Being #1 in the world has it’s advantages and it’s disadvantages. Amanda “The Real Deal” Serrano (28-1-1, 21 KOs) is living up to her nickname, holding down the top Featherweight spot. With the top billing, comes afraid fighters, excuses, and procrastinators.
Unlike what Ronda Rousey experienced in the UFC with everyone wanting a shot at her, boxers tent to duck then prove their worth – leaving Serrano usually jumping weight division, training for purely unknown opponents, and/or last minute replacement opponents. Serrano makes advantages out of her disadvantages.
Current IBF Champion, Jennifer Han (14-3-1, 1 KO) of Texas, does not want any piece of (or licking from) Serrano in a unification match. Former IBF and WBA Champion, Dihianna Santana (35-8, 14 KOs) of the Dominican Republic, sat on the contract for too long and lost her opportunity.
Recent IBF challenger Calixta Silgado (14-6-3, 9 KOs) of Colombia, has now accepted the invitation and challenge to bang with the best for a shot at Serrano’s WBO title. The date and place is now set for Serrano vs. Silgado on July 30th at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center in support of Showtime Boxing’s Leo Santa Cruz vs. Carl Frampton undercard, presented by DiBella Entertainment.
Serrano is a beast in pretty much a class of her own, with an unreal stoppage rate of 70%. She has pounded her way to knockout victory in twelve (12) of her last fourteen (14) bouts, the other two being Unanimous Decision wins over a tough opponent. During that time span – of four years, she has picked up four world titles in 2 different weight division (UBF Featherweight, WIBA Featherweight, WBO Lightweight, WBO Featherweight), keeping herself busy by any means necessary. Her last match was in April in Puerto Rico, a complete domination TKO4 of previously undefeated prospect Edina Kiss of Hungary.
Silgado is making her fifth attempt at championship gold. She has challenged some of today’s best for IBF, WBA, and WBO, in facing Yazmin Rivas, Mayerlin Rivas, and lastly and most recently Jennifer Han in late April. With most of her wins coming within the distance, “Cali” Silgado looks like an ideal opponent for Serrano, to make this match destined for blood, lumps, and glory.
With contracts being signed many weeks in advance of the scheduled championship bout, both competitors will be have optimal time for preparations for this highly potential #WomenofBoxing Fight of the Year.
“We will be looking to make a statement by stopping her.”