‘I’m so glad this day has come’: women’s boxing’s journey to headlining Madison Square Garden

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On Saturday night, Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano will earn $1m apiece for their bout. The pioneering Jane Couch and the promoter Eddie Hearn reflect on the rise of female fighters

Eddie Hearn and Jane Couch could hardly be more different but they are united this week by a shared disbelief and delight. As we approach the landmark moment on Saturday night when Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano step into the ring at Madison Square Garden in New York to contest the most significant and lucrative fight in the history of women’s boxing, the promoter and the pioneer sound relieved and ecstatic.

Twenty-four years ago Couch won her case against the British Boxing Board of Control when the high court ruled that she should become the first woman in the UK to be granted a licence to box professionally. Until then the BBBC had banned women from the ring on the basis that they were too frail and “emotionally unstable” to box, owing to their menstrual cycle.

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Written by Donald McRae in New York
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2022/apr/28/womens-boxing-madison-square-garden-katie-taylor-amanda-serrano under the title “‘I’m so glad this day has come’: women’s boxing’s journey to headlining Madison Square Garden”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.