The atmosphere in the Park is completely electric in the moments before the national anthem. Sweet Caroline is in the books and Puerto Rican and Irish fans will go back and forth trying to beat each other on the decibel scale. When Taylor was shown on Jumbotron, the steady roar of the audience turned into high-pitched screams. Same for Serrano, only a little more deafening. Overall, it’s such a tickling atmosphere that we’ve only seen Garden for a Felix Trinidad or Miguel Cotto fight in the past.
Three national anthems: Republic of Ireland, Puerto Rico and United States of America. They are happening now. Ringwalk is coming.
Liam Smith had just stopped Jessie Vargas in a terrifying battle of attrition in front of an almost full Madison Square Garden. Vargas was lucky to reach the buzzer at the end of the ninth round when the Liverpudlian player handed the penalty, but referee Steve Willis correctly intervened with 2:19 remaining in the 10th round.
The main event between Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano is next. While waiting, here’s our Donald McRae interview with Taylor from earlier this week.
Smith and Vargas are into the seventh of their 12 rounds ahead of tonight’s main event. Meanwhile, here’s Tess Crain’s take on Amanda Serrano, whose improbable partnership with YouTuber-turned-boxer-turned-promoter Jake Paul has given one of boxing’s most decorated but neglected champions the promotional boost she needs to reap the first seven-figure purse of her career. .
While the couple may seem odd – a highly focused Serrano doesn’t date, drink, or own a cell phone, while a highly online Paul places “social” and “media” on social media – they have proven to be powerful complements. Serrano lends Paul credibility as an athlete and throws him in a benevolent new light as a champion for women in the sport. Meanwhile, he had helped raise his profile outside boxing circles and given him unprecedented influence in securing a fight like this.
Paul assessed Serrano’s social media presence and provided him with targeted ways to strengthen his brand: what and when to post, how to engage online with fans, take professional photos. His Instagram and Twitter followers swelled. “It definitely helps a lot,” Serrano said. “Now I’ve got Jake Paul behind me and promoting me, shining that light and writing about me on social media and giving me that push.” This has paid off. Along with its history and glory, it will be the first seven-figure wallet in Serrano’s career.
Liverpool’s Liam Smith and Jessie Vargas of the United States are in the ring for tonight’s final qualifier. The crowd nearly sold out about the 18,000 spectators expected for tonight’s card and many of them were already sitting in their seats.
Both Taylor and Serrano are shown entering the arena with Jumbotron in between rounds during the previous fight. The sight of Taylor sparked cheers from the stands, but there was an even bigger voice for Serrano, who looked set to enjoy a marginal lead in crowd support.
The atmosphere in and around the building had been crackling all night. And here’s something you don’t usually see: at least three Irish pubs on Seventh Avenue were packed with fight fans watching the DAZN broadcast during my trip to the Park tonight. Usually television restrictions around fights make it all but impossible for a local bar to show boxing when it’s so close, but the normal rules have been lifted for the night and it’s only heightened the sense of opportunity.
Hello and welcome to New York for tonight’s blockbuster showdown between Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano for the undisputed lightweight championship. We’re ringside at Madison Square Garden for the long-awaited meeting between two of the world’s best female boxers regardless of weight: the first summit between consensus No. 1 and No. 2 on the male or female pound-for-pound list since the second. Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez in 2008.
Amazingly, tonight’s main event marks the first time that two women have been major draws in Manhattan’s 140-year history of storied venues.
The second to last undercard bout between Franchon Crews-Dezurn of Baltimore and Elin Cederroos of Sweden has just ended with Crews-Dezurn winning the unanimous decision to become the first undisputed super middleweight champion in women’s boxing history. Next up is a 12-round junior middleweight bout between Jessie Vargas and Liam Smith followed by Taylor and Serrano, who should have their ringwalk nearing time soon. There’s more to come between now and then!
Bryan will be here soon. In the meantime, here’s Donald McRae’s preview of tonight’s main event.
Katie Taylor v Amanda Serrano: the undisputed lightweight championship – live! | Boxing
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