Amanda “The Real Deal” Serrano dropped down to yet another weight division and not surprisingly won another world title; this time in the super bantamweight division.
Serrano (30-1-1, 23 Kos) stopped Hungary’s Alexandra Lazar (8-2) in the first round to win the vacant WBO super bantamweight title on Tuesday in Puerto Rico. She already has world titles in the lightweight, super featherweight and featherweight divisions.
“I’m very happy to have made history here in front of my people,” said Serrano. “I’m very, very happy. I’m in another world.”
Making the weight was probably much tougher than the actual fight.
The Puerto Rican southpaw fighter who calls New York City home jumped on 20-year-old Lazar from the opening bell and floored her twice in forcing a stoppage at 44 seconds of the first round. Serrano pierced the Hungarian boxer’s defense with quick and straight blows. There was little resistance from the Hungarian boxer.
“I trained very hard in the gym,” said Serrano on YouTube. “I trained hard in the gym to make the fight easy.”
Now that Serrano has the WBO super bantamweight title what does it mean?
Several elite super bantamweights live in the New York area, most notably Heather “The Heat” Hardy and Alicia Ashley who recently lost the WBC super bantamweight title to Fatuma Zarika. Ironically, Zarika has fought and lost twice to Serrano. Their last fight was in September 2015 when the Puerto Rican won by unanimous decision. That fight took place in the super featherweight division.
Serrano, 28, is promoted by DiBella Entertainment and based in Brooklyn. She is the younger sister of boxer Cindy Serrano.
At this point Serrano can move in any direction. She can also challenge the talent-heavy West Coast where elite bantamweights and super bantamweights like Melinda Cooper, Kaliesha West and Celina Salazar roam. It will be interesting to see her next move.
“I’ll fight whatever they give me especially here in Puerto Rico for the fans,” Serrano said adding that she will fight in any of the weight divisions she has already fought.