

Two judges split the vote for Taylor, but Taylor was given it by both of them. It could have been even closer. Jake Paul, Serrano’s promoter immediately tweeted “robbed”, but Taylor’s gutsy performance sets up the inevitable match beautifully. Taylor also said this while she’s still in her ring.

The biggest payday in women’s boxing, a seven-figure cheque is what both of them walk away with. This is a far cry of the days when female champions couldn’t even pay their expenses.

They get to do it again at the end, with Bray’s most famous celebrity possibly defending those four glittering belts in Ireland.

He said, “It was a draw at the best, but we thought that we won.” “Amanda did an amazing job, it was the fight to remember.”

He said, “The crowd is booing, but everyone is a winner tonight,”

“Let’s go back as Eddie said September, Oct, the second fight just got bigger.”


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