Fight Talk: Katie Taylor defeats Amanda Serrano – how the boxing world reacted

Katie Taylor

It was billed as the biggest women’s match in boxing history when two stars faced off at New York’s iconic Madison Square Garden.

But Katie Taylor v Amanda Serrano somehow still managed to surpass expectations.

Ireland’s undisputed champion Taylor defended her lightweight titles in a split decision victory against seven-weight world champion Puerto Rican in a remarkable contest.

See how the big fight played out on social media…

MSG illuminated in historic night

The hype for this fight had been building for months, and it continued to do so just hours before the first bell.

Fighter-turned-Hollywood star Dwayne Johnson – AKA ‘The Rock’ – perfectly summed up just how great Taylor-Serrano was for women’s boxing…

As you might expect, UFC star Conor McGregor was supporting his countryman…

Others, like boxing coach Dave Coldwell, were on the fence…

With the heats over and clean, Madison Square Garden was lit up by bright lights from camera phones as 19,187 fans packed the venue.

There was an electric atmosphere in New York City…

Serrano was all smiles, pounding fists and enjoying every moment as he completed his walk to the ring alongside promoter Jake Paul.

Taylor showed little emotion – wide-eyed, focused on the task at hand. Behind her was District Attorney Eddie Hearn in his finest evening dress.

While Hearn and Paul don’t shy away from the spotlight, the night belonged to just two women. The assembly was done. Now it was time to see if the fight would live up to the hype.

Taylor edges close opening rounds

It was a cautious first round that Olympic gold medalist Taylor, with her amateur pedigree, won with quick feet and quick hands.

Rounds two and three were close. Taylor may well have been the better boxer, but southpaw Serrano was landing more cleanly.

There were clear signs of the danger the challenger posed…

Champion crushed and about to be stopped

The fight came to life in the fourth round, with Taylor backed into a corner and desperately trying to avoid Serrano’s attack to the head and body. The champion was cut above the eye.

Then came a fifth round that will go down in boxing history. Taylor was injured – badly. A barrage of punches to the head and body left her stunned and holding on.

“This might just be one of the biggest boxing rounds we’ve seen in this building since it opened in February 1968,” Steve Bunce, BBC Radio 5 Live’s boxing expert, said in the comments.

There was a sense that the end was near for Taylor’s reign and potentially his career…

Taylor digs deep and comes back fighting

Then came an incredible comeback. Taylor showed his warrior spirit, bravery and almost unfathomable powers of recovery. Serrano was unable to advance to his advantage and apparently took his foot off the accelerator.

Taylor was back on top, but the two fighters didn’t give up in a final 10th round, which saw her and Serrano swing wildly and exchange brutal blows…

Fight Competitor of the Year

We went to the judges’ scorecards. Whatever the result, there was an appreciation of the two fighters in a historic night for the sport. Most thought the champion had done enough, but before the result was even read, there were already requests for a rematch…

One judge scored the fight for Serrano, with the other two handing it over to Taylor. The words “and yet” were sung by Master of Ceremonies David Diamante as Taylor’s hand was raised.

These fighters were filled with admiration for the champion…

Hearn says he’d like to see a rematch, perhaps in a Taylor homecoming fight in Ireland, while Serrano’s promoter Paul needed just one word to sum up his thoughts…

Whether we will see the rematch or not remains to be seen. Although Taylor was victorious, women’s boxing – and boxing in general – was the winner.

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