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Katie Taylor remains undisputed at lightweight with narrow split-decision win over Amanda Serrano

Undisputed women’s lightweight champion Katie Taylor and seven-division champion Amanda Serrano put on a show at sold-out Madison Square Garden Saturday night.

The dust has barely cleared and many fans are clamouring for a rematch.

Taylor (21-0-0, 6 KOs), 35, used her volume, speed and countering ability to emerge with a close 94-96, 96-93, and 97-93 split-decision victory over Serrano (42-2-1, 30 KOs), 33, in a fight that some fans thought the challenger won.

It was the fifth and sixth rounds in which Serrano, who moved up from featherweight for the bout, had the champion on the ropes, cutting her off and scoring with heavy left hooks that had the referee looking closely.

But Taylor seemed to recover after those harrowing rounds and score some points of her own, which only motivated Serrano to dig deep. The last round saw each fighter trying to end the biggest fight in the history of female boxing.

โ€œTonight was just fantastic โ€“ I had to dig deep in there tonight,” Taylor said to reporters afterwards. “I had to produce a career-defining performance. We definitely got the best out of each other.”


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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