Amanda Serrano looks to stamp her name in history
April 21, 2017
BROOKLYN – This Saturday night the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY will once again play host to a potentially exciting night of boxing. While all the attention is being focused on the Shawn Porter-Andre Berto bout, the fight with the most historical importance will be taking place on the undercard. Amanda Serrano (31-1-1, 23 KOs) will face Dahiana Santana (35-8, 14 KOs) for the WBO female bantamweight championship.
Serrano and her sister Cindy Serrano (25-5-3, 10 KOs) are currently the only Puerto Rican world champions in all of boxing. Cindy Serrano is the current WBO female featherweight champion. She won the vacant title last December with a majority decision over Calixta Silgado (15-8-3, 10 KOs). Last October, Amanda Serrano became just the second fighter in the history of Puerto Rico to win titles in four different weight classes. She joined former super lightweight, welterweight, super welterweight, and middleweight champion Miguel Cotto with this accomplishment. Serrano won the WBO super bantamweight (122 pounds) championship stopping Alexandra Lazar in the first round.
Serrano has been the female version of Henry Armstrong or Manny Pacquiao as she fluctuated up and down in weight winning different world titles. So far she has won titles at lightweight (135), super featherweight (130), featherweight (126), and super bantamweight (122). Serrano won her first world titles at featherweight and super featherweight. She then moved up to the lightweight division to now be at the lowest weight of her career fighting for a world title in the bantamweight division. Serrano is also one of the most active fighters in the sport having fought four times in 2015 and 2016 and having already fought this past January winning a unanimous decision over Yazmin Rivas (36-10-1, 10 KOs) defending her WBO super bantamweight title. In this respect, Serrano is unique in the sport of boxing as a whole.
A victory for Serrano over Santana will make her the first female fighter to win titles in five weight classes. It will also make her the first Puerto Rican fighter to win titles in five weight classes. In doing so, she will join a rare class of fighters to win titles in five divisions. This includes the likes of Sugar Ray Leonard, Thomas Hearns, Oscar De La Hoya, Floyd Mayweather, and Manny Pacquiao. While these accomplishments would be outstanding, Serrano being featured on a major card potentially making history could be the start of a positive turn for women’s boxing.
Women’s MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) has certainly grown over the last few years. With an influx of stars like Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate paving the way for women to headline major cards. The sport of boxing hasn’t made the same strides for women as MMA, but with Showtime choosing to telecast Serrano it could a step in the right direction. For anyone who hasn’t seen Serrano fight before she brings an all action style and is one of the more exciting fighters in all of boxing.
This weekend Serrano will look to place her name in the history books of boxing. Just as important she can be the catalyst to change women’s boxing history and take it out of the background to the forefront.
Fans will have the opportunity to see Serrano face Santana Saturday night on Showtime Extreme starting at 7:30 ET/4:30 PT.
(Feature Photo: Team Serrano)