atie Taylor defeated Amanda Serrano in an incredible showdown to retain her undisputed world lightweight championship on a historic night in New York.
The biggest fight in women’s boxing history certainly lived up to its high billing at the iconic, electric Madison Square Garden, the first time female fighters had ever starred in the world’s most famous arena.
It was a display of remarkable courage and sheer determination from the legendary pioneer Taylor, who started the proceedings cheerfully but was about to be stopped by the mighty nine-time world champion in seven divisions Serrano as she was bruised and bloodied and clinging to in the punishing middle rounds.
However, she somehow withstood those tough hurdles, regained her focus and produced a stellar comeback to avoid a first-time defeat of her career and claim a grueling split-decision win in an instant Fight of the Year- contender, with two judges scoring the 10-round 97. -93 and 96-93 in her favor, with the other card 96-94 for Serrano.
Taylor improved her perfect professional record to 21-0, while a painful defeat for Serrano was just her second and first in ten years, nearly 10 years to the day since she was beaten by Frida Wallberg in Sweden.
Attention now immediately shifts to a likely lucrative rematch later in 2022, with all sides eager to stage a second fight and Taylor’s promoter Eddie Hearn pushing for a triumphant homecoming for one of Ireland’s greatest sporting heroes at Dublin’s Croke Park.
On Saturday’s undercard, Liam Smith put on a stellar display in a must-win fight against former World Twoweight Champion Jessie Vargas, stopping him with a relentless attack on round 10 after a performance of relentless pressure, strength and physicality to beat the WBO. collect Intercontinental Superwelterweight Band.
Franchon Crews-Dezurn, meanwhile, became the undisputed women’s super-middleweight world champion with a strong performance against the resilient Swedish Elin Cederroos.
Galal Yafai made light work of the veteran Miguel Cartagena, whose corner pulled their fighter out after just two rounds following a head-to-head defeat of the British Olympic gold medalist in Tokyo 2020 in just his second professional match.
Yafai successfully defended his WBC International flyweight belt when he made a real statement about his American debut in the mecca of boxing.
Previously, Austin “Ammo” Williams blew away undefeated fellow American middleweight Chordale Booker to claim the vacant WBA Continental Americas belt, while the “Albanian Bear” Reshat Mati triumphed over Joe Eli Hernandez in an ill-tempered decision.
Australian Commonwealth Games gold medalist Skye Nicolson advanced to 3-0 with a stylish defeat of the vastly outmatched Shanecqua Paisley Davis and Khalil Coe emerged victorious against William Langston in the opening fight of the evening.