Katie Taylor Retains Undisputed Lightweight Titles In Brawl Vs. Amanda Serrano

Katie Taylor remains on top of the world.

Taylor (21-0, 6 KOs) retained her WBC, WBO, IBF and WBA undisputed lightweight championship belts with a 10-round split-decision victory over Amanda Serrano (42-2-1, 30 KOs) at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, at the first ever women’s boxing event to headline the historic venue.

“I wasn’t as hurt as people may think,” Taylor said.

“I wasn’t worried. I knew (the fifth) was a tough, tough round. I knew that was Amanda’s round but I knew I was okay; I knew I was stable coming back to the corner. I just had to regroup and reset and I actually won the next round.”

Taylor walked away with the win with scorecards 96-93 and 97-93 over judge Benoit Roussel’s 96-94.

Serrano struck first and tagged Taylor with a left to her upper body. The Puerto Rican seemed relaxed and controlled.

But in the third round, Taylor found her footing as she countered Serrano well and landed straight rights.

Serrano regrouped herself in the fourth round. A straight left and right to Taylor caused her nose to bleed.

Serrano took charge until the ninth round when Taylor began to make Serrano to miss.

In the tenth and final round, it seemed to be anyone’s win, which prompted Taylor to pounce forward more, even tearing a cut on Serrano’s right eye.

“I went up two divisions to fight Katie Taylor. Once again, she’s a strong fighter, she’s a warrior, she’s Irish, and I mean she was able to withstand the power and come back,” Serrano said.

There was immediate talk of a rematch afterwards.

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