Katie Taylor vs. Amanda Serrano fight results, highlights: Taylor earns a split decision in an instant classic 2022-05-01 01:14:24


Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano had a lot to live on at their Saturday night meeting, which carried the mantle”The biggest fight in women’s boxing history. The fight exceeded even the highest expectations, as Katie Taylor won a divided decision in a ground war in front of a raucous crowd from Madison Square Garden in New York City to retain her place as the undisputed lightweight champion.

The fight wasn’t easy for Taylor as Cyrano increased her pressure starting in the third round of the competition, nullifying Taylor’s early success that resulted from the move and his carefully chosen engagement moments. By the fifth round, Cyrano’s shots badly hurt Taylor, and he nearly scored a knockout that may have changed the tide of the fight.

Instead of hitting the surface, Taylor deepened and managed to escape the fright, deciding to return to her corner and begin to regain her composure.

Serrano’s punch production will begin to decline after the dominant fifth round. With Taylor fully recovered, she became the dominant fighter, getting the best exchanges and landing clean, tough sets as Cyrano had to chase the champ.

Despite Taylor’s clinical work wrestling control of the fight from Serrano, both women finished the final round standing and trading in a wild final exchange that saw both women receive massive punches while Irish and Puerto Rican fans agreed. .

Most of the rounds—which were only 10 rounds, two minutes in length due to old women’s boxing rules—could have gone either way in the scorecards, leaving a lot of questions about who would get to decide after the win. The last bell rang.

After both women celebrated together, scorecards were read, with Taylor giving cards 97-93 and 96-93 while Serrano got one card 96-94. Taylor has now successfully defended her status as a six-time four-belt champ, although no older than her display in the biggest fight in women’s boxing history.

After the fight, both the women and their promoters, Eddie Hearn for Taylor and Jake Paul for Cyrano, agreed that the rematch should happen, and likely take place in Ireland.

As for Saturday night, Taylor summed up the thoughts of fighters and fans alike after her victory.

“What a fighter Amanda Serrano is,” Taylor said. “I think we’re two winners here tonight. Look what we just did, selling us Madison Square Garden in the biggest fight in women’s boxing history.” “What a fight, what a win, what a night.”

Serrano, while disappointed that the decision had not been made, hoped this would be a turning point for larger events in women’s sport.

“They say no one wants to see women, this place is crowded,” Serrano said. “We put in a great show. Katie is an amazing hero, undefeated, she’s the undisputed champ. Really honored to share the ring with you. The best versus the best, you don’t see that often. I’m just so overwhelmed. Look at this crowd! Sells, women can fight, and we put on a great show!”

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