Katie Taylor extended her professional record to 21-0 with a dramatic comeback win over Amanda Serrano on Saturday night in New York.
Though the Puerto Rican was under intense pressure midway through the bout at Madison Square Garden, the Olympic champion rallied in impressive style to dominate the final and claim a narrow split decision win.
Taylor is now hoping to cap off her legendary career with a rematch on home soil, but for now she can bask in another fantastic win that has garnered media attention around the world.
Donald McRae wrote in The Guardian that the fight was an “exciting but brutal match that left both women injured and bleeding and forced to muster incredible reserves of courage and desire”.
“An electrifying atmosphere in the Garden, with the Irish and Puerto Rican fans swept up in a contest worthy of comparison to some of the loftiest fights fought in this famous ancient arena that never let up. Taylor and Serrano surpassed even that intensity in a fit of shaky fate and breathtaking intensity,” he added.
The megafight was hailed as “overdue and inspirational” by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
“What a monumental, formative and historic night in boxing. I enjoyed this build. So happy and proud of Katie Taylor, Amanda Serrano and all women in boxing,” he tweeted.
Michael Rothstein, writing for ESPN.com, said the final round summed up the tense and close competition.
“Saturday’s fight ended in a 10th round that summed up much of the fight: a back-and-forth bout with neither fighter gaining too much lead from round to round. In a close match with conflicting styles each fighter had powerful moments that showed why they are considered two of the greatest fighters in the world.”
Brian Mahoney of the Associated Press wrote that the exciting bout proved that women’s boxing can compete with men’s sport when it comes to selling a fight to the public.
“Minutes after exchanging punches during a final round slugfest, Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano embraced and the moment.
“With most of the sold-out crowds still standing that headlined the first women’s boxing match at Madison Square Garden, Serrano delivered a message.
“Women can sell, women can fight and we put on a hell of a show,” Serrano said.
“All three applied in what was a historic night for women’s boxing.
“In the same arena where Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali fought ‘The Fight of the Century’ in 1971, Taylor and Serrano made sure not to be forgotten at Madison Square Garden.
“People are going to be talking about me and Amanda Serrano for years to come,” Taylor said.
In Ring magazine, boxing’s premier publication, Joseph Santoliquito summed up Taylor’s victory succinctly: “In the end, Taylor’s added courage mixed with some strategic wisdom won out.”
https://www.independent.ie/sport/other-sports/boxing/katie-taylor/monumental-inspiring-and-historic-the-world-and-the-rock-react-to-katie-taylors-famous-win-41604924.html ‘Monumental, inspirational and historic’ – the world and The Rock react to Katie Taylor’s famous victory