NEW YORK – Katie Taylor attended the weigh-in on Friday afternoon and it was – over 24 hours before she was in the boxing ring at Madison Square Garden against Amanda Serrano – that the gravity of everything D trying to pull out hit her.
She’s seen big weights before. But inside Hulu Theater it was like that, are you kidding me? The crowd was dense. Aloud. Huge, especially for a Libra. Puerto Rican fans and Irish fans wave their flags, cheer and turn a regular part of Boxing Week into its own sideshow.
For months, they considered Taylor Serrano the biggest fight in women’s boxing history. Now they have to surrender.
“It was something like Anthony Joshua’s or Canelo’s weight [Alvarez] Taylor said: “I’ve never experienced anything like this in my entire career and just selling Madison Square Garden here tonight, it was great.
“Tonight was very, very special, and I don’t know what else to say.”
By the time Taylor sat still bloodied on a platform — surrounded by her promoter, Eddie Hearn, and coach Ross Inamette, after Defending her undisputed lightweight title in a split decision win On Amanda Serrano – She had her answer.
Taylor Serrano did more than produce an unforgettable fight one night when women’s boxing received a rare spotlight. It created excellence in boxing, demonstrated the potential for the sport to grow in potential superstars and needed a moment to enjoy it.
If all went well, she would have attracted attention. If it went perfectly – and Saturday night was close – it could transform and elevate the entire sport.
“Madison Square Garden, you’re thinking of Muhammad Ali and Joe Fraser,” Taylor said. “People will definitely be talking about myself and Amanda Serrano for years and years to come.
“This is a history-making battle, and it certainly lives up to that expectation.”
The entire promotion—on the posters, as part of the title card and even as the hashtag they’ve been trying to push for the past few weeks—all focused on one thing: history. The first woman to headline the Great Garden Room. Taylor and Cyrano were asked to do it next to the impossible on Saturday night.
They were asked to live up to the phenomenal reality that promotes any sport, especially boxing. This could easily have been a disappointment. These events can be swallowed up by the gravity of the promotion and the intensity of the moment.
Taylor Serrano has gone beyond what people were expecting, and what promoters have been describing. As Taylor and Cyrano stood in the middle of the ring at the last minute, audience decibels soared with every punch, all they hoped for was a reality.
Cyrano had facial bruises. Taylor had a bloodied nose and a cut in her right eye. The crowd provided an intense atmosphere. All ingredients were put in place to create a big moment at The Garden.
If you want a snippet, Taylor and Cyrano hand it over. If you want a technical battle between two different types of fighters trying to plan the game how do they attack each other? I got that too.
The only thing that didn’t happen was a knockout or a knockout, but some of the best fights don’t end like this. why? Because the fight was even. Two fighters are of the same stature, which makes life difficult for the other.
“Tonight is the moment we stop talking about women’s and men’s boxing,” Hearn said. “Only boxing. Because it was one of the best fights I’ve seen live.”
The energy was evident from the start. A full two hours before Taylor and Cyrano left the locker rooms, cheers erupted whenever Taylor or Cyrano’s name was mentioned. At 8:20 p.m., when a video of each fighter walking into The Garden was shown, it looked as if they were headed to the plate of the ring.
As the moment drew near, the crowd grew even crazier; The song “Ole, Ole, Ole” echoed constantly throughout Liam Smith-Jessie Vargas’ bottom card in front of the area Almost all seats have been filled.
Walking around the circle, both fighters seemed to pick up on the gravity of the moment, to appreciate what they were going through a bit more.
Taylor seemed to stop at the top of the ring before she entered, and for a brief moment a small smile seemed to wrinkle her serious fight night demeanor. Later, she said that this evening overshadowed the night she won Olympic gold in 2012 in London.
Cyrano smashed her gloves together upon introduction, having raised her fist to the crowd in confession before entering the ring.
“It was just a crazy feeling,” said Serrano. “You had two women, in the MSG main event was all sold out, who would have thought that? You had two great champions coming out there, giving their all, and the crowd was really amazing.
“My last two events, I was the co-main event with Jack Paul, and I was able to try it out. But this time, it was me, and I was told to enjoy every minute of it, which I did. I just had it all.”
When the fight began, Cyrano couldn’t hear anything specific. The noise was so loud – and too close to be constant – that she couldn’t hear it from her corner, trainer Jordan Maldonado and her sister, former professional boxer Cindy Serrano.
This is what they wanted. such an environment. A night like this. An opportunity to tangibly grow the sport they care about so much. This was a lofty goal that transcended the practicalities of winning and losing, legacies and what Taylor called “the defining moments of the profession.” It is dangerous to show it. A lot can go wrong. But Taylor and Cyrano did a great job.
They put the female boxers on top of the tent with their fists. They pulled it off.