As a thunderous wave of sound blanketed the arena with the concussive power of 19,000 voices, Katie Taylor emerged as a tiny figure wearing a black and gold trim robe and a look of wonderment as the cheers cascaded from the highest reaches.
Earlier Amanda Serrano had walked into the same arena and was met with the same wave of sound that no other two female prizefighters had ever heard before in the history of women’s boxing. Let alone at Madison Square Garden.
Female prizefighting had arrived. And it was impressive as they two champions met on April 30, at Madison Square Garden. Remember it forever.
“Look what we have just done, selling out Madison Square Garden, the biggest venue in boxing history,” said Taylor.
After more than a century of being ignored and shoved aside as a bothersome and uninteresting sport, women’s professional boxing had finally cracked the sound barrier of acceptance as a spectator sport. The sonic boom of its victory resonated long after the fight like the best chocolate sundae ever tasted.
It was delicious and savoring to all the senses.
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