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Taylor vs Serrano LIVE! Boxing updates and undercard results


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aylor vs Serrano – LIVE!

Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano face-off tonight in what is easily the biggest fight in the history of women’s boxing.

The iconic, sold-out Madison Square Garden in New York is the location for a major showdown years in the making, which will see the undisputed lightweight championship of the world on the line between the best in the sport.

Irish icon Taylor has held that status since her controversial 2019 win over Delfine Persoon at this same venue and remains undefeated in a glittering, trailblazing career, but faces a huge test tonight against her toughest opponent in Serrano.

The Puerto Rican, now promoted by Jake Paul, is a nine-time world champion across an incredible seven different weight divisions and currently also reigns as the unified featherweight queen.

On Saturday’s undercard, Liverpool’s Liam Smith is in a tough battle with former two-weight world champion Jessie Vargas, while Franchon Crews-Dezurn and Elin Cederroos go head to head for the undisputed women’s super-middleweight championship.

Olympic gold medalist Galal Yafai also makes only his second professional appearance as he rises through the ranks post-Tokyo success.

Boxing schedule and results

Katie Taylor vs Amanda Serrano

Jessie Vargas vs Liam Smith

Franchon Crews-Dezurn vs Elin Cederroos

Galal Yafai vs Miguel Cartagena

Austin Williams bt Chordale Booker

Reshat Mati bt Joe Eli Hernandez

Skye Nicolson bt Shanecqua Paisley Davis

Khalil Coe bt William Langston

Follow Taylor vs Serrano LIVE with Standard Sport’s blog below!

Live updates

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Yafai vs Cartagena up next

First up on tonight’s main card is the second professional appearance of Galal Yafai.

Great Britain’s 2020 Olympic gold medallist is in another tough-looking 10-rounder against seasoned American Miguel Cartagena.

Yafai wants these proper tests straight from the jump to put him on a fast track to pro stardom, not messing around with early four or six-rounders against hopelessly overmatched opponents.

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Tonight he’s defending the WBC International flyweight title he won on debut against Carlos Vado Bautista on the Okolie-Cieslak undercard at London’s O2 Arena in February.

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Hearn: This is just the start for women’s boxing

For Eddie Hearn meanwhile, there is no doubt that tonight’s “historic, game-changing” main event will live up to its considerable billing.

“This has been billed as the biggest female fight of all time, but actually it’s one of the biggest fights of all time,” he said this week.

“I’m so confident in the fight itself that if it’s the fight I’m absolutely convinced it will be, it will blow the doors off women’s boxing and boxing in general.

“It will just be the start of so many big, major fights for females.”

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Eddie Hearn vs Jake Paul bet

Respective promoters Eddie Hearn and Jake Paul made a seven-figure wager on tonight’s main event while going back and forth at the final press conference on Thursday, with Paul then pledging to give his potential winnings to Serrano.

But Hearn has since revealed that they had to cancel that after being given a telling off and reminder of their respective roles, with something much more interesting planned by the sounds of things…

“Unfortunately we kind of got our collar felt a little bit in the respect of – promoters can’t bet on their own fight and that’s not a great look,” he said.

“So myself and Jake have been coming up with an alternative which is gonna make you laugh a lot. I’ll give you the details maybe later before the fight.

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“It probably involves me getting knocked out, but that’s only if Katie loses. If not, it’s gonna involve Jake Paul getting knocked out.

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“It’s gonna be for charity. All the details are gonna be [revealed]. We had a conversation after and got told, ‘Legally you can’t really bet on the fight as a promoter.’

“And we were like, ‘Okay.’ But we’ve got something that’s much bigger that we’re working on. If Katie loses tonight I’ll be in the gym. And if she wins I’ll be on the phone to several people. All will be revealed.”

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Taylor: This is going to be a very special night

‘Bray Bomber’ Taylor is expecting the world’s most famous arena to be packed full of Irish fans tonight.

“I think every single Irish person I know right now is actually coming over for the fight,” she said.

“I think the stadium will be packed with Irish people and the support will be incredible.

“The whole stadium is going to be full of Irish flags and that just adds to the excitement for me, the magnitude of it.

“The support I’ve had from everyone back home, ever since my amateur days, has been incredible.

“The fact that they’re all travelling over for this fight as well is amazing. This is going to be a very special night.”

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Taylor vs Serrano: Who wins? Vote now…

Who do you think will triumph in tonight’s massive main event?

Vote in our Standard Sport Twitter poll below…

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You might notice that Mr Eddie Hearn is sporting a full tuxedo tonight.

He revealed in a chat with Steve Bunce this week that he wasn’t initially planning to do so again, having worn one for Anthony Joshua’s ill-fated US debut at MSG against Andy Ruiz Jr back in the summer of 2019.

But then he remembered that Taylor also emerged victorious on that card, becoming the undisputed lightweight world champion with a controversial points defeat of Delfine Persoon.

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A good omen?

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Taylor: Serrano is a big puncher… but my desire will see me through

Many people are giving Serrano the edge tonight due to her greater power, despite being the naturally smaller fighter who has switched between weights at an incredible pace.

30 of her 42 pro wins have come via stoppage, though Taylor believes she has the durability necessary to withstand those shots and come out on top.

“I think she’s known to be a big puncher,” Taylor said. “But I wouldn’t be concerned about that. I have a good chin.

“I’m definitely preparing for the toughest fight of my career, but it will be the toughest fight of her career as well.

“This is one of the reasons – a 50/50 fight, the biggest fight in the sport right now – why there’s so much excitement about it.

“But my will to win, my desire, my heart, my grit, that will see me through.”

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Katie Taylor: I was born for fights like this

Here are some pre-fight thoughts from the great Katie Taylor as we await the start of the main undercard at Madison Square Garden, where a women’s fight will top the bill for the very first time ever.

History being made in New York tonight.

“This has been dubbed as the biggest fight in female boxing history and ever since it was announced you can feel the buzz around this fight,” Taylor said.

“Training camp is going great, I’m feeling fit, I’m feeling strong and I’m expecting to produce a career-best performance.

“I think I was born for fights like this and although it’s a huge responsibility, it’s an absolute privilege to be a part of such a huge occasion and I just can’t wait.”

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