aylor vs Serrano – LIVE!
Katie Taylor edged out Amanda Serrano to retain her undisputed lightweight championship on a historic night at the iconic Madison Square Garden.
The fighting pride of Ireland emerged victorious from a gruelling, incredible battle that was befitting of its status as the biggest fight in women’s boxing history.
After making an impressive start to proceedings, Taylor looked on the brink of her first career defeat in the middle rounds as she absorbed heavy punishment from the big-punching Serrano and was almost stopped.
However, she somehow regathered her focus to shade the latter stages of a Fight of the Year contender and claim a contentious split-decision victory that opens the door to a rematch later in 2022, possibly at Dublin’s Croke Park.
On Saturday’s undercard, Liam ‘Beefy’ Smith produced a superb victory against former two-weight world champion Jessie Vargas, while Franchon Crews-Dezurn beat Elin Cederroos in a bloody war to become the undisputed women’s super-middleweight champion of the world.
Britain’s Tokyo Olympic gold medalist Galal Yafai put on an explosive early show, stopping the experienced Miguel Cartagena, whose corner pulled him out after only two rounds due to an emphatic beatdown.
Boxing schedule and results
Katie Taylor bt Amanda Serrano
Liam Smith bt Jessie Vargas
Franchon Crews-Dezurn bt Elin Cederroos
Galal Yafai bt Miguel Cartagena
Austin Williams bt Chordale Booker
Reshat Mati bt Joe Eli Hernandez
Skye Nicolson bt Shanecqua Paisley Davis
Khalil Coe bt William Langston
Follow Taylor vs Serrano reaction LIVE with Standard Sport’s blog below!
Katie Taylor proclaimed her enthusiasm for a rematch with Amanda Serrano in front of 90,000 people in Dublin after successfully defending her world title belts in New York City.
Talk turned quickly to another bout between the stars, which could take place on home turf for Taylor.
“The rematch would be absolutely phenomenal and if it was in Dublin, we could sell out Croke Park,” she said.
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Jake Paul still less than pleased with that result…
Here’s Eddie Hearn and Jake Paul discussing the rematch.
What an occasion that would be at Croke Park, which has a capacity of 82,300!
Superb, respectful interviews with Taylor and Serrano after the fight. Both women appear very open to the rematch, with Taylor joking that she wants $2m next time!
Promoters Eddie Hearn and Jake Paul also both want it, with the latter feeling that it was a draw tonight at best.
Hearn wants to run it back at Croke Park in Dublin later in 2022, giving Taylor the chance of fight in her native Ireland again before she retires.
Paul – who is being booed by the crowd – also wants to make that happen.
96-94 Serrano, 97-93 Taylor, 96-93 Taylor – AND STIILLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!
KATIE TAYLOR TAKES THE SPLIT DECISION AND MADISON SQUARE GARDEN ERUPTS!
THE BRAY BOMBER IS STILL THE UNDISPUTED LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPION OF THE WORLD!
To the scorecards we go!
Really feel like this could go either way. Did Taylor do enough with her fightback?
A chaotic, crazy fight that will live long in the memory.
A battle to fit the historic occasion.
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