Amanda Serrano was able to break a fighter's heart. On Saturday night in New York, in a war from start to finish, the Brooklyn fighter walked out of Madison Square Garden with the undisputed featherweight championship (WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO and IBO) around her waist by defeating Erika Cruz.
Serrano managed to overcome the complicated first third of the fight that the Mexican boxer made thanks to a disorganized and aggressive style, and then prevailed on the scorecards by 98-92, 98-92, and 97-93 to add the only missing piece to her puzzle and become the first undisputed champion of Puerto Rico (man or woman).
"I am very emotional and happy about what I am experiencing. We made it. I wasn't surprised, Erika was a Mexican champion, she worked hard, that's what we trained for. I didn't expect anything less than what she gave me this night. They sent me back to basics and I was listening to my corner who asked me to go 1-2, which worked", said Amanda at the end.
The fight was very complicated and highly demanding as due to a clash of heads Erika suffered a cut on her scalp which caused a huge bleeding, but despite the possibility of the fight being stopped, the Mexican didn't stop throwing punches and pushing.
With her corner unable to stop the bleeding, but determined not to let go of the victory, Cruz kept working the remainder of the fight, but Serrano found support in her mid-range strikes that eventually led her to victory and improved her record to 44-2-1 with 30 KO's.
But the challenges don't stop there for the seven-division champion, as she has now announced that her next fight will be in Ireland and will be a rematch against Katie Taylor on May 20.
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