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Boxing world hails Katie Taylor-Amanda Serrano as special moment for women's boxing

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Katie Taylor's win over Amanda Serrano at Madison Square Garden was special, and may very well end up being the best boxing match of the year.

For 10 rounds in front of a raucous crowd, the two top pound-for-pound boxers went to war, all the way up to the final bell. The fight was seen as quite possibly the most significant in women's boxing history going into Saturday, and the sport more than met expectations.

Taylor was named the victor by split decision despite looking dazed at one point in the fifth round, a result just controversial enough to spark an immediate agreement for a rematch.

Taylor's promoter Eddie Hearn hailed the fight as one of the greatest in boxing history, while Serrano's promoter, Jake Paul, had a one-word reaction.

Pretty much everyone watching the fight agreed on the fight's quality, but there was more than a little disagreement about the outcome. Several people, including one of the judges, thought it was Serrano's win. But that didn't take away from the size of the moment.

Jake Paul, Conor McGregor feud after Serrano-Taylor

And, of course, there just had to be a Jake Paul-Conor McGregor feud.

Paul appeared onscreen alongside Hearn after the fight in his capacity as Serrano's promoter through his Most Valuable Promotions and objected to the result as the Madison Square Garden crowd loudly booed him:

"It was a draw at best. We thought we won. We thought Amanda won. Amanda performed amazing, fight of a lifetime. That was Arturo Gatti versus Micky Ward. That was incredible, both women fought their hearts out. This is a historic moment. The crowd's booing, but everyone here's a winner tonight."

McGregor, rooting for his compatriot Taylor, didn't appreciate hearing someone question her win:

It didn't take long for Paul to respond with a brutal takedown.

Irish boxer Katie Taylor (R) and Puerto Rican boxer Amanda Serrano pose for photos following their the World Lightweight Title fight at Madison Square Garden on April 30, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP) (Photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images)
What a night for Katie Taylor, Amanda Serrano and boxing. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images)