Amanda ‘The Real Deal’ Serrano: History will be made

By Xavier Porter,

January 9, 2017

Brooklyn, N.Y. – On January 14, live at the Barclays Center, on Showtime Extreme, Amanda ‘The Real Deal’ Serrano (30-1, 23 KOs) will be defending her WBO super bantamweight title against Mexico’s Yazmin Rivas (35-9, 10 KOs) in a ten round scheduled bout. This bout signifies the first nationally televised women’s world title bout in nearly a decade, since Mary Jo Saunders fought Valerie Mahfood on March 30, 2007 (ESPN2).

Serrano, a 5x four division world champion, has continued to outbox and overpower all opponents who dare to challenge her. She possesses great skill, speed, quickness, and superb mental focus. Her training regimen is constant and consistent. In doing so, the former IBF super featherweight world champion has defeated her last four opponents by way of TKO. Since winning her first championship title in 2011 the Puerto Rican-born Serrano has continued her dominance within the sport of female boxing. This will be the first defense of her new championship belt.

Serrano will be facing the former WBA super flyweight, and WBC, IBF bantamweight world champion. Known to her fans as “Rusita”, Rivas, who hails from Torreon, Coahuila de Zaragoza, Mexico is a tough competitor and has never been knocked out in her professional career. She has forty-five professional fights under her belt, championship experience, and will be seeking to add another world title to her collection.

Serrano is eager and ready to defend her title.

“I am only fighting to keep my title but to also show that it doesn’t matter who I fight, the outcome will be the same. No matter who they put in front of me I don’t change my style. As for Yazmin Rivas being a tough fight, that’s only on paper. I will prove that I am in a different league. There’s a reason why finding opponents to fight me hasn’t been easy. I’m the hardest hitting female fighter in boxing today. Rivas will soon know that personally. Sadly she chose the wrong champion to try and take a belt from.”

After winning and defending her WBO featherweight title, Serrano dropped down in weight to win the vacant WBO super bantamweight title. This allowed for her sister (Cindy) to fight for the vacant title. On December 10, 2016 Cindy became the WBO world featherweight champion, defeating Calixta Silgado by majority decision. In doing so the Serrano sisters are the first pair of sisters in the history of boxing to become world champions simultaneously and the first such duo to win the same title in the same year. The entrepreneurial sisters are focused on the goal of taking women’s boxing to a higher level.

The first and only sisters to hold world championships simultaneously - WBO featherweight champion Cindy "Checkmate" Serrano and WBO super bantamweight champion Amanda "Real Deal" Serrano

The first and only sisters to hold world championships simultaneously – WBO featherweight champion Cindy “Checkmate” Serrano and WBO super bantamweight champion Amanda “Real Deal” Serrano (pic courtesy of Team Serrano)

“It feels fantastic to be defending my title for the first time Brooklyn and on Showtime. It’s a dream come true. New York is home to so many Puerto Ricans and I am sure they will really come out in support of this great event. I will not disappoint my people. I promise that both my opponent and I will leave it all in the ring. Puerto Rico vs Mexico have produced many great rivalries, many great fights throughout the years. This fight will be no different.”

“My sister and I have worked so hard to get to where we’re at. When you think about boxing you have to mention the Serrano sisters. We bring the best out of each other. I love working with my sister.”

Not only will Serrano be defending her title, she’s also fighting for the WBAN (Women’s Boxing Archive Network) title (a belt awarded to female fighters such as Holly Holm, Chevelle Hallback, Anne Sophie Mathis, and Myriam Lamare). It’s a prestigous award given to the winner of an elite bout such as this. Serrano will also be fighting for the WBC Diamond super bantamweight championship belt.

She is extremely excited for this opportunity.

“I am thankful to be able to fight for the WBAN title. This title has been won by four elite women. I’m super honored for the opportunity. I’m going to bring it home. I’ve already cleared its place. Winning this title will add to my other four titles and will look beautiful in my display case.”

“Fighting for the WBC Diamond super-bantamweight championship belt is such an honor. It’s a prestigious belt and only awarded in super fights. Fighters such as Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao, Canelo Alvaraez, Bernhard Hopkins, Jean Pascal, Sergey Kovalev, Jorge Linares, and Nonito Donaire, Leo Santa Cruz, and Sergio Martinez.

“I would like to thank Lou DiBella, the best promoter in boxing, for giving me the chance to show the world why I am the ‘REAL DEAL!’ I would also like to thank Showtime and Mr. Stephen Espinoza for this opportunity. Thank you to my whole team. 2017 will be our year.”

The Serrano vs Rivas telecast is headlined by the super middleweight world championship unification showdown between Badou Jack (20-1-2, 12 KOs) and James DeGale (23-1, 14 KOs), with televised coverage beginning at 9:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. PT. You do not want to miss this fight as history will be made. January 14 is a tremendous fight card all around. It will also serve as a celebration of Puerto Rican pride and heritage as fight fans will be able to watch one half of the championship Serrano sisters square off in defense of her championship belt.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Mayweather Promotions and DiBella Entertainment, start at $25. Tickets are available now and can be purchased online by visiting, or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Tickets are also available at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center. Group discounts are available by calling 844-BKLYN-GP. This event is sponsored by Corona Extra, La Cerveza Mas Fina.

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