‘I showed the champion’s heart’ – Katie Taylor says the win in New York is the ‘best moment’ of her career

KATIE Taylor has described her sensational win over Amanda Serrano at Madison Square Garden as the best night of her career.

In the sixth defense of her undisputed lightweight world title, Taylor made a Lazarus-esque comeback in the second half of a stellar contest to rightfully take the spoils in the first split decision of her professional career. Her winning streak now extends to 21 wins.

“It was definitely the best night of my career. I wasn’t sure if anything could achieve my Olympic gold medal moment.

“But until tonight definitely the best moment of my career,” said Taylor who was still bleeding from a head injury at the post-fight press conference in MSG.

Taylor took the biggest beating of her career in the fifth round, but somehow managed to survive. One of the three judges, Guida Cavallen, scored the round 10-8 in favor of Serrano, though he gave Taylor the fight overall (96-93).

But the Bray boxer showed incredible courage to come back and dominate the last three rounds

“I think that’s what my corner said, I needed the championship rounds. I did what I had to do.

“I showed the champion’s heart there as I always do. I think again and again I always show the heart of that champion when I need it too.

“I also dug deep when I needed it. I was in the trenches again tonight. Those are definitely career-defining moments.

“I think the most important thing is to come out as the winner whether I performed well or not. Tonight was just fantastic. I had to dig deep into that tonight. I had to put in a career-defining performance to really win.

“What a great champion Amanda is too. A phenomenal fighter and we certainly got the best out of each other.

“Everyone was talking about it being the biggest women’s fight in boxing history, but I think it accomplished everything people were talking about this week.

“Just walk to the ring, looking at a packed stadium. It was incredible. It was an absolutely special, special moment,” Taylor said.

There was a verbal agreement between the two sides in the ring immediately after the fight that there would be a rematch, with Croke Park emerging as a possible venue.

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