Katie Taylor Vs. Amanda Serrano Becomes Most Successful Combat Sports Event At Madison Square Gardens Since Pandemic

The championship clash between Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano continues to exceed expectations, even weeks after the event took place.

The event occurred on April 30 in Madison Square Garden, and it has been a great success. It also marked the first time a female combat sports fight headlined at the famed arena.

The fight saw Ireland’s Taylor successfully defend her lightweight championship title in a fierce match against Serrano, the seven-division titlist from Brooklyn by way of Puerto Rico.

It was watched by a sold-out crowd of 19,187 which produced $1,450,180.60 in final ticket sales, and it was also streamed live on DAZN to a global audience of more than 1,500,000 viewers. This makes it the best performing boxing event on MSG property since the pandemic.

“April 30th was a shining moment for women’s boxing and an historic night at Madison Square Garden,” Joel Fisher, executive vice president of marquee events for MSG, told Boxing Scene. “In front of a sold-out Garden crowd Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano delivered what many consider to be the fight of the year.

“Hopefully, it will be a springboard for more featured women’s fights in the future.”

The fight was originally planned for a May 2020 clash in Manchester, England, and it would have served as chief support to a heavyweight fight between Dillian Whyte and Alexander Povetkin. However, these plans fell through due to the pandemic.

Eddie Hearn, Taylor’s career-long promoter and chairman of Matchroom Sport, originally thought the fight was dead after initial attempts to reschedule failed.

“I never believed this fight would happen,” Hearn told BoxingScene during fight week in New York City. “We had it agreed twice, signed once. Amanda and Jordan Maldonado (Serrano’s trainer and brother-in-law) never felt the money was right for the fight. but the money was ten times what she’d ever made. It was the right money at the time.

“Jordan even told me (during fight week), ‘I told you how big this fight was.’ But I was like, this fight wasn’t this big three years ago when you signed the contract. Now you’re getting a f—–’ fortune, so good luck to you. It just happened at the right time. I cannot believe how big the fight is.”

Despite how successful this fight was, it is unlikely that either Taylor or Serrano’s next ring appearance will be a rematch.

Although there are no firm plans, Hearn noted on Instagram live that Taylor will likely return in September. Serrano’s next move is unknown, although her goal remains becoming Puerto Rico’s first-ever undisputed champion in the three- or four-belt era, male or female.

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