Miguel Cotto, Félix Trinidad, Héctor Camacho and José Pedraza are just a few of the world champions to come out of Puerto Rico in recent years. While each of those fighters has achieved incredible things in their respective careers, none of them were able to grab all four belts in any division. On Saturday, one Puerto Rican boxer by the name of Amanda Serrano was able to break through the figurative ceiling and make history.
On Saturday night, Amanda Serrano entered the ring as one of the most decorated fighters in Puerto Rican boxing history. After ten rounds at the Hulu Theater, she left the ring as the first Puerto Rican boxer to win an undisputed title in the four-belt era. She was able to become the undisputed featherweight champion by enduring an all-out battle with Erika Cruz. Throwing at a constant for all ten rounds, the two fighters had fans standing at their feet as the final bell rang. Ultimately, Serrano came out on top as all three judges delivered the following scores in her favor: 98-92, 98-92 and 97-93.
“Throughout the whole camp, I manifested, I thought of it,” Serrano said, per ESPN.
“It was so emotional because I’m such a proud Puerto Rican and to get that back to my island really touched me.”
Heading into Saturday’s bout, Serrano was already a future first-ballot inductee into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. Becoming the women’s featherweight undisputed champion is just another line on her resumé. She has won nine major world titles across seven different weight classes. She is also the only Puerto Rican fighter to win world titles in more than four weight classes.
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