Madrid, May 1 (EFE).- Katie Taylor retained her lightweight belt as she claimed a split decision victory over Amanda Serrano in the fight held at Madison Square Garden Saturday night.
The Irishwoman scored 96-93 and 97-93, while the Puerto Rican obtained a 95-94 score.
Thus, the undisputed champion earned her 21st victory without any defeat, while handing Serrano her second loss. The Puerto Rican has claimed 42 victories and one draw.
The mission, however, was not easy for the Irishwoman who was overwhelmed by Serrano’s quick movement and jabs in the early stages of the 10-round, seesaw fight.
In the last 30 seconds, despite being injured, the two fighters were punching machines, with no advantage for either.
“It was a special, special moment, the best night of my career,” Taylor, the 2012 Olympic lightweight champion, said afterwards.
“I was not sure if anything could reach my Olympic gold medal moment, but tonight was absolutely the best moment of my career,” she added.EFE