Katie Taylor beats Amanda Serrano to retain post-thriller world title

Thousands crammed into Madison Square Garden in New York City to see the historic undisputed lightweight title fight, the first time two women have headlined the legendary arena

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Interview with Jake Paul before Amanda Serrano vs Katie Taylor

Katie Taylor retained her undisputed world lightweight title by split decision against Amanda Serrano last night at Madison Square Garden.

The legendary duo became the first women to headline a boxing event at New York’s famed arena, and each earned millions for their undisputed title shots. Much of the pre-fight buildup revolved around the friendly rivalry between the promoters Jake-Paul and Eddie Hearn, but by chime time all eyes were on the two women of the moment.

They played a massive ten-round contest that wowed the sell-out crowd and seemingly set up a big-money rematch for the whole line with their instant classic back-and-forth brawl.

A number of big stars from the world of sports and entertainment were in attendance including boxer Ryan Garcia, legendary MMA champion Cris Cyborg and boxer-turned YouTuber Alex Wassabi. Paul joined the commentary team for the evening while Hearn retained his usual position as promoter.

The boisterous crowd seemed to sway in favor of the Irish legend, but a large section of Puerto Rican fans were in attendance to create an electrifying atmosphere in the arena. Walked from Paul to ringside, Serrano and company seemed to embrace the support and jeers.

Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano in action

From the bell Serrano was as aggressive as promised. Taylor maneuvered well in the ring and avoided heavy shots from the challenger, who is one of the most feared punchers in women’s football.

In the second, the Puerto Rican continued her attack and had a little more success than in the first, where Taylor was able to counter with several left hooks. Things got a little tastier by the third, with Serrano and Taylor having to be separated after Serrano was shoved into the ropes by Taylor.

The rounds were tight early on, with Serrano perhaps edging the early exchanges with their late round attacks. Serrano’s controversial and outspoken brother-in-law and assistant coach Jordan Moldanado did his best to taunt Irish fans but the multiple world champion failed to draw attention.

Serrano had scheduled 12 laps of three minutes each before the event and as things heated up one wondered if perhaps they were necessary. Taylor’s right-hand counterattack caught Serrano in the middle of the fourth.

Understanding that she could be on the scorecards by fifth, Serrano began to pick up the pace further, dumping Katie on the corner and eventually wobbling her midway on a dominant lap.

The Irishwoman was badly injured coming into sixth place and Serrano took advantage by punishing the champion with damaging combinations. Never a down pro, Taylor managed to survive the ferocious attack that left Serrano bleeding from his nose and dished out well over 120 punches in just six rounds.

Taylor seemed to have regained her footing in the seventh and didn’t face the same amount of abuse she had suffered in the previous four minutes. And by the eighth round, she was in momentum, bonding much more with Serrano as the seven-weight world champion. started to slow down.

There were concerns about the challenger’s ability to sustain Taylor’s weight and she appeared to struggle as they headed into the championship rounds. Serrano, always the attacker, became much more vulnerable to Taylor’s counterattacks, and both went down in tenth, knowing they weren’t out of the woods just yet.

With seconds to go in tenth place, it was a struggle for everyone as Serrano wore a bleary eye to match Taylor’s nose. They battled it out in the closing seconds, but neither was able to secure the all-important win.

In the co-main event, Liam Smith defeated Jessie Vargas to earn his second post-impact win, likely setting up a title shot down the line. The former world champions battled like a phone booth for most of the night, with Smith’s size ultimately giving him the win.

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Taylor overcame adversity to keep her belts

Elsewhere on the card, Franchon Crews-Dezurn became the undisputed super middleweight champion with a bloody win over Elin Cederroos. The Swede got her nose cut early but fought through the gruesome injury to carry her American counterpart over the distance.

Earlier, British Olympic gold medalist Galal Yafai brutalized Miguel Cartagena to stop him in two rounds to win 2-0 as a pro. Since moving to the paid ranks, he’s raced into championship contention, showing his class in a game not lost by an American opponent since 2019.

Reshat Mati had to work for a win that should have been a pretty easy night in the office against Joe Eli Hernandez. The nervousness of fighting at his dream venue, coupled with competing in front of a nearly empty arena with his fan-friendly style, seemed to overwhelm the New York native, who dominated his opponent but couldn’t get rid of him.

Khalil Coe easily defeated William Langston 3-0-1 while the undercard’s star performance was likely Austin ‘Ammo’ Williams, who blew up against undefeated Chordale Booker in round one.

Skye Nicolson rounded out the card with the Australian winning 3-0 in her third fight in just 57 days as a pro. She landed the first knockdown of her career en route to an easy win over Shanecqua Paisley Davis.

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