Katie Taylor has successfully defended her world titles against Cindy Serrano.
The Irish boxer (11-0) beat her Puerto Rican opponent by unanimous decision at TD Garden, with all three judges scoring the fight 100-90 in Taylor’s favour.
The 32-year-old received a rapturous reception from the large Irish crowd in the arena, and proved to be a class above her Puerto Rican opponent.
Katie made a somewhat slow start to the fight, but asserted complete control from the third round onwards. Serrano’s approach was defensive, and she failed to put Taylor under any real pressure.
Serrano – who has never been stopped – did well to survive the later rounds under intense presure from Taylor, who stalked the 36-year-old around the ring and put together some vicious combinations.
“She (Serrano) was very defensive and I expected a lot more from her,” the Bray boxer said.
“It is very hard to take something out of it because she was so defensive. It was obvious that she just wanted to survive from early on. A win is a win and we will move on,” said Katie.
“I just want to be involved in big fights again, hopefully in Madison Square Garden on December 15. There was a great atmosphere tonight and it was great to fight one of the Serrano sisters and hopefully the other one (sister) is on the way for a fight sometime next year. The fight against Amanda would be huge and it’s the fight that everybody wants to see. But I think she has done everything she can to avoid a fight with me.”
Taylor also confirmed after her victory that she intends to fight Cindy’s sister Amanda, who won six world titles before switching to the octagon.
In the card’s main event, Demetrius Andrade dropped Walter Kautondokwa four times on his way to winning the WBO middleweight world title via unanimous decision.
Kautondowka was a late replacement for Billy Joe Saunders, who has banned for a doping violation, and couldn’t cope with Andrade.
James Tennyson was stopped by Tevin Farmer in his world title challenge for Farmer’s IBF super-featherweight crown. The Belfast boxer was outclassed by his Philadelphia opponent, and was stopped in the fifth round.
Wexford heavyweight Niall Kennedy also won by unanimous decision against former MMA fighter Brendan Barrett.
“I would have loved to have stopped him,” the 34-year-old said afterwards.
“He was gone in the fifth but he had the smarts to stay in close so I couldn’t finish him off. There are things I learned from the fight. I have to be busier with my jab.”
Kid Galahad and Scott Quigg both picked up wins on the undercard.