The atmosphere in the park is positively impressive in the moments before the national anthems. Sweet Caroline is featured in the books and Puerto Rican and Irish fans move back and forth trying to beat each other on the decibel scale. When Taylor is introduced to the Jumbotron, the audience’s constant roar turns into a high-pitched scream. Same for Cyrano, just a little deafening. On the whole, it’s a kind of atmospheric twitch that we’ve only experienced in the past for Felix Trinidad or Miguel Coto.
Three anthems: the Republic of Ireland, Puerto Rico and the United States. They are happening now. Ringwalks are coming.
Liam Smith just stopped Jesse Vargas in a horrific battle of attrition in front of an almost entire Madison Square Garden. Vargas was fortunate to get to the bell at the end of the ninth round as the Liverpool player gushed about the penalty, but referee Steve Willis got it right with 2:19 remaining in 10th.
The main event between Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano is next. While we wait, this is Donald McCray interview with taylor from earlier this week.
Smith and Vargas made it to round seven of the 12-round race before tonight’s main event. Meanwhile, here’s Tess Crane Look at Amanda Serranowhose unlikely partnership with YouTuber-turned-boxer-promoter gave Jake Paul, one of boxing’s most decorated and overlooked champions, the promotional boost she needed to make the first seven-figure purse of her career.
As strange as the pairing may sound – a hyper-focused Cyrano who doesn’t date, drink or own a cell phone, and Paul puts on the internet “social” and “media” in social media – they’ve proven to be a powerful complement. Cyrano lends credibility to Paul as an athlete and puts him in a new and benevolent light as a champion of women in sport. Meanwhile, help elevate her profile beyond boxing circles and give her unprecedented leverage in securing fights like this.
Paul evaluated Serrano’s social media presence and offered her targeted ways to amplify her brand: what and when to post, how to communicate online with fans, and take professional photos. Her followers on Instagram and Twitter have swelled. “It’s definitely a big help,” said Serrano. “Now I’ve got Jake Paul behind me and promoting me, highlighting and writing about me on social media and giving me that push.” It has paid off. Along with history and glory, this will be the first seven-figure portfolio in Serrano’s career.
Liverpool’s Liam Smith and USA’s Jesse Vargas are in the ring for tonight’s final preliminary match. Tonight’s card audience is expected to be close to 18,000 spectators, many of whom are already in their seats.
Taylor and Cyrano were both shown entering the ring on the Jumbotron between rounds during the previous fight. Taylor’s sight elicited shimmering cheers from the stands, but there was an even greater amplification of the hype for Cyrano, who seemed to enjoy a marginal advantage in supporting the crowd.
The atmosphere in and around the building was crackling all night. Here’s something you don’t usually see: At least three Irish pubs on Seventh Avenue were shocked by the fight fans watching DAZN as I walked into the park tonight. Television restrictions around fights usually made it impossible for local bars to show boxing when they were too close, but the regular rules were lifted at night and only increased the sense of occasion.
Hello and welcome to New York for tonight’s massive showdown between Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano for the Undisputed Lightweight Championship. We’re ringside at Madison Square Garden for this highly anticipated meeting of the two best boxers in the world regardless of weight: the first summit meeting between the No. 1 and No. 2 consensus on the Sterling Men’s or Women’s List since the second fight between Mane Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Márquez in 2008.
Remarkably, tonight’s main event marks the first time that two women have been the main attraction in Manhattan’s 140-year history.
The second-to-last bottom card battle between Baltimore’s Franchon Cruz-Dezurn and Sweden’s Elaine Cedrus has just concluded with a Crews-Dezurn win by wide unanimous decision to become the first undisputed middleweight champion in women’s boxing history. Next is a 12-round junior middleweight fight between Jesse Vargas and William Smith followed by Taylor and Serrano, who must make their passes near the top of the hour. Lots to come every now and then!
Brian will be here soon. Meanwhile here Preview of Donald McRae From tonight’s main event.