By Anthony “Zute” George – Puerto Rican and Irish Pride were on display in Manhattan, the greatest city in the world. A female boxing match was the reason for the electric pow wow. That in it of itself is remarkable. The fight itself had a lot to live up to. The electricity in the arena before the fight could only be outdone by a fight of the year candidate type, or a mystical performance of dominance by the would-be winner. We got all of that and then some-a side of horrific judging putting a damper on an otherwise great night of female pugilism.
Katie Taylor was put to the task like never before and it appeared as if she was dethroned by Amanda Serrano. However, two of the three judges saw it differently. Serrano may have the disks, but Taylor still has all the lightweight belts after a controversial split decision victory.
Scorecards read 97-93 and 96-93 for Taylor, while the judge with the best eyesight scored it 96-94 for Serrano.
Anthony George of Top Class Boxing scored it 97-93 for Amanda Serrano.
Serrano had an epic fifth round where she beat up and bloodied Taylor from start to finish.Taylor bounced back with a better round six, but it was still a round that she lost. The rest of the bout saw Serrano in control, with Taylor having moments few and far between. Round nine being the champions best. Round ten should be a round of the year candidate as both women never stopped throwing punches. A nasty gash opened on Serrano’s eye. The sizable crowd at Madison Square Garden was as loud as it gets at the end of the tenth round, and I think it was obvious they were anticipating Katie Taylor being handed the first L of her career.
Serrano’s effective aggression featured thudding power, a solid body attack, and poise. She was in there with a world class champion, arguably the pound for pound best, and she was the clear boss of the ring but somehow goes home the official loser of the fight. It is another situation in boxing where a great fight is ruined by poor judging. Indeed, this is old hat for the sweet science,and it does not ever appear as if it will be fixed.
In this gritty co-feature, Liam ‘Beefy’ Smith (33-3-1, 17 KOs) proved to be too big and strong for the game, but outgunned Jessie Vargas (29-4-2, 11 KOs). Smith’s relentless, accurate, double-fisted attack wore Vargas down to the point where Jessie was fighting in survival mode. Referee Steve Willis identified this dynamic and called a halt to the bout at :41 of the tenth round. This marked the first time that Jessie Vargas has been stopped in his professional career. The fact that it was also Jessie first fight at 154 pounds should not go unnoticed. He is much better suited south of that weight class. However, Beefy Smith deserves credit for a solid performance and could fight for a world title the next time out. A fight with Tim Tszyu would also be a crackling affair.
In an entertaining female fight, where the haymakers were on full display, Franchon Crews-Dezurn (8-1,2 KOs), captured a unanimous decision over Elin Cederroos( 8-1, 4 KOs). Scorecards read 99-91 2X , and 97-93. Crews-Dezurn is now the undisputed female super middleweight champion. The Heavy Hitting Diva started and finished most of the hellacious exchanges over the heated ten round bout.
Gold Medalist Galal Yafai found himself in a flyweight mismatch against Miguel Cartagena. Yafai punished Cartagena for two rounds. Enough for referee Harvey Dock to not allow Cartagena to come out for the second round. Galal improves to (2-0, 2 KOs), while Cartagena falls to (17-7-1, 8 KOs). While Yafai appears to be a super talent that boxing fans certainly want to see more from, DAZN subscribers and paying customers at Madison Square Garden deserved a better matchup than this one so high on the bout sheet
In a battle of undefeated middleweight southpaws, Austin ‘Ammo’ Williams blitzed Chordale Booker with a barrage of punches, stopping book at 2:25 of the opening stanza. With the first fight of the night to go the distance, Williams captures the WBA Continental Middleweight strap. Williams improves to (11-0, 9 KOs), while Booker falls to (17-1, 7 KOs).
Super Lightweight Reshat Mati secured a unanimous decision victory over Joe Eli Hernandez. Mati swept all three scorecards 80-72. The popular pugilist from Staten Island, known as the Albanian Bear, fought behind a comprehensive two-fisted action and showcased above average defense throughout the eight rounds. Mati improves to (12-0, 7 KOs), while Hernandez falls to (12-2, 10 KOs).
Skye Nicolson Vs. Shanecqua Paisley Davis
Nicolson remained undefeated (3-0) by securing a six-round unanimous victory over Davis (3-2). Scorecards read 60-53, 3X.
Kahil Coe vs. William Langston
In a competitive opening bout, light heavyweight Kahil Coe captured a unanimous decision over the game Langston. Scorecards read 60-54, 59-55, 58-56. It was a tough test for Coe, as Langston proved to be a worthy opponent with the ability to take Coe’s best power punches. Coe improves to (3-0-1, 2 KOs). While Langston falls to (6-3, 4 KOs).