For the first time in the history of Madison Square Garden, boxing’s most prestigious stage, Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano delivered a fight of the year contender in front of a sold-out crowd, making a name for themselves and creating a bright future for other female fighters looking to impact women’s boxing.
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In a post-fight interview with both promoters, Eddie Hearn (Taylor’s promoter) said that he would want to put the rematch on in Taylor’s homeland of Ireland, which itself has a massive history of boxing. Between a huge boxing fan base in Ireland and the outstanding performance of these two women, I would be incredibly shocked if it didn’t do equal or bigger numbers than the first fight. Can you imagine if Seranno wins the rematch and they cap the trilogy off in Serrano's Puerto Rico, another massive boxing culture?
First Female Boxing Match With This Kind of Media Presence
I still have my reservations about Jake Paul (Serrano’s promoter) as a boxer, but I have to take my hat off to him when it comes to promoting fights. Taylor vs Serrano had incredible optics and great media presence, so much so that it overshadowed other fights featuring bigger names at times. The fact that this fight drew so many eyes (and buys), and then put on a fight of the year performance, is a huge step in the right direction for women’s boxing.
Promoters Will Notice
Women’s fights have historically had a problem doing well monetarily even though many female fighters are, on a technical level, more skilled and more willing to get bloody than many male boxers (in my opinion). I think that was partially due to poor or half-hearted promotion from the big stables, but this fight will change that. Taylor vs Serrano proved without a doubt that there is a market for women’s boxing and that the fights they put on will draw in money if the promotion is there.
The Future of Women’s Boxing
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The future of women’s boxing is incredibly bright, especially after this fight, and I can’t wait to see what other talented fighters (Clarissa Shields comes to mind) will do with this new spotlight on their side of the sport. I am excited about the Shields/Marshall clash in September as I have a feeling they will deliver just as incredible a boxing match as Taylor/Serrano.
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