NEW YORK (SID) – In the duel between the two most successful boxers in the world, Ireland’s Katie Taylor made history Sunday night in New York. The 35-year-old won the first major battle between two women in the legendary arena’s 140-year history against Amanda Serrano (Puerto Rico) in front of 19,187 spectators at Madison Square Garden.
By winning points after ten rounds, she successfully defended her WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO titles in the lightweight category. “I had to give it my all,” Taylor said, praising her opponent, “I knew I was going to get into the ditch at some point. She’s a great fighter and a great personality.”
Brooklyn-born Serrano slipped past Taylor in the fifth round, but the defending champion fought back, bloodstained, and had momentum on her side in the final rounds. Still undefeated even after 21 professional fights.
For Cyrano, 33, who was previously the first boxer to win world titles in seven different weight classes and lift two weight classes to fencing, this was the first defeat since 2012. “We put on a great show,” he said. Sells, and a woman can fight.”
Both boxers promised a second match immediately afterwards. “Let’s do it again, Amanda,” Taylor said during her winning interview. Her opponent replied: “Whenever she wants.”
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