The biggest fight in women’s boxing takes place tonight (Sat. April 30, 2022) at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY, as undisputed lightweight queenpin, Katie Taylor, takes on seven-division titlist Amanda Serrano, streaming live on DAZN pay per view (PPV).
MMAmania.com will be reporting LIVE below from the Taylor vs. serrano. The main card broadcast starts on DAZN at 7:30 p.m. ET, while Taylor and Serrano are expected to make their ring walks around 10:15 p.m. ET (stream it here†
The match-up was originally scheduled for 2020, but eventually fell apart due to the COVID pandemic. Talks picked up again last year after Serrano left longtime promoter, Lou DiBella, to sign with Jake Paul, and we’re now just hours away from crowning the world’s best pound-for-pound female boxer.
The card will also pit united Super Middleweight champions Franchon Crews-Dezurn and Elin Cederroos against each other for undisputed status, Liam Smith takes on Jessie Vargas in a lengthy grudge match, Olympic gold medalist Galal Yafai meets Miguel Cartagena and Austin” Ammo” Williams takes on Chordale Booker in a clash of undefeated prospects.
Katie Taylor vs. Amanda Serrano — Taylor beats. Serrano by split decision (94-96, 97-93, 96-93
Liam Smith vs. Jessie Vargas – Smith defeats. Vargas by TKO at 0:41 of Round 10
Franchon Crews-Dezurn vs. Elin Cedar Rose – Beats Crews-Dezurn. Cedar rose by unanimous decision (99-91 x2, 97-93)
Galal Yafai vs. Miguel Cartagena — Yafai defeats. Cartagena by RTD at 3:00 of round two
Austin Williams vs. Chordale Booker – Williams beats. Booker by TKO at 2:25 of round one
Undisputed Lightweight Championship: Katie Taylor vs. Amanda Serrano
Round One: Serrano approaches, eats a combination in the corner. Heavy exchange. Halfway through. They trade links. Taylor straight ahead. Big overhand left by Serrano. Countercombo lands in front of Taylor, who slips away from the return bodyshot. Another exchange of links. 10-9 Taylor.
Round two: Straight from Taylor. Serrano intervenes and they bludgeon each other. Serrano body shot. Taylor cracks her up with some straight rights. Halfway through. Counter 3-2 from Taylor, 1-2 from Serrano. Taylor check hook, more pressure from Serrano. Taylor keeps getting better and better. Straight ahead connects. Taylor left hook, Serrano body shot and 1-1-2. 10-9, 20-18 Taylor.
Round three: Serrano is still trying to bully her way in. Taylor tries her best to finish her off. Good change in the corner, clinch half way through. Lead straight through Taylor. Another. Solid left from Serrano, flurry from Taylor in return, clinch. Taylor 1-2, low-high 2-3. Serrano digs for the body and eats a left hook. Another exchange of links. Left overhand by Serrano, then an exchange after the bell because the referee doesn’t hear it. 10-9, 30-27 Taylor.
Round four: Jab lands in front of Serrano. Taylor’s two-piece counter, Serrano opens into the corner until riveted. Heavy exchanges in. Trade in the clinch. Taylor to the body. Halfway through. Hard rights from Taylor, lead left by Serrano. Big hits from Taylor. She still pecks Serrano, despite the barking of the commentators. 10-9, 40-36 Taylor.
Round five: Good exchanges on the ropes. Serrano rips the body, Taylor returns with huge combinations on the head. Serrano does her best work of battle here. They smear it. Half way through the round. Taylor is definitely hurt and Serrano is pouring it on. Taylor ties up. Body shot, uppercut, right hook all landing for Serrano. Taylor wants to throw back with her. 10-9 Serrano, 49-46 Taylor.
Round Six: Serrano marching in is hijacked trying to open in the corner. Trade heat. Taylor gives some hard punches, but her legs don’t look great. Hard right hands land in front of her as I say that. clinch. Halfway through. Taylor punches the body, lands a hard top right. Serrano straight to the left, is sent back a little to the right. Brutal counters from Taylor. clinch. Serrano wants to land in. Brutal exchanges. 10-9, 59-55 Taylor.
Round seven: Solid right hand landing in front of Taylor. Halfway through. Serrano goes to the body, eats a two piece. Taylor 3-2. Serrano straight to the left. Body shot, 2-1. Taylor pops her up with a jab. Good exchange on the ropes, led past Taylor. Serrano for the body. 10-9 Serrano, 68-65 Taylor.
Round Eight: Taylor’s early combination work. Serrano, still marching in, bumps into a right hand. More Taylor counters. They tie each other up and hit each other halfway with short thrusts. Difficult 1-2-3 from Taylor. They trade on the ropes. Quick exchange, long right through Taylor. Serrano slams the body inside. 10-9, 78-74 Taylor.
Round nine: Taylor increases output and lands combinations. Serrano wades in, is arrested. Taylor keeps picking her. Hard counter from Taylor. Halfway through. 2-1, fixed. Serrano doesn’t show as much volume and misses big, although she still gets some solid shots. There’s some bodywork involved. Taylor cracks her with the right hand in return. Good 3-2 when they switch. 10-9, 88-83 Taylor.
Round ten: Serrano marches in as they continue to trade. Klink, switch in the break. Big left hooks from Taylor as Serrano opens up. Taylor 3-2 half way through. Taylor records when Serrano tries to apply pressure. Both connect while separating. Taylor’s long combos, Serrano tries to answer to the body. Brutal shots of Taylor. Serrano tries to answer. Monstrous shots in the middle to end the fight. 10-9, 98-92 Taylor.
End result: Taylor beats. Serrano by split decision
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