Amanda Serrano is the first Puerto Rican undisputed champion in boxing history
She accomplished the feat after her unanimous win against Erika Cruz, improving her record to 44-2-1.
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On Saturday, Feb. 4, Amanda Serrano defeated Erika Cruz by unanimous decision at Madison Square Garden to win the vacant WBA featherweight title.
In the process, she also retained her WBC, IBF, WBO, IBO & The Ring female featherweight titles, making history as the first Puerto Rican boxer — man or woman — to become undisputed champion.
During her post-match comments, Serrano details what the new distinction means to her.
“Throughout the whole camp, I manifested, I thought of it,” she said. “It was so emotional because I’m such a proud Puerto Rican and to get that back to my island really touched me.”
The win brings her overall record to 44-2-1.
Throughout her career, Serrano has won world titles in seven different weight classes, but this is the first time she has been the undisputed champion.
Her latest win sets up a rematch with Katie Taylor, the current undisputed lightweight champion.
In April 2022, Serrano and Taylor went the distance during their Madison Square Garden bout, with Taylor coming out on top by split decision. This gave Serrano just the second loss of her career — her first in 10 years up to that point.
She now has the chance to redeem herself when she goes up against the undefeated Taylor (22-0) in her home country of Ireland.
“Now she deserves to fight in Ireland and it’s going to be a bigger and better fight over there,” Serrano said about her upcoming next bout. “Now I know what I have to do.”
Serrano is set to face Taylor on May 20, 2023, in Dublin, Ireland. A win by Serrano would give her a chance to become undisputed champion simultaneously in two divisions.
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