Katie Taylor defeats Amanda Serrano via split decision in history-making classic

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NEW YORK โ€” Katie Taylor retained her undisputed lightweight championship of the world, and cemented herself as a sporting legend in the process, with a split decision win over Amanda Serrano in the first women's boxing bout to headline Madison Square Garden in its 140-year history.

With an atmosphere from the reported sellout crowd of 19,187 so loud that the referee was struggling to hear the bell at the end of each of the 10 two-minute rounds, the three ringside judges scored it 97-93 and 96-93 for Taylor, with the third deeming it a Serrano fight at 96-94.

Taylor's boxing was at its most majestic here at the Garden, in a fight that would not only cement the legacy of both combatants but also the futures of many generations of fighters to come. However she was pinned down in the fifth round and subjected to brutal sustained Serrano offense.

Taylor's rally in the sixth could go down as the most important round of her career. And with a stellar counter-left leading the charge, she did enough to leave the Puerto Rican challenger in need of a knockout in the eyes of many as we entered the 10th and final frame.

Serrano certainly fought like she needed the finish in the last round, and what unfolded was a mesmerizing open exchange which ended the bout in a style fitting the occasion.

Winning co-promoter Eddie Hearnย stated in the ring post-fight that he wants to give Taylor a homecoming bout in Ireland. And off the back of this incredible contest between the two top pound-for-pound best women's fighters on the planet, a rematch in an Irish stadium would be a red-hot ticket.

To check back on all of the updates, including results for the undercard and prelims, scroll through the liveblog comments below.


Round 6

Smith is firmly dictating the flow of this fight now, and though Vargas is still finding some good shots, he's soaking up a lot more than he's landing. 4-2 in rounds for the Brit.

Round 5

Good one for Smith, as he makes numerous inroads with his pressure approach. Vargas looking to counter-box, but not having a ton of joy in that frame. 3-2 in rounds to Liam.

Round 4

Great round! The crowd came unglued twice for lively exchanges, and each man seemed to have the other reeling once each as well. Smith just edges that one, with better and more enterprising work outside of the big moments just clinching it.

Round 3

Some great open exchanges between the two in the third round, and while Vargas' work edges this one for me, Smith is looking formidable when he lands and you wonder if the power is going to be decisive in the end.

Round 2

Vargas finding his rhythm now, and though Smith is still finding routes in, it's a round apiece thus far on this scorecard.

Smith vs. Vargas, Round 1

Smith looks composed and focused here, getting the better shots of a careful opening round. A great land comes right before the bell and the Brit is a round up.

Chief support is on deck

Liam Smith vs. Jessie Vargas has gotten personal, and it will be the next contest on the card. After that, all that remains is history... Taylor vs. Serrano, for the undisputed lightweight title, follows Smith and Vargas.

Franchon has done it!

99-91 x2 and 97-93 all in favour of the UNDISPUTED super-middleweight champion of the world, Franchon Crews-Dezurn!

We go to the judges

What an absorbing 10-rounder!

7 rounds done, 3 left

This has been a war.

Taylor and Serrano are here

And when their arrivals were shown up on the iconic MSG high screens, the place was deafening from both Irish and Puerto Rican fans.

Frantic first two rounds

Some great action, with FCD getting the better of key exchanges

Up next

It's time for an undisputed women's super-middleweight champion as Franchon Crews-Dezurn and Elin Cederroos engage in unification warfare momentarily.

Looking very professional

In fact, that's it!

Cartagena won't be coming out from his corner for a round three, and Yafai gets the win at the end of two rounds of action!

Yafai vs. Cartagena: 2 rounds in

One-way traffic as a stoppage seems likely in the very near future. Yafai is looking very slick and eager to do some damage, though he's taking a few easy shots during his onslaught. That'll need some work as his opponents get tougher.

It's not too late

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And here we go with the main card!

Up first: Olympian Galal Yafai's pro journey continues in a 10-rounder vs. Miguel Cartagena for the WBC International flyweight title.

Main card is next

We kick off the main show, airing exclusively on DAZN, with Galal Yafai vs. Miguel Cartagena, followed by one of two undisputed world title fights on the card as Franchon Crews-Dezurn and Elin Cederroos unify their belts. In chief support, Jessie Vargas and Liam Smith finally contest their grudge match after years of trying, before we make sporting history in the featured attraction. Ringwalks for Taylor-Serrano are anticipated for around 10:15pm ET / 3:15am in the UK and Ireland.

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