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‘Let’s do it again’: Katie Taylor open to Amanda Serrano’s rematch after thrilling fight

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Kate Taylor would enjoy a rematch against Amanda Serrano after prevailing by a razor-thin split decision in a riveting contest Madison Square Garden in NYC.

In the first women’s fight to make headlines at that famous venue, which hosted the 1971 ‘Fight of the Century’ between Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali, Taylor maintained her status as the undisputed lightweight champion.

The Irish fighter put up with a brutal onslaught in the middle rounds but showed tremendous resilience, using every ounce of her experience to finish strong and retain her WBC, WBA, IBF and WBO titles.

She received nods from two judges, scoring 97-93 and 96-93, with a third flop for her Puerto Rican opponent 96-94, though there were immediate calls for a return showdown.

Taylor, who extended her unbeaten professional record to 21 wins from as many fights, seemed to agree with the idea and then said in the ring to DAZN: “Let’s do it again, Amanda.”

“I knew I would eventually be in the trenches as soon as I went in. She’s a phenomenal fighter, a great, great person.

“I have the heart to go with the ability and I knew I would be able to pull through.

“What a fight, what a win, what a night.”

This was billed as the greatest women’s fight in history and the pair, both credited as pioneers of the sport for what they have achieved, justified the hype in a frenetic seesaw match.

Serrano, who has won nine world titles in seven weight classes, seemed to get the upper hand as she landed several penalty blows to her opponent’s head and body, but Taylor refused to back down.

The Bray fighter used her movement and countered effectively to finish strong, and while both fighters had their moments in a riveting finals that thrilled in front of a sold-out crowd of 19,187, Serrano was left to contemplate a first loss since 2012 and the second of her celebrated ones Career with 45 fights.

“Katie is a great champion,” Serrano said afterwards. “She is undefeated and undisputed, I am truly honored to share the ring. Women can sell, women can fight and women can put on one hell of a show.”

While Serrano was magnanimous in the loss, Jake Paul, the former YouTube star who promotes the multi-weight world champion, tweeted his disgust at the decision and simply said, “Robbed.”

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