The biggest fight in all of women’s boxing goes down inside Madison Square Garden in New York, N.Y., tonight (Sat., Apr. 30, 2022) when undisputed Lightweight queenpin, Katie Taylor, takes on seven-division titlist, Amanda Serrano, streaming live on DAZN pay-per-view (PPV).
MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE coverage of the Taylor vs. Serrano main event below. The main card broadcast kicks off 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 ultimately fell apart because of the COVID pandemic. Talks reignited last year after Serrano left long-time promoter, Lou DiBella, in favor of signing with Jake Paul, and we now find ourselves just hours away from crowning the best pound-for-pound female boxer on the planet.
The card will also see unified Super Middleweight champions Franchon Crews-Dezurn and Elin Cederroos square off for undisputed status, Liam Smith take on Jessie Vargas in a long-brewing grudge match, Olympic gold medalist Galal Yafai meet Miguel Cartagena, and Austin “Ammo” Williams take on Chordale Booker in a clash of unbeaten prospects.
Katie Taylor vs. Amanda Serrano — Taylor def. Serrano by split decision (94-96, 97-93, 96-93
Liam Smith vs. Jessie Vargas — Smith def. Vargas by TKO at 0:41 of Round 10
Franchon Crews-Dezurn vs. Elin Cederroos — Crews-Dezurn def. Cederroos by unanimous decision (99-91 x2, 97-93)
Galal Yafai vs. Miguel Cartagena — Yafai def. Cartagena by RTD at 3:00 of Round Two
Austin Williams vs. Chordale Booker — Williams def. Booker by TKO at 2:25 of Round One
Undisputed Lightweight Championship: Katie Taylor vs. Amanda Serrano
Round one: Serrano advancing, eats a combination in the corner. Heavy exchange. Halfway through. They trade lefts. Taylor straight right. Big overhand left by Serrano. Counter combo lands for Taylor, who slips away from the return body shot. Another exchange of lefts. 10-9 Taylor.
Round two: Straight right from Taylor. Serrano steps in and they club each other in the clinch. Serrano body shot. Taylor cracks her with some straight rights. Halfway through. Counter 3-2 from Taylor, 1-2 from Serrano. Taylor check hook, more pressure from Serrano. Taylor’s getting the better of things on the back foot. Straight right connects. Taylor left hook, Serrano body shot and 1-1-2. 10-9, 20-18 Taylor.
Round three: Serrano still trying to bully her way inside. Taylor doing a good job of picking her off. Good exchange in the corner, clinch halfway through. Lead right by Taylor. Another. Solid left from Serrano, flurry from Taylor in return, clinch. Taylor 1-2, low-high 2-3. Serrano digs to the body and eats a left hook. Another exchange of lefts. Overhand left by Serrano, then an exchange after the bell as the ref fails to hear it. 10-9, 30-27 Taylor.
Round four: Jab lands for Serrano. Counter two-piece from Taylor, Serrano opens up in the corner until she gets clinched. Heavy exchanges inside. Trading in the clinch. Taylor to the body. Halfway through. Hard rights from Taylor, lead left by Serrano. Big punches by Taylor. She’s still picking Serrano off despite the commentators’ bloviating. 10-9, 40-36 Taylor.
Round five: Good exchanges on the ropes. Serrano rips the body, Taylor comes back with huge combinations to the head. Serrano doing her best work of the fight here. They’re slugging it out. Halfway through the round. Taylor’s definitely hurt and Serrano’s pouring it on. Taylor ties up. Body shot, uppercut, right hook all landing for Serrano. Taylor looking to throw back with her. 10-9 Serrano, 49-46 Taylor.
Round six: Serrano marching in, gets clinched trying to open up in the corner. Trading heat. Taylor’s landing some hard punches but her legs don’t look great. Hard right hands landing for her as I say that. Clinch. Halfway through. Taylor bangs the body, lands a hard right upstairs. Serrano straight left, gets backed off by a bit right. Brutal counters from Taylor. Clinch. Serrano looking to land inside. Brutal exchanges. 10-9, 59-55 Taylor.
Round seven: Solid right hands landing for Taylor. Halfway through. Serrano goes to the body, eats a two-piece. Taylor 3-2. Serrano straight left. Body shot, 2-1. Taylor pops her with a jab upstairs. Good exchange on the ropes, lead right by Taylor. Serrano to the body. 10-9 Serrano, 68-65 Taylor.
Round eight: Early combination work from Taylor. Serrano still marching in, walks into a right hand. More Taylor counters. They tie up and whack each other with short punches halfway through. Hard 1-2-3 from Taylor. They trade on the ropes. Quick exchange, long right by Taylor. Serrano bangs the body inside. 10-9, 78-74 Taylor.
Round nine: Taylor ramping the output back up, landing combinations. Serrano wades in, gets clinched. Taylor continuing to pick her off. Hard counter right from Taylor. Halfway through. 2-1, clinch. Serrano not showing as much volume and is missing big, though she’s still landing some solid shots. There’s some body work in the clinch. Taylor cracks her with right hands in return. Good 3-2 as they exchange. 10-9, 88-83 Taylor.
Round ten: Serrano marching in as they continue to trade. Clinch, exchange on the break. Big left hooks from Taylor as Serrano opens up. Taylor 3-2 halfway through. Taylor tying up when Serrano tries to pressure. Both connect as they separate. Long combos from Taylor, Serrano tries to answer to the body. Brutal shots from Taylor. Serrano trying to answer. Monstrous shots in the center to end the fight. 10-9, 98-92 Taylor.
Final result: Taylor def. Serrano by split decision
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