Big Week for Serrano Sisters Cindy In Puerto Rico and Amanda on TV
Christmas arrived exactly on time for the Serrano sisters.
Cindy Serrano (24-5-3) meets Calixta Salgado (15-7-3) for the vacant WBO featherweight world title on Saturday in Puerto Rico and last week it was announced Amanda Serrano’s upcoming title defense will be televised on Showtime.
Both sisters were ecstatic about the recent set of events.
“It actually feels like a dream to me. I won’t believe it till I’m actually in the ring exchanging punches,” said Cindy Serrano. “Fighting in my island in front of my people is an overwhelming feeling; hence you have to add that it’s for a legitimate world title.”
Cindy Serrano will be fighting for the same world title her younger sister Amanda held the WBO featherweight title. It was vacated when she dropped down in weight to compete for the super bantamweight world title that she eventually won.
The elder Serrano has fought all over the world but never before in her native Puerto Rico.
“The feeling is to die for and indescribable. I just want it to happen already,” said Cindy Serrano.
Colombia’s Salgado, 28, recently clashed with Amanda Serrano this past summer in New York City and was stopped in the first round. That took place in July 30. Three months earlier she challenged Jennifer Han for the IBF title and lost by decision. She’s fought some of the best female fighters in the world and will present a serious challenge for the elder Serrano.
“I’m from New York City where there are belts flying all over the place but I’ll be able to join my younger sister as the only two legitimate world champions here,” said Cindy Serrano.
Last week, Showtime boss Stephen Espinoza announced that younger sister Amanda Serrano will be defending the WBO super bantamweight title next month and it will be televised on Showtime. Amanda Serrano couldn’t be happier.
“I had a conversation with Mr. Stephen Espinosa at the press conference of my last fight in the Barclays Center where I defended my (WBO) world title with a first round TKO. He told me he was going to have highlights of my fight on Showtime Extreme and regular Showtime,” said Amanda Serrano.
That was followed by the announcement that Amanda Serrano will be defending the WBO title against Mexico’s former bantamweight world champion Yazmin Rivas on January 14 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Amanda Serrano said she was told by Showtime’s Espinoza that he would work hard to get women’s boxing televised.
“True to his word he did all that. My highlights were shown and next month I’m on Showtime,” she said excitedly.
Espinoza had predicted that female boxing would be televised on Showtime next year, possibly in May or June. A female bout had not been televised since 2009.
“It all came together with Amanda winning the title and willing to take on a tough fighter like Yazmin Rivas,” said Espinoza. “It seemed the conditions were perfect.”
Both sisters could not agree more.
“Like my sister Cindy said it’s an unbelievable feeling and mere words couldn’t describe them,” said Amanda Serrano. “All we can say is God Is great!”