By Jake Donovan
A superfight with Katie Taylor is still waiting in the wings, but Amanda Serrano continues to find plenty of ways to make headlines all on her own.
The seven-division titlist has already been honored by Guinness Book of World Records along with being named Athlete of the Year during the 2019 annual Puerto Rican Day Parade this past June in New York City. Also thrown into the mix was her being selected to throw the ceremonial first pitch during a New York Mets game earlier this summer.
All of the honors followed her lone fight of the year, adding to her own record by claiming a super flyweight title with a 35-second knockout of Eva Voraberger this past January at Madison Square Garden’s Hulu Theatre in NYC.
The venue will play host to her next fight, an anticipated all-Brooklyn clash versus reigning unbeaten featherweight titlist Heather Hardy. Their Sept. 13 title fight at Hulu Theatre is just the start to a big weekend for Serrano, who just two days later (Sunday, Sept. 15) will serve as the Treasurer for the 58th annual Newark (N.J.) Puerto Rican Day Parade.
“It’s awesome, such an incredible feeling,” Serrano (36-1-1, 27KOs) told BoxingScene.com of the honor. “I try to my make my island proud, in and out of the ring. On Friday the 13th, I will regain the featherweight title. After that, we will head to Newark, enjoy some good food and prepare for our role in their Puerto Rican Day parade.”
The honor creates a major fight weekend not seen since Puerto Rico’s last great boxing superstar, Miguel Cotto plied his trade.
Beginning with his Madison Square Garden headliner in June 2005, the 2000 Olympian and four-division champion created a tradition of fighting in New York on the eve of the PR Day parade. Cotto played the venue five times, including an historic World middleweight championship winning knockout over Sergio Martinez in June 2012, giving him titles in more weight divisions than any other Puerto Rican boxer in history.
Serrano has not only surpassed that mark but has twice extended her own record, including her aforementioned super flyweight title win in January. The fight came a full six weight divisions below her 140-pound title win last summer, and with designs of going back up to 135 pounds to challenge Ireland’s Taylor for the undisputed lightweight championship.
Coming in between is a pitstop at featherweight, along with the latest honored bestowed by her beloved islanders.
“This has been such an incredible year, even without the Katie Taylor fight not YET happening,” notes Serrano, emphasizing that such a contractually promised fight will happen. “Being part of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade, being honored alongside the great Edgar Martinez (Hall of Fame former Seattle Mariners baseball legend), the Guinness record, throwing the first pitch at CitiField… all my dreams continue to come true.
“Now we have this huge fight with Heather, all part of a big weekend not just for me but for all of Puerto Rico. I would love to continue the tradition started by Miguel Cotto. It’s so humbling that I’m the one chosen to represent our island and I will keep doing my part in and out of the ring.”
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox