Amanda Serrano Makes History in Brooklyn
By Hector Franco | Senior Writer and Editor
Published: September 09, 2018
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK - At the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, Puerto Rico’s Amanda ‘The Real Deal” Serrano (35-1-1, 26 KOs) made boxing history by becoming the first female boxer to win a world title in six different weight classes. Serrano joins boxing greats Oscar De La Hoya and Manny Pacquiao as the only boxers to have held titles in six separate divisions.
The Puerto Rican southpaw is this era’s version of Henry Armstrong as she has gone up and down the boxing weight scale like no other. Last year Serrano won the WBO bantamweight (118) world title and tonight challenged for the vacant WBO 140-pound title. Serrano won her first world title in the super featherweight (130) division in 2011 and then moved up and down the scale for the rest of her titles. In 2014, Serrano won the WBO lightweight (135) title and then made her move down the weight scale winning titles in the featherweight, super bantamweight, and bantamweight divisions.
Needless to say that Serrano moving up to the super lightweight (140) division to challenge for a world title after recently winning a title at bantamweight is impressive for any fighter regardless of gender. To win the 140-pound title, Serrano faced off against 22-year old Argentinean fighter Yamila Reynoso (11-5-3, 8 KOs). Before the bout, Serrano stated that she would start off quickly and did just that by throwing a large volume of punches in the first round. The first three rounds were all for Serrano who out landed and outworked her opponent, however, it was telling that the Puerto Rican’s punches did not have the same effect on a larger opponent. Reynoso in the past has fought at welterweight (147) and even challenged for the IBF super welterweight (154) in 2017.
In the fourth round, Reynoso began to impose her size advantage by pushing Serrano backward and attempting to match her punch output. At this point, the bout turned into a war with Reynoso continually pushing Serrano back while Serrano landed the more telling blows throughout. From the first round, Serrano was consistent with her body attack landing uppercuts and right hands to the Argentineans mid-section.
In the championship rounds, Serrano began to fight off of her back foot more effectively turning Reynoso at times to land hard straight left hands. In the final moments of the tenth and final round, both women exchanged a barrage of punches with Serrano getter the better of her opponent putting her on unsteady legs.
After ten rounds of action, Serrano was awarded a unanimous decision victory with scores of 99-91 from all three judges. The bout with Reynoso may have been one of the toughest of Serrano’s career. In all of Serrano’s previous world title fights where she was fighting for a new title, she stopped her opponent and usually stopped them in the early rounds.
Unfortunately for boxing fans, the women’s boxing landscape does not get a fraction of the attention or coverage that the men’s side does leading Serrano to pursue a career in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). The Puerto Rican southpaw will turn 30-years old this upcoming October and will look to make more money in MMA where female fighters are more visibly promoted and not relegated as much to untelevised undercards.
Serrano has been the constant champion for her native Puerto Rico since 2011, and this victory only cements her place among Puerto Rican fighters.
(Featured Photo: Jose Miranda/Frontproof Media/jmjcinematics)