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The Rock Leads Tributes As Boxing World In Awe Of 'Best Ever' Katie Taylor

The Rock Leads Tributes As Boxing World In Awe Of 'Best Ever' Katie Taylor

Katie Taylor did it again. Despite being an underdog with the bookies, Taylor retained all of her world titles in dramatic fashion. The Bray fighter had to overcome a fifth-round that nearly saw her floored but finished with incredible style to beat Amanda Serrano on a split decision.

It was a triumphant night for Taylor and, of course, for women's boxing. The sold-out Madison Square Garden crowd and the millions watching at home were treated to what many are calling the fight of the year.

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It was a huge night for boxing and The Rock was one of many in the sporting world to lead the tributes to both fighters.

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Stephen McCarthy of Sportsfile was ringside and in Taylor's dressing room to capture some of the emotion during and after the fight.

There was, of course, a massive Irish presence in the sold-out arena.

30 April 2022; Katie Taylor supporters before her undisputed world lightweight championship fight with Amanda Serrano at Madison Square Garden in New York, USA. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Amanda Serrano walked to the ring flanked by her promoter Jake Paul.

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30 April 2022; Amanda Serrano, with promoter Jake Paul, right, before her undisputed world lightweight championship fight with Katie Taylor at Madison Square Garden in New York, USA. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

It was all-out war in the ring. There was jubilation after Katie's hand was raised.

30 April 2022; Katie Taylor and coach Ross Enamait, left, celebrate victory after her undisputed world lightweight championship fight with Amanda Serrano at Madison Square Garden in New York, USA. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Katie's family were ringside, and McCarthy captured some wonderfully intimate moments.

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30 April 2022; Katie Taylor celebrates with her brother Lee after her undisputed world lightweight championship fight victory over Amanda Serrano at Madison Square Garden in New York, USA. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Amazingly, Katie even stopped for a selfie with one fan after the fight.

30 April 2022; Katie Taylor and manager Brian Peters, left, take a selfie with a supporter after her undisputed world lightweight championship fight with Amanda Serrano at Madison Square Garden in New York, USA. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Back in the dressing room, there were joyous scenes with Taylor's family and team.

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30 April 2022; Katie Taylor and family following her undisputed world lightweight championship fight with Amanda Serrano at Madison Square Garden in New York, USA. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Taylor met a number of icons of women's boxing back stage.

Laila Ali - daughter of Muhammad Ali and herself a former boxer who was instrumental in putting women's boxing on the map - visited Taylor's dressing room afterwards.

30 April 2022; Katie Taylor with Laila Ali after her undisputed world lightweight championship fight with Amanda Serrano at Madison Square Garden in New York, USA. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Katie also met American fighter Christy Martin - an incredible fighter and person - after the fight.

30 April 2022; Katie Taylor, trainer Ross Enamait, left, and manager Brian Peters, right, with former professional boxer Christy Martin after her undisputed world lightweight championship fight with Amanda Serrano at Madison Square Garden in New York, USA. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

We imagine this will mean so much more to Taylor than the praise of Dwayne Johnson. But now the whole world knows about Katie Taylor's greatness.

Donny Mahoney
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Donny Mahoney is Chief Sportswriter and one of the founders of Balls.ie

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