Amanda Serrano

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Amanda Serrano
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Serrano with the IBF super featherweight title
Statistics
Nickname(s) The Real Deal
Weight(s)
Height 5 ft 5 12 in (166 cm)
Reach 65 12 in (166 cm)
Nationality Puerto Rican
Born (1988-10-09) October 9, 1988 (age 30)
Carolina, Puerto Rico
Stance Southpaw
Boxing record
Total fights 37
Wins 35
Wins by KO 26
Losses 1
Draws 1

Amanda Serrano (born October 9, 1988) is a Puerto Rican professional boxer and mixed martial artist.[1] She is the only women's boxer to win world titles in five and six divisions[2] and the only Puerto Rican boxer to become a world champion in six different weight classes (bantamweight, super bantamweight, featherweight, super featherweight, lightweight and light welterweight).[3]

Serrano has been recognized with the Female Boxer of the Year Award twice (2016 and 2018) by the WBO, an entity that also granted her the first "Super World Championship" awarded to a woman.[4] As of February 2018, Serrano is ranked as the world's fifth best female boxer, pound for pound, by BoxRec; she is also ranked as the world's best super bantamweight by BoxRec.

Early life and introduction to boxing

Serrano was born in the municipality of Carolina, where her sister Cindy was also born.[5] Her grandparents were born in the municipality of Carolina. When she was young, the family moved to New York and joined the large Puerto Rican diaspora there (colloquially known as Nuyoricans).[5] Surrounded by this community, she grew up in an oasis of Puerto Rican culture in which traditional food and salsa music were predominant.[5] Her upbringing was reflected in the manner in which she speaks Spanish, in a dialect with a distinct accent often attributed to that population, and her ability to fluidly speak English.[5] The family lived in Brooklyn, where she continued to live well into adulthood.[5] During her youth she was an active child, with a distinct passion for swimming.[5] After her sister began boxing training intending to lose weight by attending the gym of her husband Jordan Maldonado, the 12-year old Serrano accompanied her there. She continued frequenting the facility and eventually got her first job there.[5]

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Initially Serrano was not as interested in the sport, not even attending a family event to watch the Oscar De La Hoya vs. Félix Trinidad fight, but she was an avid follower of Cindy's career and developed a passion for it as she grew older.[5] When she graduated from Bushwick High School (located in Bushwick, Brooklyn and closed in 2006) at the age of 17, she decided to begin training as a method to buy things and bond with her sister.[5] Her father supported her decision, but her mother was hesitant until she began earning success and saw it as a way for the elder sister to retire after having her second child.[5] Cindy, knowing that she had already been frustrated during a previous sparring session against a boy, intended to dissuade her by stepping into the ring but the younger sister proved that she could defend herself competently.[6] Admittedly shy, Serrano choose to continue in Maldonado's small gym in Queens with him as trainer, so that the flow of people was controlled and she could focus on her training.[5]

Serrano's amateur career was brief and concluded with a record of only 9–1,[7] but she won the Staten Island amateur championship in 2008.[8] From there she competed in the featherweight division of the New York Daily News Golden Gloves, where she defeated Glenyss Puentevella by referee stopping contest (RSC, the International Boxing Association's equivalent of a technical knockout) in the semifinal and decisioned USA Boxing's national champion Jody-Ann Weller in the final.[8]

Professional boxing career

Serrano is managed and trained by noted female American professional boxing trainer Jordan Maldonado of New York City. Serrano is Boxing 360's first world champion.[9]

Super featherweight world championship

Amanda won the inaugural International Boxing Federation Super Featherweight title with a second round stoppage over Kimberly Connor, who had not lost a fight in seven years. In the second round, Serrano began landing power shots to the head, sending Connor to the canvas on her back midway through the round. Connor beat the count, but appeared helpless on the ropes as Serrano immediately battered her senseless and defenseless with numerous power shots to the head, forcing referee Benjy Esteves Jr. to stop the contest. The rounds were two-minute rounds, and the bout was scheduled for ten.

NABF Featherweight championship

On June 11, 2011, Amanda defeated Jennifer Scott to capture the vacant NABF featherweight champion. The bout was scheduled for 8 rounds, but the match was cut quick by Serrano knocked out Scott in 1:04 in round 1.

IBF Super featherweight championship

In the main event of an eight bout card held at Aviator Arena in Brooklyn promoted by Havoc Boxing Promotions, undefeated Amanda Serrano won the inaugural International Boxing Federation Super Featherweight title with a second round stoppage over Kimberly Connor, who had not lost a fight in seven years. The first round was even, with both fighters attempting to do body work on the inside in center ring, but ineffectively. Connor also fought off the ropes with some right hand lead counters to the head, but Serrano was not fazed. In the second round, Serrano began landing power shots to the head, sending Connor to the canvas on her back midway through the round. Connor beat the count, but appeared helpless on the ropes as Serrano immediately battered her senseless and defenseless with numerous power shots to the head, forcing referee Benjy Esteves Jr. to stop the contest. Two minute rounds, scheduled for ten. According to Boxing 360 CEO Dr. Mario Yagobi, Serrano's promoter, negotiations were underway for Serrano to fight an IBF-WBC unification match with WBC female Super Featherweight champion Frida Wallberg of Sweden in early 2012. Serrano sparred for this fight with her sister Cindy Serrano, training for her upcoming female world welterweight title bout with Anne Sophie Mathis. The Serrano sisters are both trained by Jordan Maldonado. Serrano's originally scheduled opponent, Fatuma Zarika of Kenya, was unable to leave that country to get to the United States due to visa problems.[10]

WBC Featherweight Championship

On April 27, 2012, Serrano faced the undefeated Frida Wallberg in Cloetta Center, Linkoping, Sweden. The WBC against mandatory rules allowed the bout to be contested with 10 ounce gloves instead of the mandatory 8 ounce for that division. Serrano came up short losing a controversial unanimous decision to Wallberg. The referee was Victor Loughlin and the judges were Gudjon Vilhelm 93-98 | judge: Venciclav Nikolov 93-97 | judge: Franco Ciminale 94-96.

WIBA featherweight world championship

On February 16, 2013, Puerto Rican female star Amanda 'The Real Deal' Serrano (17-1-1, 12 KO's) was once again crowned world champion, capturing the WIBA featherweight title with a first-round knockout of Wanda Pena (8-5, 2 KO's) at Gran Arena del Cibao, Santiago de los Caballeros in the Dominican Republic. The WIBA (Women's International Boxing Association) was the Original boxing organization known for its staging of female championship fights.[11]

Her first fight in Puerto Rico was attended by a contingent of family members from Carolina, a situation that combined with the fan reception led to an emotive introduction.[5]

Mixed martial arts career

Amanda Serrano
Born (1988-10-09) October 9, 1988 (age 30)
Carolina, Puerto Rico
Other names The Real Deal
Height 5 ft 5 in (165 cm)
Weight 122 lb (55 kg; 8 st 10 lb)
Team Real Deal Fight Team
Years active 2018–present (MMA)
Mixed martial arts record
Total 2
Wins 1
By knockout 0
By submission 1
By decision 0
Losses 0
By submission 0
By decision 0
Draws 1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Training

Since early 2015, Serrano quietly worked towards debuting in mixed martial arts (MMA), beginning by incorporating kicks to her training.[12] The idea emerged after she participated in the filming of Fight Valley along her sister, meeting Miesha Tate, Holly Holm, and Cristiane Justino and learned of the lifestyle that they could afford. This triggered the interest of people involved in MMA and she was approached and told about the economic potential of the move.[5] When queried about the matter, Serrano expressed additional motivation due to the absence of a Puerto Rican female fighter in Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) at the moment.[13]

With the consent of her boxing trainer Jordan Maldonado, Serrano continued her introduction to kickboxing, citing a general lack of money for women in boxing.[14] By the summer of 2016, Serrano admitted that she had seriously considered retiring to take up MMA due to frustration with the state of the business, but that being able to appear in ShoBox changed that.[15] Instead, she began working towards becoming the first person to hold both boxing and MMA titles at once, setting her debut for late 2017. Towards this goal, she continued training in kickboxing under former world champion Luis Ruiz and incorporated Brazilian jiujitsu working with brown belt Gabriel Marte at the Dojo NYC.[16][17]

Public challenge to Ronda Rousey

On July 31, 2015, Ronda Rousey's trainer, Edmond Tarverdyan, expressed the belief that his fighter "can win the boxing world title" while discussing a potential fight with Justino.[18] After noting that "Ronda spars with boxing world champions that punch way harder than Cyborg", Tarverdyan claimed that she "has never lost a round in the gym. A round. With boxing world champions".[18] Within a week, Serrano responded by stating that "Rousey's trainer does not have any knowledge about the sport of boxing. She is a very good fighter in the Octagon, and I really congratulate her for everything she has done. Her opponents cannot box and it's easy to look great, but when facing a high quality boxer with punching power as myself, believe me, things are gonna change. In a boxing ring, the canvas will be your comfort zone".[19]

She went on to criticize Rousey's stand-up fighting technique and challenging her to a boxing match, stating that "[from a] boxing point of view, she looked like a rookie amateur fighter, throwing very wide punches with no coordination. I heard that Cyborg is not willing to come down to the lightweight division to fight Ronda, but I can go up to 135, and we can settle a boxing match so I can prove her trainer wrong. I once went up to the lightweight division, and traveled to Argentina for a world title fight. At the end, the results was that I became the first ever Puerto Rican female boxer to captured a world title in two weight classes".[19] Serrano's trainer noted that they "do not challenge other fighting styles." And that the reason for calling out Rousey was because they "represent boxing and [...] want to get some respect." by showing "Edmond Tarverdyan how wrong he is about boxing".[19]

Combate Americas

In December 2017, Serrano announced that she had signed with Combate Americas, a MMA promotion that mostly featured Latin American fighters in its roster.[20] Her debut was scheduled for April 13, 2018, when she drew with Corina Herrera after winning the first two rounds but losing the third when forced to the floor.[21] Afterwards, Serrano focused on grappling.[22] This training was put to the test on August 18, 2018, when she won gold in her first career jiu jitsu tournament, a Grappling Industries event held at New York where she gathered four submissions.[23] After winning a sixth world championship in boxing, it was announced that MMA would be Serrano's focus in the foreseeable future due to better salaries.[24]

On October 13, 2018, Serrano won her second fight by submitting Eréndina Ordóñez with a standing rear naked choke in the first round.[25]

Professional boxing record

Professional record summary
37 fights 35 wins 1 loss
By knockout 26 0
By decision 9 1
Draws 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
37 Win 35–1–1 Argentina Yamila Esther Reynoso UD 10 Sep 8, 2018 United States Barclays Center, New York City, New York, U.S. Won vacant WBO light welterweight title
36 Win 34–1–1 Dominican Republic Marilyn Hernandez TKO 1 (10), 2:38 Nov 4, 2017 United States Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
35 Win 33–1–1 Hungary Edina Kiss TKO 3 (10), 1:00 Jul 21, 2017 Puerto Rico Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino, San Juan, Puerto Rico Retained WBO female super bantamweight title
34 Win 32–1–1 Dominican Republic Dahiana Santana TKO 8 (10), 1:14 Apr 22, 2017 United States Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, U.S. Won vacant WBO female bantamweight title
33 Win 31–1–1 Mexico Yazmín Rivas UD 10 Jan 14, 2017 United States Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, U.S. Retained WBO female super bantamweight title
32 Win 30–1–1 Hungary Alexandra Lazar TKO 5 (10), 1:10 Oct 18, 2016 Puerto Rico Hotel Caribe Hilton, San Juan, Puerto Rico Won vacant WBO female super bantamweight title
31 Win 29–1–1 Colombia Calixta Silgado TKO 1 (10), 1:10 Jul 30, 2016 United States Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, U.S. Retained WBO female featherweight title
30 Win 28–1–1 Hungary Edina Kiss TKO 4 (8), 1:20 Apr 22, 2016 Puerto Rico Cancha Rubén Zayas Montañez, Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico
29 Win 27–1–1 Canada Olivia Gerula TKO 1 (10), 1:50 Feb 17, 2016 United States BB King Blues Club & Grill, New York City, New York, U.S. Won vacant WBO female featherweight title
28 Win 26–1–1 Belgium Djemilla Gontaruk TKO Nov 20, 2015 United States Aviator Sports Complex, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
27 Win 25–1–1 Kenya Fatuma Zarika UD Sep 10, 2015 United States The Space at Westbury, Westbury, New York, U.S.
26 Win 24–1–1 Kenya Fatuma Zarika UD May 29, 2015 United States W.C. Handy Pavilion, Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
25 Win 23–1–1 Dominican Republic Marisol Reyes TKO Feb 21, 2015 Dominican Republic Sosua Convention Center, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
24 Win 22–1–1 United States Carla Torres TKO Nov 13, 2014 United States The Space at Westbury, Westbury, New York, U.S.
23 Win 21–1–1 Argentina Maria Elena Maderna KO Aug 15, 2014 Argentina Estadio F.A.B., Buenos Aires, Argentina Won WBO female lightweight title
22 Win 20–1–1 Dominican Republic Diana Garcia TKO Sep 29, 2013 Dominican Republic Gimnasio Boxing Factory, Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic
21 Win 19–1–1 United States Kerri Hill TKO Sep 21, 2013 United States Resorts World Casino, Queens, New York, U.S.
20 Win 18–1–1 United States Dominga Olivo TKO Jun 29, 2013 United States Resorts World Casino, Queens, New York, U.S.
19 Win 17–1–1 Dominican Republic Wanda Pena Ozuna TKO Feb 16, 2013 Dominican Republic Gran Arena del Cibao, Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic Won vacant UBF female and vacant WIBA featherweight titles
18 Win 16–1–1 Dominican Republic Lina Tejada TKO Dec 15, 2012 Dominican Republic Sosua Bay Grand Casino, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic Won vacant UBF InterContinental female super featherweight title
17 Win 15–1–1 Dominican Republic Grecia Nova TKO Sep 16, 2012 Dominican Republic Club Pueblo Nuevo, Villa Duarte, Dominican Republic
16 Loss 14–1–1 Sweden Frida Wallberg UD Apr 27, 2012 Sweden Cloetta Center, Linkoping, Sweden For WBC female super featherweight title
15 Win 14–0–1 United States Ela Nunez UD Feb 17, 2012 United States Cicero Stadium 1909 S. Laramie, Cicero, Illinois, U.S.
14 Win 13–0–1 Dominican Republic Grecia Nova TKO Nov 18, 2011 Dominican Republic Hotel Jaragua, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
13 Win 12–0–1 United States Kimberly Connor TKO Sep 10, 2011 United States Aviator Sports Complex, Brooklyn, New York, U.S. Won vacant IBF female super featherweight title
12 Win 11–0–1 Dominican Republic Diana Garcia TKO Aug 6, 2011 Dominican Republic Parque del Este, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
11 Win 10–0–1 United States Jennifer Scott TKO Jun 11, 2011 United States Roseland Ballroom, New York City, New York, U.S. Won vacant NABF female featherweight title
10 Win 9–0–1 United States Ela Nunez TKO Apr 22, 2011 United States Fairgrounds Event Center, Hamburg, New York, U.S.
9 Win 8–0–1 United States Ela Nunez UD Jan 29, 2011 United States Turning Stone Resort & Casino, Verona, New York, U.S.
8 Win 7–0–1 Dominican Republic Jennifer Encarnacion RTD Sep 18, 2010 Dominican Republic Coliseo Carlos 'Teo' Cruz, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
7 Win 6–0–1 United States Nydia Feliciano UD Jun 4, 2010 United States Tropicana Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
6 Win 5–0–1 Canada Lucia Larcinese UD Feb 26, 2010 United States Turning Stone Resort & Casino, Verona, New York, U.S.
5 Draw 4–0–1 United States Ela Nunez SD Nov 20, 2009 United States Taj Majal Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
4 Win 4–0 United States Christina Ruiz TKO Jul 31, 2009 United States Resorts Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
3 Win 3–0 Dominican Republic Carolina Martinez TKO Jun 29, 2009 Dominican Republic Coliseo Carlos 'Teo' Cruz, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
2 Win 2–0 United States Brittany Cruz KO May 9, 2009 United States DoubleTree Hotel, Orlando, Florida, U.S.
1 Win 1–0 United States Jackie Trivilino MD Mar 20, 2009 United States Washington Avenue Armory, Albany, New York, U.S.

Personal life

After becoming a full-time boxer, Serrano adopted a monk-like routine that required not purchasing a cell phone (or any other device that allowed text messages and the sort) to avoid distractions and avoiding getting involved with boyfriends.[5] When asked about it, she insisted that there would be time for that in the future, after carving a legacy.[5] Serrano has noted that one of the prime movers in her boxing career has been to pursue records in possession of foreign athletes and securing them for Puerto Rico (for example, wanting to win a title in a sixth division so that a local could have bragging rights to more divisions than Floyd Mayweather Jr. or wanting to complete concurrent crossovers between sports).[5]

At the same time that she made her interest in MMA public, Serrano also noted interest in potentially joining the professional wrestling promotion World Wrestling Entertainment (now abbreviated to simply WWE) as a Diva (a category since dropped and replaced with the more generic "Female Superstars").[13]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Amanda Serrano Wins IBF Title for Boxing 360 on Tribute Card". Saddoboxing.com. Retrieved 2016-02-04.
  2. ^ "With KO, Serrano a champ in 5 divisions". ESPN. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
  3. ^ "Amanda Serrano Ties Cotto, Demolishes Lazar For WBO Title". BoxingScene.
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p "Amanda Serrano: "Soy mujer, pero soy boxeadora primero"". Elnuevodia.com. 9 July 2017. Retrieved 3 August 2017.
  6. ^ Fleming, Kirsten (22 April 2017). "Boxing star's sister once beat her up to discourage her from the sport". New York Post. Retrieved 3 August 2017.
  7. ^ "Junior Featherweight World Champion Amanda Serrano Meets Former Two-Division World Champion Yazmin Rivas Live on SHOWTIME EXTREME". Mayweatherpromotions.com. Retrieved 3 August 2017.
  8. ^ a b "Women's Boxing: Amanda Serrano Biography". Womenboxing.com. Retrieved 3 August 2017.
  9. ^ "AMANDA SERRANO WINS BOXING 360'S FIRST WORLD TITLE". Fighthype.Com. 2011-09-13. Retrieved 2016-02-04.
  10. ^ "Fight:1610901". BoxRec.com. Retrieved 2016-02-04.
  11. ^ "Amanda Serrano Stops Wanda Pena in One, Wins Gold - Boxing News". Boxingscene.com. 2013-02-17. Retrieved 2016-02-04.
  12. ^ José Bartolomei. "Tras los pasos de Holly Holm". Elvocero.com. Retrieved 3 August 2017.
  13. ^ a b [2][dead link]
  14. ^ "Amanda Serrano probará suerte en Artes Marciales Mixtas". Zonadeboxeo.com. Retrieved 3 August 2017.
  15. ^ "Amanda Serrano nearly retired from boxing to take up MMA - The Ring". Ringtv.com. 5 January 2017. Retrieved 3 August 2017.
  16. ^ "Amanda Serrano no descarta pelear MMA". Notice1.com. Retrieved 3 August 2017.
  17. ^ "Amanda Serrano inicia entrenamientos de MMA". Tabdeported.news. 28 June 2017. Retrieved 3 August 2017.
  18. ^ a b Marc Raimondi (2015-07-31). "Coach: Ronda Rousey would win the women's boxing world title". MMAFighting.com. Retrieved 2015-08-04.
  19. ^ a b c "Amanda Serrano Blasts Ronda Rousey's Trainer". RoundbyRoundBoxing.com. 2015-08-03. Retrieved 2015-08-04.
  20. ^ "Amanda Serrano oficializa su salto a las artes marciales mixtas". 6 December 2017. Retrieved 15 October 2018.
  21. ^ "Boxing champ Amanda Serrano goes to draw with Corina Herrera in MMA debut". www.mmafighting.com. Retrieved 15 October 2018.
  22. ^ "Amanda Serrano se afilará en torneo de Jiu-Jitsu brasileño". 12 June 2018. Retrieved 15 October 2018.
  23. ^ "Amanda Serrano: Draw in MMA debut changed her 'outlook on the sport'". www.mmafighting.com. Retrieved 15 October 2018.
  24. ^ [3]
  25. ^ "Adiccion Deportiva - Amanda Serrano luce impresionante en Combate Américas". adicciondeportiva.net. Retrieved 15 October 2018.

External links

  • Professional boxing record for Amanda Serrano from BoxRec
Achievements
Inaugural Champion IBF female super featherweight champion
September 10, 2011 – 2012
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Claudia Andrea Lopez
Preceded by
Maria Elena Maderna
WBO female lightweight champion
August 15, 2014 – 2015
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Yohana Belen Alfonzo
Vacant
Title last held by
Alejandra Oliveras
WBO female featherweight champion
February 17, 2016 – 2016
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Cindy Serrano
Vacant
Title last held by
Sabrina Maribel Perez
WBO female super bantamweight champion
October 18, 2016 – Present
Incumbent
WBO female bantamweight champion
April 22, 2017 – 2017
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Daniela Romina Bermudez
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