By Keith Idec (photos by Ed Mulholland)
Katie Taylor couldn’t secure the knockout she sought, but she did dominate Cindy Serrano on Saturday night.
Ireland’s Taylor was aggressive throughout their bout, landed an array of power punches and produced a very convincing victory over a former champion. All three judges – Steve Clark, John Madfis and Allen Nace – scored each of the 10 rounds for Taylor (100-90).
The 32-year-old Taylor (11-0, 5 KOs) won a unanimous decision to defend her IBF and WBA lightweight titles at TD Garden in Boston. Prior to Saturday night, the 36-year-old Serrano (27-6-3, 10 KOs), who has never been knocked out, hadn’t lost since April 2012.
Brooklyn’s Serrano hadn’t fought since last October 14, when she defeated Edina Kiss by split decision at Barclays Center. Prior to beating Serrano, Taylor fought four times since Serrano’s previous bout.
Taylor tried to knock out Serrano during the 10th and final round, but couldn’t do it.
Right hands by Taylor hurt Serrano with just over a minute remaining in the ninth round. By then, Serrano was just trying to survive in a completely one-sided fight.