Serrano with the IBF super featherweight title
|Nickname(s)||The Real Deal|
|Height||5 ft 5 1⁄2 in (166 cm)|
|Reach||65 1⁄2 in (166 cm)|
|Born||October 9, 1988|
Carolina, Puerto Rico
|Wins by KO||26|
Amanda Serrano (born October 9, 1988) is a Puerto Rican professional boxer, mixed martial artist and professional wrestler. She holds a Guinness World Record for becoming the first woman (and Puerto Rican) to win world titles in five, six and seven different weight classes.[nb 1]
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.
- 1 Early life and introduction to boxing
- 2 Professional boxing career
- 3 Mixed martial arts career
- 4 Profesional wrestling career
- 5 Professional boxing record
- 6 Personal life
- 7 See also
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Early life and introduction to boxing
Serrano was born in the municipality of Carolina, where her sister Cindy was also born. 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). Surrounded by this community, she grew up in an oasis of Puerto Rican culture in which traditional food and salsa music were predominant. 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. The family lived in Brooklyn, where she continued to live well into adulthood. During her youth she was an active child, with a distinct passion for swimming. 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.
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. 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. 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. 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. 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.
Serrano's amateur career was brief and concluded with a record of only 9–1, but she won the Staten Island amateur championship in 2008. 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.
Professional boxing career
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.
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.
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.
Mixed martial arts career
|Born||October 9, 1988|
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|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Since early 2015, Serrano quietly worked towards debuting in mixed martial arts (MMA), beginning by incorporating kicks to her training. 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. 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.
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. 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. 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.
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. 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". 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".
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". 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".
In December 2017, Serrano announced that she had signed with Combate Americas, a MMA promotion that mostly featured Latin American fighters in its roster. 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. Afterwards, Serrano focused on grappling. 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. 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.
On October 13, 2018, Serrano won her second fight by submitting Eréndina Ordóñez with a standing rear naked choke in the first round. In February 2019, she participated in her second jiu jitsu competition, defeating Erin Finkeldey in her only bout.
Profesional wrestling career
At the same time that she made her involvement in MMA public, an interest in potentially joining World Wrestling Entertainment (now abbreviated to simply WWE) as a Diva (a category since dropped and replaced with the more generic "Female Superstars") was noted. In 2019, Serrano revealed that she had been training under Jonathan Figueroa (known by his ring name Amazing Red) to become a professional wrestler and that she would be performing for a promotion soon.
Professional boxing record
|Professional record summary|
|37 fights||35 wins||1 loss|
|38||Win||36–1–1||Eva Voraberger||TKO||1 (10), 0:35||Jan 18, 2019||Madison Square Garden Theater, New York City, New York, U.S.||Won vacant WBO super flyweight title|
|37||Win||35–1–1||Yamila Esther Reynoso||UD||10||Sep 8, 2018||Barclays Center, New York City, New York, U.S.||Won vacant WBO light welterweight title|
|36||Win||34–1–1||Marilyn Hernandez||TKO||1 (10), 2:38||Nov 4, 2017||Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.|
|35||Win||33–1–1||Edina Kiss||TKO||3 (10), 1:00||Jul 21, 2017||Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino, San Juan, Puerto Rico||Retained WBO female super bantamweight title|
|34||Win||32–1–1||Dahiana Santana||TKO||8 (10), 1:14||Apr 22, 2017||Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.||Won vacant WBO female bantamweight title|
|33||Win||31–1–1||Yazmín Rivas||UD||10||Jan 14, 2017||Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.||Retained WBO female super bantamweight title|
|32||Win||30–1–1||Alexandra Lazar||TKO||5 (10), 1:10||Oct 18, 2016||Hotel Caribe Hilton, San Juan, Puerto Rico||Won vacant WBO female super bantamweight title|
|31||Win||29–1–1||Calixta Silgado||TKO||1 (10), 1:10||Jul 30, 2016||Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.||Retained WBO female featherweight title|
|30||Win||28–1–1||Edina Kiss||TKO||4 (8), 1:20||Apr 22, 2016||Cancha Rubén Zayas Montañez, Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico|
|29||Win||27–1–1||Olivia Gerula||TKO||1 (10), 1:50||Feb 17, 2016||BB King Blues Club & Grill, New York City, New York, U.S.||Won vacant WBO female featherweight title|
|28||Win||26–1–1||Djemilla Gontaruk||TKO||Nov 20, 2015||Aviator Sports Complex, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.|
|27||Win||25–1–1||Fatuma Zarika||UD||Sep 10, 2015||The Space at Westbury, Westbury, New York, U.S.|
|26||Win||24–1–1||Fatuma Zarika||UD||May 29, 2015||W.C. Handy Pavilion, Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.|
|25||Win||23–1–1||Marisol Reyes||TKO||Feb 21, 2015||Sosua Convention Center, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic|
|24||Win||22–1–1||Carla Torres||TKO||Nov 13, 2014||The Space at Westbury, Westbury, New York, U.S.|
|23||Win||21–1–1||Maria Elena Maderna||KO||Aug 15, 2014||Estadio F.A.B., Buenos Aires, Argentina||Won WBO female lightweight title|
|22||Win||20–1–1||Diana Garcia||TKO||Sep 29, 2013||Gimnasio Boxing Factory, Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic|
|21||Win||19–1–1||Kerri Hill||TKO||Sep 21, 2013||Resorts World Casino, Queens, New York, U.S.|
|20||Win||18–1–1||Dominga Olivo||TKO||Jun 29, 2013||Resorts World Casino, Queens, New York, U.S.|
|19||Win||17–1–1||Wanda Pena Ozuna||TKO||Feb 16, 2013||Gran Arena del Cibao, Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic||Won vacant UBF female and vacant WIBA featherweight titles|
|18||Win||16–1–1||Lina Tejada||TKO||Dec 15, 2012||Sosua Bay Grand Casino, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic||Won vacant UBF InterContinental female super featherweight title|
|17||Win||15–1–1||Grecia Nova||TKO||Sep 16, 2012||Club Pueblo Nuevo, Villa Duarte, Dominican Republic|
|16||Loss||14–1–1||Frida Wallberg||UD||Apr 27, 2012||Cloetta Center, Linkoping, Sweden||For WBC female super featherweight title|
|15||Win||14–0–1||Ela Nunez||UD||Feb 17, 2012||Cicero Stadium 1909 S. Laramie, Cicero, Illinois, U.S.|
|14||Win||13–0–1||Grecia Nova||TKO||Nov 18, 2011||Hotel Jaragua, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic|
|13||Win||12–0–1||Kimberly Connor||TKO||Sep 10, 2011||Aviator Sports Complex, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.||Won vacant IBF female super featherweight title|
|12||Win||11–0–1||Diana Garcia||TKO||Aug 6, 2011||Parque del Este, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic|
|11||Win||10–0–1||Jennifer Scott||TKO||Jun 11, 2011||Roseland Ballroom, New York City, New York, U.S.||Won vacant NABF female featherweight title|
|10||Win||9–0–1||Ela Nunez||TKO||Apr 22, 2011||Fairgrounds Event Center, Hamburg, New York, U.S.|
|9||Win||8–0–1||Ela Nunez||UD||Jan 29, 2011||Turning Stone Resort & Casino, Verona, New York, U.S.|
|8||Win||7–0–1||Jennifer Encarnacion||RTD||Sep 18, 2010||Coliseo Carlos 'Teo' Cruz, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic|
|7||Win||6–0–1||Nydia Feliciano||UD||Jun 4, 2010||Tropicana Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.|
|6||Win||5–0–1||Lucia Larcinese||UD||Feb 26, 2010||Turning Stone Resort & Casino, Verona, New York, U.S.|
|5||Draw||4–0–1||Ela Nunez||SD||Nov 20, 2009||Taj Majal Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.|
|4||Win||4–0||Christina Ruiz||TKO||Jul 31, 2009||Resorts Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.|
|3||Win||3–0||Carolina Martinez||TKO||Jun 29, 2009||Coliseo Carlos 'Teo' Cruz, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic|
|2||Win||2–0||Brittany Cruz||KO||May 9, 2009||DoubleTree Hotel, Orlando, Florida, U.S.|
|1||Win||1–0||Jackie Trivilino||MD||Mar 20, 2009||Washington Avenue Armory, Albany, New York, U.S.|
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. When asked about it, she insisted that there would be time for that in the future, after carving a legacy. 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).
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|Inaugural Champion|| IBF female super featherweight champion
September 10, 2011 – 2012
Title next held byClaudia Andrea Lopez
Maria Elena Maderna
| WBO female lightweight champion
August 15, 2014 – 2015
Title next held byYohana Belen Alfonzo
Title last held byAlejandra Oliveras
| WBO female featherweight champion
February 17, 2016 – 2016
Title next held byCindy Serrano
Title last held bySabrina Maribel Perez
| WBO female super bantamweight champion
October 18, 2016 – 2018
Title next held byDina Thorslund
| WBO female bantamweight champion
April 22, 2017 – 2017
Title next held byDaniela Romina Bermudez
Title last held byAna Laura Esteche
| WBO female light welterweight champion
September 8, 2018 – 2018
Title last held byRaja Amasheh
| WBO female Super flyweight champion
January 18, 2019 – Present