Taylor Beats Serrano By Split-Decision In A Fight For The Ages

Taylor Beats Serrano By Split-Decision In A Fight For The Ages

Against her greatest opponent Katie Taylor produced the performance of her life, and the bravest, to beat Amanda Serrano by split-decision in a fight that will live long in the memory.

Taylor overcame real adversity in the 5th round when she was badly hurt and looked on the brink of exhaustion. There appeared no way back for Taylor at that point, but she found something only true champions have. Taylor has shown many layers and levels in her life and career, she showed something more on a night that showcased everything that is good about their sport.

I had Taylor 3-1 up after 4 rounds, boxing smartly on the move, but she looked as though she was working incredibly hard to keep the ever-advancing Serrano off her.

Taylor decided to stay static and trade leather in that pivotal pulsating 5th round, and it very nearly cost her the fight. Serrano unleashed everything in an attempt to finish Taylor off. But the still undisputed lightweight champion somehow survived and did enough to take the 6th round, at least in this observers opinion. Several rounds were open to subjectivity, the arguments over scoring will begin once more.

Serrano lost the final 3 rounds on my card, as Taylor reverted to the stick and move tactics that brought her success in the opening stages of this truly memorable fight. One judge had it 96-94 for the Puerto Rican and the remaining judges scored it 96-93 and 97-93 for Taylor. The scores were all over the place, and for once, there can be few arguments. It was that kind of fight.

Taylor had to dig deeper than she has ever done before, and it was the sort of fight that ages you. And quickly. And beyond repair. Taylor moves to 21-0, but I wonder at what cost.

Talk of a rematch inevitably and contractually, filled the air, and a return in Ireland would be the perfect swansong for the Irish superstar. But I wonder if Taylor would be better served retiring after the most important win of her long career. At 35, can she produce this kind of performance again. I have my doubts.

There was so much hype around this historic headlining fight in the iconic Madison Square Garden, but it delivered beyond any realistic expectations. A special night deserved a special fight. We got that and much more. A fight for the ages.

Photo Credit: Ed Mulholland/Matchroom Boxing

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