Taylor Serrano generated $ 1,450,180.60 in Ticket Sales for a Historic Collision at MSG

Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano continue to exceed expectations weeks after their epic championship clash.

The April 30 battle at New York’s famous Madison Square Garden was an exciting success in every sense of the word. Taylor of Ireland defied a stiff challenge from Serrano, Brooklyn’s seven-division titleholder via Puerto Rico, to retain her undisputed lightweight championship in front of a sold-out and raging crowd of 19,187 that produced an astonishing $ 1,450,180.60 in final box office sales. .

The event – which aired live on DAZN to a global audience of more than 1,500,000 viewers – marked the first ever women’s combat sport to stand out at the famous arena. The main event produced an instant classic and a leading Battle of the Year challenger – regardless of gender – and unforgettable memories for all involved.

“April 30 was a bright moment for women’s boxing and a historic night at Madison Square Garden,” Joel Fisher, executive vice president of marquee events for MSG, told BoxingScene.com. “In front of a sold out Garden crowd Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano did what many consider to be the battle of the year.

“Hopefully, it will be a springboard for more prominent women’s fights in the future.”

The performance at the live gate was the best for any boxing event on MSG property since the pandemic.

Taylor (21-0, 6KOs) has fought twice before at the famous venue, both times coming in sub-card capacity to arguably the two biggest global draws in the sport today.

The two-time Olympic and 2012 Olympic gold medalist from Bray, Ireland made her MSG debut in a ten-round decision by then-undefeated Eva Wahlstrom, who rose in weight for her December 2018 WBA / IBF light title fight. The show was featured by Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, who was making his heavyweight debut at the time in a third-round knockout of Rocky Fielding, later becoming the undisputed champion of the division.

Taylor returned to New York less than six months later, fully uniting the lightweight division in a ten-round, majority decision victory over Delfine Persoon in their WBA / WBC / IBF / WBO championship. The attack served as a supporting capacity in a June 2019 show featured by Anthony Joshua losing his WBA / IBF / WBO / IBO heavyweight titles in a surprisingly upset knockout loss against Andy Ruiz.

Serrano (42-2-1, 30KB) fought twice at MSG’s Hulu Theater, both times in sub-card attacks in consecutive appearances in 2019. The now 33-year-old Southern won his seventh and final section title in a 35-second knockout of Eva Voraberger in January 2019, claiming the WBO junior bantamweight title. The win came just four months after winning the WBO junior welterweight belt – 25 pounds up the scale – in a ten-round win over Yamila Esther Reynoso at Barclays Center in her Brooklyn hometown.

The win over Voraberger saw Serrano at a career lightest 114 ¼ pounds, immediately returning to her optimum main weight at a featherweight. The move saw Serrano become a three-time titleholder at the division, after a ten-round win over then-undefeated WBO featherweight titleholder Heather Hardy in front of an intimate but hoarse crowd at Hulu Theater in September 2019.

Taylor and Serrano both fought again each before moving on to a planned May 2020 clash in Manchester, England. The fight had served as the mainstay in a heavyweight battle between Dillian Whyte and Alexander Povetkin, only to have the pandemic shut down those plans.

Matchroom Sport president Eddie Hearn, Taylor’s career-long promoter, sought to move the fight to his Fight Camp series staged at Matchroom Boxing headquarters in Brentwood, England. Those plans were quickly unraveled, with the battle apparently dead in the water at that point.

“I never thought this fight was going to happen,” Hearn previously confessed to BoxingScene.com during a fight week in New York City. “We had it agreed twice, signed once. Amanda and Jordan Maldonado (Serrano’s coach and brother-in-law) never felt the money was right for the fight. but the money was ten times what she had ever earned. It was the right money at the time.

“Jordan even said to me (during a week of fighting), ‘I told you how big this fight was.’ But I thought this battle wasn’t that big three years ago when you signed the contract. Now you’re getting f —– ‘wealth, so good luck to you. It just happened at the right time. to believe how great the battle is. “

Despite the demand for a rematch to their immediate classic, the two are likely to go their separate ways for their next respective ring appearances although plans are not yet confirmed on either side.

Hearn noted during an Instagram Live session on Tuesday that Taylor is likely to return in September, though without firm plans at the moment. Serrano’s next move is unknown, though – even in a narrow defeat in a battle that could have easily gone her way – she still holds the unified WBC / WBO / IBO featherweight crown. The goal for Serrano remains to become Puerto Rico’s first undisputed champion in the three- or four-zone era, male or female.

Taylor and Serrano both won seven-figure pay days for their pound-for-pound conflict, winning every penny and then a few for a fight that shattered extremely high expectations in and out of the ring.

Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.