AMANDA SERRANO PUTS ON BRILLIANT PERFORMANCE WITH KNOCKOUT WIN OVER DANIELA BERMUDEZ IN THURSDAY’S RING CITY USA FEATHERWEIGHT TITLE FIGHT
In the first world title fight to headline a Ring City USA event, Amanda Serrano continued her impressive march to the International Boxing Hall of Fame with a commanding ninth-round knockout win over Daniela Bermudez to successfully defend her WBO and WBC featherweight world titles, live on NBC Sports Network from Plaza del Quinto Centenario in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. The matchup of two of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the women’s ranks closed out Ring City’s three-event residency on the island.
Seven-division world champion Serrano (40-1-1, 30 KOs) notched the 40th victory and 30th knockout of her storied career as she dominated three-division champion Bermudez (29-3-3, 10 KOs) over the course of nine exciting rounds of their scheduled 10-round main event. Just miles from her birthplace of Carolina, P.R., Serrano, 32, returned to the island for the fourth time in her career to defend her featherweight titles against the hard-charging, current two-division belt holder who was relentless in pressuring Serrano to no avail.
“I mean, this is boxing. I am not invisible, I get hit,” said Serrano who lives and trains out of Brooklyn, N.Y. “I knew I was a lot bigger than her. I was listening to my corner to box and I wanted to put on a show in front of my island and that’s what I did. The knockout came in the ninth which shows that I have power until the very end.”
Bermudez, 31, had some success early in the fight but as the fight progressed, Serrano displayed a significant speed advantage and boxed beautifully with flush counterpunching and creative combinations. As she flashed many facets of her arsenal, it was ultimately the dedication to the body that earned her the victory. In the ninth round, a right hook to the body forced Bermudez to take a delayed knee, the first knockdown suffered in her career and one that she was unable to recover from in time to beat the count. The ninth round marked the latest stoppage victory of the nine-time world champion’s career and the 12th time she has handed an opponent their first knockout loss. The stoppage came at 1:33 of the penultimate round.
“We knew she was tough,” added Serrano. “She’s a Latina. She’s from Argentina and we knew that Argentinians are very tough women. We were ready for it. I was ready for a ten-round war. It just happened; the body shot, so I might have to change my nickname to The Body Snatcher!”
Following Serrano’s impressive win in the Ring City USA main event on NBC Sports Network, the WBO and WBC featherweight champion set her sights on the other two champions in the 126-pound division as she eyes becoming Puerto Rico’s first undisputed world champion.
“I want to become undisputed,” stated Serrano. “I want to be the first undisputed champion to come out of my beautiful island of Puerto Rico. That’s definitely my goal – IBF, WBA. Nothing against any champion but I want those belts. If they want to become undisputed champion, then they need to come through me too, so we need each other.”