Today (Apr. 30) is the biggest women’s boxing match in history, and what better place to hold such a historic event than New York’s Madison Square Garden?
Undefeated, undisputed women’s lightweight champion and 2012 Olympic gold medalist Katie Taylor (20-0, 6 KOs) defends her titles against seven-division world champion Amanda Serrano (42-1-1, 30 KOs) in a matchup between Ireland and Puerto Rico. The fanbases have made their voices heard throughout the week and a sell-out crowd is expected for this showdown. Serrano is currently a slight favorite over DraftKings Sportsbook, as she looks to end Taylor’s unbeaten record and become the new queen of 135 lbs.
This post will include full play-by-play for the headliner. There’s a free live stream of the prelims starting at 4:30 PM ET at the top of the page, followed by DAZN’s broadcast of the four-fight main card at 7:30 PM ET/4:30 PM PT. The main event should start at around 10:15 PM ET/7:15 PM PT and won’t interfere with Oscar Valdez vs. Shakur Stevenson, which is running a little later over in Las Vegas.
Join as at Bloody Elbow for live results and play-by-play of the fight. Offer your opinion in the comment section!
Main Card (7:30 PM ET, DAZN)
Katie Taylor vs. Amanda Serrano – Undisputed Lightweight Championship
Round 1 – Here we go! Serrano looking to jab early. Ditto Taylor. Body shot by Serrano. Good counter left and another one by Taylor! Body shot by Serrano. Taylor working off the counter again. Straight left by Serrano. Right hand by Taylor. A reminder these are only two-minute rounds. Good left by Serrano. They trade shots in close. Counter left by Taylor. And a jab. What a crowd this is! 10-9 Taylor.
Round 2 – Taylor throwing a straight right. Serrano looking to pressure. They do some dirty boxing in the clinch. Good body shot by Serrano. Big right hand by Taylor buckles Serrano’s knees momentarily. Left hand by Serrano! Hard body shot by Serrano. Left hook by Taylor. Straight right by Taylor connects. Another body shot by Serrano and then a straight left by the southpaw Amanda. 20-18 Taylor.
Round 3 – Taylor going to the body and Serrano returns fire. Little tussle in the clinch and the referee separates them. Left hand up top and to the body by Serrano. Right hand by Taylor and another sneaky quick one. Left hand lands for Serrano! Taylor ties up. More clinching and the ref breaks them up. Left connects for Taylor. Hard body blow by Serrano. Big left by Serrano. And another one lands. Taylor with a right hand! No one can hear the bell the crowd is so loud! 29-28 Taylor.
Round 4 – Taylor’s right eye swelling just a tad. They both land jabs but Serrano’s looked heavier. Quick combination by Taylor. Serrano to the body and then Taylor initiates the clinch. A left over the top by Serrano. Taylor with a flurry. Short left by Serrano and Taylor retaliates to the body. Sharp right hand by Taylor on an excellent counter. Three-piece by Taylor but only one landed clearly. Wicked body shot by Serrano. Right hook by Serrano countered by a Taylor left. This is an intense round. Short right by Taylor gets through. 38-38.
Round 5 – They waste no time getting into their offense to start the fifth. Good exchange from both women. Now we have a bit of a war going on in close quarters! Who’s landing the better shots? It’s a brawl! And This is what the fans wanted. Taylor eating more punches especially to the body but she tags Serrano upstairs twice! Hard left hook by Taylor after it looked like Taylor was stunned! Big 1-2 by Serrano! OH MY GOD! Taylor is hurt badly! She is bleeding heavily! Taylor trying to hold on! Big body shot! Serrano is not relenting with her onslaught of offense! Right hand by Taylor but Serrano is clearly more powerful and this is the type of fight she thrives off of! WHAT A ROUND! 48-47 Serrano.
Round 6 – Taylor continuing to fight fire with fire. Serrano with the pressure and the power punches! Taylor holding on desperately and looking tired. Good left hook by Taylor! Right hook by Serrano! Jab by Serrano! Right hand by Taylor! Taylor’s legs are not steady but she’s throwing back! Big body shot by Serrano. Body shot by Taylor! Missed on the hook upstairs. Serrano backs up Taylor with a straight left! But Taylor is returning fire! Big right hand by Serrano! Taylor eats another massive right hook! Taylor with a quick combo upstairs! Look at these two going toe to toe! 58-56 Serrano.
Round 7 – Serrano not throwing much to start the 7th. How can you keep up that pace?! Taylor with two good right hands. Swift left hook by Taylor. I think Taylor is doing well in the 7th. Serrano with a straight left. Serrano’s right eye swelling. Jab by Taylor. They both land punches. Body shot by Serrano. Straight right by Taylor. 67-66 Serrano.
Round 8 – Did Serrano take the last round off? We’ll see. Taylor comes out the aggressor. And she’s going for it! Right hand and a big left by Taylor in a flurry of power shots. Serrano is stalking the champ. Left hand by Serrano. Hook to the body by Serrano. Stinging jab by the challenger. Counter left by Taylor. Serrano’s output has noticeably waned and Taylor is landing the better shots. Another good round for Taylor. 76-76.
Round 9 – They’re trading in close again in the center of the ring. Good left hand by Taylor. Counter right by Taylor. Right hand by Serrano and a clinch from Taylor. Taylor stumbled but it might have been a balance thing. Right hand by Serrano. Right hand by Taylor! Serrano’s punches coming more slowly! Taylor looking fresher. Good left hook by Taylor. Nice combo by Taylor. Winging right by Taylor! Hard right by Taylor! And she’s got momentum! I think it’s 86-85 Taylor.
Round 10 – Final two minutes! They’re laying it all on the line. Crowd is going berserk. Short lefts by Serrano in close. Taylor clinching up. A left hook by Taylor. Big right hook by Serrano! Short uppercut by Serrano. Serrano is cut! Taylor firing away! Both women scoring big! 30 seconds to go! It’s too close to call. What a combo by Taylor! Serrano responds right back and they’re both firing away haymakers! Taylor’s knees buckle! But Serrano is getting tagged hard!!! THEY SLUG IT OUT! THIS IS AMAZING! WHAT A FIGHT! 96-94 Taylor but it could go in any direction.
Official result: Katie Taylor def. Amanda Serrano by split decision (96-94 Serrano, 97-93 Taylor, 96-93 Taylor) to remain the undisputed lightweight champion
Liam Smith def. Jessie Vargas by TKO at :41 of Round 10
Franchon Crews Dezurn def. Elin Cederroos by unanimous decision (99-91, 99-91, 97-93) to become the undisputed super-middleweight champion
Galal Yafai def. Miguel Cartagena by TKO (corner stoppage) at end of Round 2
Preliminary Card (4:30 PM ET, Online)
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Reshat Mati def. Joe Eli Hernandez by unanimous decision (80-72, 80-72, 80-72)
Skye Nicolson def. Paisley Davis by unanimous decision (60-53, 60-53, 60-53)
Khalil Coe def. William Langston by unanimous decision (58-56, 59-55, 60-54)
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