Vincent Hogan: Twenty-one years ago, a shy Bray was boxing at the National Stadium. Today, Katie Taylor is the Queen of New York

In a sport with many shadows, it has perhaps never been more important to defend something.

Atie Taylor wields the charm of a hero for whom humility will forever be a personal bottom line, no matter how ostentatious or vulgar surrounds it. She is two stories in one, two people. Now, unarguably, the greatest female boxer ever, having dug under the floorboards of her own resolve to beat Amanda Serrano in this Madison Square Garden epic.

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