Amanda Serrano wrapped up the decade with arguably the biggest year of her career, and with a collection of awards to accompany the ride.
The Puerto Rican southpaw—who lives and trains in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn, New York—has received several Fighter of the Year honors in the past and can now add Fighter of the Decade to her lengthy resume. The distinction has been bestowed upon her by Ring 8, a New York State non-profit organization who will present her with the honor during its annual awards ceremony Sunday at Russo’s on the Bay in the Howard Beach section of Queens, New York.
“I am super excited and honored to have a great organization like Ring 8 take notice of our last 10 years in the ring,” Serrano (37-1-1, 27KOs) told BoxingScene.com. “We were their Fighter of the Year a few years ago (2017) and that was also something we deeply cherish.”
Serrano has amassed a 32-1 record over the course of the decade, all but five of her pro fights taking place from 2010 onward. The run has included title wins in a record-setting seven weight divisions, adding a junior bantamweight strap to her collection in a 35-second blitzing of Eva Voraberger this past January at Madison Square Garden’s Hulu Theater in New York City.
The aforementioned win came with a vacant title at stake, a criticism of her past run where few of her title fight victories have come against reigning champs. She responded in kind, scoring a decisive 10-round win over fellow Brooklyn native and previously unbeaten featherweight titlist Heather Hardy this past September, also at Hulu Theater where the two served as the clear crowd favorites that evening.
Serrano has collected titles in more weight divisions than any other female in history and also more than any other boxer of Puerto Rican descent. She established both of those marks with an 8th round knockout of Dahiana Santana to win a bantamweight title in their April 2017 clash at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, less than five miles from her Bushwick hometown.
Wedged in between her two titles wins this year were a pair of honors at the annual National Puerto Rican Day Parade this past June in New York City. Serrano was named the Athlete of the Year along with being presented a commemorative award by the Guinness Book of World Records.
Two days after her aforementioned win over Hardy came her role as guest of honor at the 58th annual Newark Puerto Rican Day parade. The year ends with her being named the Female Fighter of the Year by the World Boxing Organization (WBO) and now Sunday’s celebration of her achievements over the past decade.
“It’s awesome, such an incredible feeling,” Serrano said of the overwhelming recognition. “I try to my make my island proud, in and out of the ring, every day.”
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox