Amanda Serrano looking to make a statement for women’s boxing against Yamileth Mercardo
It’s no question, Amanda Serrano (40-1-1, 30 KOs) is one of the best in women’s boxing. She’s a seven-division world champion, winning world titles from 115-140 pounds. When it comes to the ladies’ pound-4-pound ratings, the 32-year-old nicknamed “The Real Deal” is ranked at or near the top by pundits across the board.
Serrano returns to action on August 29 to defend the unified WBC/WBO women’s world featherweight title against reigning WBC women’s world 122 pound champ Yamileth Mercado (18-2, 5 KOs). The ladies will battle on SHOWTIME PPV on the undercard of Logan Paul – Tyron Woodley at the Rocket Mortgage Field House in Cleveland, Ohio.
When it comes to fighting on a card headlined by a YouTube content creator fighting a former UFC world champion, Serrano looks at this strictly through a positive lens. As she explained to the WBO while preparing for her upcoming fight, this is an opportunity she plans to take full advantage of.
“It means a lot to women’s boxing for me to be in this position, to perform on this stage. We deserve to be in the spotlight. I’ll perform like I always do and represent for women’s boxing the best way I know-how. I’m very excited that they chose me for this event.”
AN QUICK NIGHT OF WORK?
If you’re going to feature a women’s fighter capable of making a splash on this kind of card, Serrano is a good option. Her ability in the ring is as complete and well-rounded as anyone in the sport. The defending champ can display dazzling boxing and counter-punching skills on the outside. She can also fight moving forward and break down her opponent with a punishing body attack. Against Yamileth Mercado, who at age 23 is nine years her junior, she’s promising an explosive fight that could end early.
“Expect this to be a war, because I always bring the fireworks. I have a fan-friendly style and I’m going out there to finish my opponent. That’s what the fans want to see.
Don’t blink during this one because even though she’s a tough fighter with a lot of heart, this could be a short fight. I give her a lot of credit for accepting this fight right away. I know that I’m facing a tough Mexican fighter, but I’ll beat her at her own game!”
EYES ON UNDISPUTED
Amanda Serrano has the ultimate goal of becoming the undisputed women’s world champion at 126. That means defeating Yamileth Mercado then hopefully securing bouts against IBF world champion Sarah Mahfoud and WBA world titleholder Erika Cruz. Frustrated at being unable to secure a match against the fellow world titlist, she plans on giving the fans in Cleveland and others watching on PPV something to remember.
“If Erica Cruz and Sarah Mahfood want to be considered the best, they have to face me. Each of them was offered the biggest purse of their career to face me on August 29, and they turned it down. I want to be undisputed in this division, but they refuse to take any chances. All I can do right now is train to be at my best and make another statement against Mercado.”
By: Michael Wilson Jr.