Professional boxing world champions and sisters AMANDA SERRANO and CINDY SERRANO spent Friday joining the drive to assist those affected by Hurricane Maria in their native Puerto Rico.
Both women spent the morning shopping for water and other distinct items in need, including diapers, baby food, batteries, first aid supplies and feminine hygiene products. Their donations were dropped off at Engine 218 in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn, NY.
Said Amanda, "We've both been so moved over the last week by what's happened in Puerto Rico where each of us were born and we're very happy to have this opportunity to directly assist those in need. There are 17 firehouses and EMS stations taking donations in New York's five boroughs and we encourage those who are able to assist as well."
"These women are true champions in every sense of the word," said promoter LOU DIBELLA. "What's happened in Puerto Rico has touched native Puerto Ricans Amanda and Cindy and it's great to see the city of New York banding together to help their fellow Americans through these donations."
Amanda and Cindy are both training for upcoming appearances at Barclays Center. On October 14, WBO women's featherweight world champion Cindy (26-5-3, 10 KOs) will make her Barclays Center debut.
On November 4, five-division world champion and current WBO women's super bantamweight titlist Amanda (33-1-1, 25 KOs) will compete at Barclays Center for the fourth time.
IN OTHER NEWS: The female fighting stable of promoter Dmitriy Salita has grown again, as Salita proudly announces the signing of Russian featherweight Elena Gradinar to a co-promotional contract (along with Russian-based Alexander Nevskiy Promotion Group).
The undefeated 27-year-old Gradinar (6-0, 1 KO) as a professional boxer, went 73-8 as an amateur, winning numerous national and international amateur tournaments.
A resident of Saint Petersburg, Russia, Gradinar has attained the designation of Sport Master of Russia. As an amateur, she notched victories over current World Amateur Bantamweight Champion Dina Zheloman of Kazakhstan, current European and Russian Amateur Super Lightweight Champion Alexandra Ordina, current Russian Featherweight Champion and Bronze medalist of Europe, Natalia Samokhina, as well as two victories over former Russian Featherweight Champion Ekaterina Sycheva.
Trained and managed by well-known Russian boxing figure Igor Shafer, Gradinar says she hopes the co-promotional deal with Salita will improve her visibility in North America, leading to greater opportunities.
"I am very proud to sign with a Russian/American promoter, Dmitriy Salita, who is doing great work with Claressa Shields and becoming one of the main North American promoters of female boxers," said Gradinar. "I look forward to fighting in the United States against the best they have to offer and becoming a world champion."
"Elena is a talented boxer that will add international flavor to the outstanding female bantamweight division which includes outstanding boxers like Heather Hardy, Cindy Serrano, Jelena Mrdjenovich and others," said Dmitriy Salita. "Russia has many male world champions and Elena will follow in their footsteps."\
Elena Gradinar will fight for the first time under her new co-promotional banner in a 10-rounder against Maria Jose Nunez in Narva, Estonia, on October 21.
Marshall Kauffman's King's Promotions is proud to announce the signing of super middleweight prospect Brandon Robinson to an exclusive promotional contract.
Robinson, 29 years-old of Upper Darby, PA has a record of 6-1 with five knockouts.
Robinson, who got a late start in the sport, has won six fights in a row after his pro debut when he fought 30 pounds over his natural weight-class, and lost to former National Golden Gloves champion Mike Hilton.
Robinson has kept a busy schedule as he will be in action tonight, when he takes on George Sheppard at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia. The bout with Sheppard will be the 8th fight in a year for Robinson.
"I am very excited to sign with King's Promotions," said Robinson. "Marshall believes in me and I believe in him. He will help me get to the top and eventually fight for titles at super middleweight. Look out for me. I am just ready to fight, and the next one will be tonight at the 2300 Arena."
Said King's Promotions CEO Marshall Kauffman, "Brandon is a late bloomer, but we feel we have a real diamond in the rough. He brings excitement and he has scored some explosive knockouts. He already has a good fan base that will only get bigger as he continues to win. He has a solid team behind him with his manager Lando Rosa and Team Pivot. We will keep him busy, and I feel he has a chance to fight in some big fights."