Amanda Serrano Late Addition to DAZN Card
In what’s turned out to be a fun last minute alteration, seven division world champion Amanda “The Real Deal” Serrano (37-1-1, 27 KO’s) has been added to the January 30 DAZN fight card. When she slides through the ropes, Serrano will face the challenge of Simone Aparecida Da Silva (17-14, 6 KO’s). Da Silva, who is 4-10 over her last fourteen fights, will enter the ring coming off a December 2019 unanimous decision loss to Tiara Brown (10-0, 6 KO’s).
ONE DOOR CLOSES AND ANOTHER OPENS
One of the primary reasons why Serrano was a late addition to the card, headlined by WBO world middleweight champion Demetrius “Boo-Boo” Andrade v Luke Keeler, is because she was originally scheduled to have an MMA match on January 25. However, that fight, against Dahiana Santana, along with the entire card, suddenly bit the dust.
Apparently, there were some un-rectified items on the business side of the event which resulted in the card being scraped. Presently, there is no indication of when the event, which was supposed to be staged at the Jose Miguel Agrelot Coliseum, located in Puerto Rico, will be rescheduled.
Left without a dance date, but still eager and anxious to trade some leather, the Real Deal jumped at the chance to get on the Andrade v Keeler card in Miami, Florida as she told to IFL TV.
“Yeah, it was last minute! I actually found out that I was actually on the card six days ago and I was like, you know, getting ready for a MMA fight and that fight got canceled. So I needed a stay-active fight. I’m too crazy in my head so I needed to stay active. And my trainer/manager Jordan said he kept bothering Lou DiBella, Lou DiBella kept bothering Matchroom and DAZN and finally we’re here in Miami fighting tomorrow.”
WHAT ABOUT KATIE TAYLOR THOUGH??!
While fight fans may be stoked about Serrano’s recent addition to the card, many will be left wondering what happened to Amanda Serrano’s forecasted super fight with unified lightweight champion Katie Taylor (15-0, 6 KO’s).
In late 2018, it was reported that Serrano and Taylor, along with their respective promoters Lou DiBella and Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Promotions, had struck a three-fight deal.
The plan proposed that Serrano would fight twice on DAZN before facing the Irish sensation in the third bout. However, when the Real Deal gets in the ring this Thursday, she clearly will not be squaring off against Taylor, despite it being the third fight since making the well-publicized arrangement.
Well, there is no need to worry as the plan for Serrano to face Taylor is still firmly in place. Again, the January 30 fight was never meant to happen in the first place. Yet, since her MMA dust-up was nixed, Serrano thought it would be a prudent idea to stay active and sharp. Provided that the Real Deal takes care of business on the 30, she is still on an immediate crash course with Katie Taylor as she eluded to during the final presser.
“It’s going to be a great fight, I’m ready! I was training for a MMA fight but that got canceled so I squeezed my way in here and come Thursday, I’m going to do like I always do, give a hell of a show and once I pass this fight then its Katie Taylor! Take you to the UK! So let’s get through this first!”
By: Bakari Simpson