Ireland’s Katie Taylor defeated Puerto Rican Amanda Serrano on Saturday night at The first boxing match titled Two Women In Madison Square Garden in New York.
Taylor, who won a gold medal at the 2012 Olympics, remained undefeated and improved her career record to 21-0 and six knockouts.
The 35-year-old won by split decision in front of a large crowd in the park, successfully defending her women’s lightweight titles in WBA, IBF, WBO and WBC.
The match ended in stunning fashion as both fighters, visibly exhausted, made a desperate attempt to deliver the last punches.
Taylor, bloodied and unsteady on her feet after a powerful blow from Serrano in the fifth round, was declared the winner.
“I knew I was going to get into the trenches at some point,” Taylor was quoted as saying by Reuters.
“She’s a great fighter, a great and great personality, I have the heart and the skill and I knew I would be able to make it happen.”
Cyrano’s record now stands at 42-2-1 and 30 knockouts. She has held world titles in seven weight classes ranging from 115 to 140 lbs. Last year, Serrano, 33, successfully defended her featherweight title in the WBO and WBC.
Before the match, Taylor He told CNN She was eager to enter the ring.
“We are great champions at the height of our giving and are going to make such an amazing fight,” Taylor said. “I think stylistically, we might do a very good job together. She’s obviously a very aggressive fighter and so am I. So, I think it’s going to be a very exciting fight.”
The match marked the first time that two women had grabbed the headlines at “the most famous circuit in the world”. It was also the first boxing fight between first and second place since 2008, when Mane Pacquiao defeated Juan Manuel Márquez.
As a longtime leader in the sport, Taylor said her own success isn’t enough, saying she also wants to promote other female boxers.
“I feel like we’ve covered a lot of things over the past few years in terms of paycheck and wallets, but I still feel we still have a long way to go, too,” she told CNN.
“It’s not okay that only Amanda and I are getting paid big, but that has to carry over to other female fighters as well and I hope that happens.”
Saturday’s match was originally scheduled to take place on May 2, 2020, but was postponed due to the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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