Amanda Serrano stored the WBC and WBO featherweight titles tonight in San Juan, Puerto Rico, knocking out Daniela Bermudez on a ninth spherical physique shot to safe her fortieth profession victory.
Serrano (40-1-1, 30 KO) kind of lived as much as her fame as in all probability the perfect puncher on the ladies’s facet of the game, and likewise as one of many elite pound-for-pound fighters. Bermudez (29-4-3, 10 KO) is a three-division champ and likewise was universally thought-about prime 10 pound-for-pound, however she had no actual solutions for Serrano on this battle. All three judges had the battle a shutout, 80-72, on the time of the knockout, and Unhealthy Left Hook had it 79-73 for Serrano.
Serrano was faster, extra athletic, the higher puncher, simply the higher fighter in principally each method. Bermudez confirmed tons of toughness by persevering with to come back ahead in opposition to Serrano, however she was largely picked aside on the best way in, and Serrano steadily broke her down.
A left hand to the physique led to a delayed response from Bermudez within the ninth, and when Daniela took a knee, she indicated she was performed there, taking the ten depend. Serrano had performed sturdy physique work all through the battle, one thing else she usually invests in, and paid off massive right here.
“We knew she was robust, she’s a Latina, she’s from Argentina,” Serrano stated. “They’re very robust girls. We had been prepared for a 10-round battle. It simply occurred, the physique shot.”
Requested if she needed to maneuver up in weight — probably to face Mikaela Mayer at 130 or Katie Taylor at 135 — Serrano stated she’s targeted on featherweight proper now.
“I wish to grow to be undisputed. I wish to be the primary undisputed champion from Puerto Rico,” she stated. “IBF, WBA, nothing in opposition to any champion, I would like these belts. In the event that they wish to grow to be undisputed champion, they should come by means of me, too, so we want one another.”
For the file, the WBA title is held by Canada’s Jelena Mrdjenovich (41-10-2, 19 KO), whereas Denmark’s Sarah Mahfoud (10-0, 3 KO) has the IBF title. Serrano could be a heavy favourite in opposition to both.
Carlos Caraballo TKO-4 Leonardo Baez: Leonardo Baez did what he may attempting to comply with his twin brother Eduardo’s win within the battle earlier than this one, however he was going through a significantly better opponent, interval. The 25-year-old Caraballo (14-0, 14 KO) regarded like a possible critical contender within the making right here, battering Baez (18-4, 9 KO) for 4 rounds with precision energy punches that dissected the hard-nosed Mexican and compelled a nook stoppage within the fourth spherical. Baez isn’t any elite fighter or something, however he’s robust as hell and the kind of man who can expose pretenders and make for a tricky night time. Caraballo simply shredded him right here, touchdown monster uppercuts and highly effective hooks till the Baez nook had seen sufficient, making a compassionate stoppage — they knew their man wasn’t going to surrender, and bless Baez, he did every thing doable attempting to get into this battle. It simply wasn’t occurring.
Eduardo Baez UD-8 Abimael Ortiz: Baez (19-1-2, 6 KO) was terrific right here, simply drowning Ortiz (8-1-1, 4 KO) in quantity for just about your complete battle, and that’s to not say Ortiz by no means did good work on this junior featherweight matchup, as a result of he did. The Puerto Rican A-side landed good photographs on his Mexican rival, and went for it within the eighth and remaining spherical, realizing he was down, however that fixed strain and work from Baez was simply an excessive amount of, I believe it form of shocked Ortiz a bit in some rounds, even. The tempo simply stayed the identical — quick — for Baez all the best way. Baez, 25, has solely ever misplaced to Mauricio Lara, again in 2017 when each had been younger. He doesn’t have the look of an elite man or something, however he can battle, and 122 has openings for guys like him to get respectable alternatives. Judges had this 79-73, 79-73, and 80-72 for Baez. Unhealthy Left Hook had it a barely nearer 78-74 for Baez.
Juan Carlos Camacho SD-8 Marvin Solano: A aggressive battle, dwelling man Camacho (12-1, 6 KO) getting the cut up nod over Nicaraguan veteran Solano (23-6, 8 KO), who’s been in with some actually good fighters over time however caps at a sure degree for being an actual menace. The 24-year-old Camacho is aggressive however not all the time efficient with it, not a giant puncher, doesn’t determine to trigger main issues at 115 or 118 on the world degree. Solano, 30, will go on to extra fights like this, profitable just a few, shedding some.
Midyael Sanchez SD-8 Ryan Pino: It’s onerous to be too mad a few battle fairly pretty scored 76-75 throughout the board — two judges for Sanchez, one for Pino — however you must really feel for Pino (8-6-2, 4 KO), who was gunning for an upset win on his birthday, got here off the canvas within the second spherical, and took over the second half of this battle, together with pouring massive strain on late. However Sanchez (9-1, 6 KO) will get the win; he doesn’t appear to have a giant future or something. He struggled right here in opposition to a club-level fighter, and misplaced to Patrick Cora in his final battle in 2019. Cora’s an honest prospect, this battle was extra damning, plus he’s 26, not a pup. Unhealthy Left Hook scored it 76-75 for Pino, and I believe there was an argument to present Pino each spherical previous the second, in all honesty. However he simply didn’t pull it out on the playing cards, and it’s not a theft, simply questionable, controversial within the sense that any battle like that is.
Oscar Collazo UD-6 Francisco Bonilla: Good battle for the 24-year-old Collazo (3-0, 2 KO) to get in. At his age he doesn’t should be on the mega quick monitor, however he’ll wish to step up inside the subsequent few years, and a battle like this one may help on that journey. Bonilla (6-10-3, 3 KO) didn’t have the facility or expertise to actually trouble him — scores had been 60-54 throughout the board — however the journeyman did land some clear photographs and present Collazo it’s in all probability going to be a good suggestion to tighten up in opposition to guys who do have the facility or expertise down the road. However Collazo, who will settle in at 108 or 112, regarded good on offense, too, inventive, a little bit slick, and might battle off the again foot.
Arely Mucino UD-8 Lucia Hernandez-Nunez: A rust-shaker win for Mucino (29-3-2, 10 KO), who’s an actual world-level flyweight, combating for the primary time in two years right here as a 115-pounder. Hernandez-Nunez (7-11, 0 KO) didn’t current a lot problem, and was dropped within the eighth spherical. Scores had been 80-71 throughout the board.
Angel Carranza UD-4 Eduardo Melendez: Simple however helpful win for prospect Carranza, now 2-0 (1 KO). He’s a 19-year-old junior light-weight, scored a fast knockdown within the first after which journeyman Melendez (5-30, 1 KO) simply stored away and survived the space, principally. A part of that’s going to be Carranza getting some classes that he must get higher at chopping off the ring, as a result of it’s not like Melendez had some distinctive footwork to play keepaway or something. Worthwhile battle for a younger boxer. All three judges had it 40-35.