Katie Taylor Defeats Amanda Serrano In An Instant Women’s Boxing Classic

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Last night, Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano made women’s boxing history as Taylor successfully defended her undisputed lightweight championship. Taylor took a split decision to win over Amanda Serrano.

The three ringside judges scored the fight 97-93 and 96-93 for Taylor, and one 96-94 for Serrano, giving Taylor the split decision victory. For ten two-minute rounds, the fighters delivered a performance that will go down in history.

It was also one of the wealthiest women’s boxing matches in history, with both fighters making seven figures, which is not typical in the sport. According to reports, their deal includes a guaranteed purse, plus the share from those who buy the event on pay-per-view.

Show Me The Money

Serrano took the upgraded pay scale as consolation for her loss.

“Hey my ppl I didn’t get the decision but I think I fought a great fight,” Serrano posted on Twitter. “Congratulations to @KatieTaylor who promised me we would rock the house. I’m happy we made Womens boxing look great tonight. Now I go & start spending some of this money lol.”

The 35-year-old Taylor, a 2012 Olympic gold medalist, improved to 21-0 and six knockouts, adding another argument to the GWOAT or greatest woman of all time conversation sparked by fellow Olympic and champion Claressa Shields.

“I knew going into it I was going to be in the trenches at some stage,” Taylor told reporters after the fight. “She’s a phenomenal fighter, a great, great person, and I had the heart and the skill, and I knew I was going to be able to come through.”

History Making

In Madison Square Garden’s 140-year history, this was the first women’s boxing event to headline and pitted Ireland versus Puerto Rico by way of Brooklyn, New York, helping to sell out the crowd of 19,187.

The two put on an instant classic, solidifying the greatness of one of the best women boxers ever and proving that the action in the women’s ranks is as riveting as the men’s.

Serrano, 33, is a seven-weight division world champion who now falls to 42-2-1 and 30 knockouts but delivered a barnburner fight. Jake Paul’s Most Valuable Promotions star lost “The Problem Child” a $1 million side bet to Taylor’s promoter, Eddie Hearn.

Run It Back

Taylor is already looking it run it back in her native Ireland. She has yet to fight in her home country.

“We all want to see the best versus the best, a rematch would be absolutely phenomenal,” Taylor. “If it was in Dublin we could sell out Croke Park, 90,000 people, that would be unbelievable.”

Her promoter, Hearn, echoed the sentiment.

“We’d love to run that back in Ireland,” Hearn said to the BBC interviewer after the fight. “Give her a homecoming. It was a close fight. I thought she won it by a round or two, or maybe a draw, but I didn’t feel like Serrano won the fight, but I could see the draw.

“I was so pleased to see her win but we have to run that back because it was so good.”

Rhett Butler is a Boxing Writer Association of America Journalist, Play-By-Play Commentator, Combat Sports Insider, and Former Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing Promoter. The New York City native honed his skills at various news outlets including but not limited to: TIME Magazine, Money Magazine, CNN's Wolf Blitzer Reports, and more. Rhett hosts the PRITTY Left Hook podcast, a polarizing combat sports insider's take featuring the world's biggest names.