Katie Taylor is STILL world champion after a fight for the ages against Amanda Serrano in the early hours of this morning in New York City. Taylor was pushed to the absolute limit by her Puerto Rican opponent but Taylor proved yet again that she is the greatest Irish boxer of all time.
Fans watching the fight on either side of the Atlantic were struck by a sense that DAZN's commentary did not fully appreciate Taylor's greatness during the fight. In fact many watching at home accused the boxing broadcaster of bias towards Amanda Serrano.
It was an all-American commentary crew on DAZN that featured commentary by Todd Grisham, a former WWE commentator, and co-commentary from boxer Jessica McCaskill, whom Taylor beat four years ago, and Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix, who played the role of judge for the evening.
You can get a sense of the focus of the commentary in the post-fight 'Get In The Zone' segment. Katie Taylor has just defeated Serrano, but viewers are treated to a montage reel of Serrano punches and McCaskill notes how Taylor's nose was bloodied twice in the fight.
Katie Taylor 'highlight' reel
Wait who won ?😂😂 these highlights show that Amanda won lol https://t.co/W75OzEAqeN
— Richie Cruz (@_Richiecruz10) May 1, 2022
A small segment in the final round also captures the flavour of the commentary:
— DAZN Boxing (@DAZNBoxing) May 1, 2022
McCaskill: Katie's taking some big shots here
Grisham: But she's landing some too
And this is just from the official clips shared by DAZN. Anyone who heard McCaskill's interview with Second Captains this week wouldn't have been expecting a lovefest from the Chicago boxer for Katie, but Irish fans were still surprised at how one-sided the coverage was.
After the show that Katie Taylor & Amanda Serrano just put on, I am trying hard not to shine light on the negatives. But the DAZN commentary was at its absolute worst tonight.
— Jamie Bourne (@BoxeoBourne) May 1, 2022
These DAZN annoucers are UNBELIEVABLY biased towards Serrano #TaylorSerrano
— Cookie Secrets (@St_N8) May 1, 2022
Who is this commentator with Grisham?
The worst I've ever heard in the history of sports.
Not even an exaggeration. #TaylorSerrano
— Seán Sheehan (@SeanSheehanBA) May 1, 2022
McCaskill is unbelievably biased. Serrano was getting tagged so much and she was saying serrano is just rolling and slipping every punch
— GoodfellasBoxing 🥷🏽 (@blend43enjoyer) May 1, 2022
It wasn't just Irish fans however. Legendary trainer Teddy Atlas called out DAZN's bias.
— Teddy Atlas (@TeddyAtlasReal) May 1, 2022
The contrast in styles between the fighters did perhaps give pundits a sense that Serrano's higher-impact punches were having a greater effect.
Fans were especially aggrieved with the scorecard of pundit Chris Mannix, who incredibly scored 5 of the first 6 rounds to Serrano. Meanwhile boxer Tony Bellew, who was a DAZN pundit but not doing fight commentary, gave the first three rounds to Taylor.
— Ben Symes 🇮🇪 (@bensymes01) May 1, 2022
Wow! Wow! What a great freaking fight.... That was amazing. I had it 6-4 Taylor or a draw. STFU Chris Mannix #TaylorSerrano
— Jenson Rajkumar (@jennitzki) May 1, 2022
Mannix's final scorecard had the fight as a draw. The judges final scorecards were 96-93 Katie Taylor, 96-94 Serrano and 97-93 Katie Taylor.
However in the end Eddie Hearn's pre-fight prediction proved to be spot-on
“I’m actually going for a Katie Taylor late stoppage in this fight and I don’t think that’s going to be a common pick from people but I just feel like she’s got that eye of the tiger.
“People look at Katie sometimes and think, ‘softly spoken, oh she’s such a nice girl,’ and she is, but she’s a fierce competitor and she really wants to do a job on Amanda Serrano.
“It’s going to be a great fight.”