Amanda Serrano and Other Female Fight News
By David A. Avila
After learning a mega fight was finally arranged, Amanda Serrano requested a quick fight to find her boxing footing and easily dispatched Brazil’s Simone Aparecida Da Silva like a fleck on her sweater last weekend.
“I had to stop her,” said Serrano, a seven-division world titlist. “I wanted to show that I’m on a different level.”
Now it’s on to the bigger game.
It doesn’t get bigger than Serrano facing undisputed lightweight champion Katie Taylor sometime in April. After nearly four years of waiting the ultimate challenge has arrived. But for whom?
On Saturday in Miami, Serrano burned by the Brazilian Aparecida like a Corvette passing a Jeep on the highway. The Puerto Rican southpaw simply clamped her foot down on the pedal and dared her foe to trade blows. She did and she was done. It was as simple as that.
“I know many have skills but I’m also gifted with power and the ability to take a punch,” said Serrano. “So I take way more chances than most.”
Serrano brings to the boxing ring her blend of power, speed and skill and thinks that will be quite enough for the Irish Olympian Taylor who won gold in 2012.
No site has been finalized but the potential clash features two of the top female fighters pound for pound in the world. It doesn’t get better than this. The two desirable sites point towards either New York City’s Madison Square Garden or some place in London, England.
Though Taylor works out of the United Kingdom she has fought four times in New York City including twice at Madison Square Garden. As for Serrano, though she hails from nearby Brooklyn, fighting in London appeals to her too.
“I’ll still give you guys the best version of me, I promise,” said Serrano.
It doesn’t get bigger than Serrano versus Taylor for all the marbles.
Six in Indiana
A star-studded female fight card led by new IBF super lightweight titlist Mary McGee takes place on Saturday Feb. 8, at Hammond, Indiana. Fans can watch the impressive lineup live streamed at this link: Www.lrplive.tv
McGee (26-3) is making the first defense of the world title she won in early December. Now she gets to fight at home and meets Australia’s Deanha Hobbs (8-1) in a 10 clash at Hammond Civic Center.
Others on this impressive female boxing card include Prisca Vicot (11-6) and Christina Linardatou (12-2) in a 10 round welterweight clash; Melissa St. Vil (12-4-4) and Jessica Camara (7-1) also meet 10 rounds.
The six round encounters feature middleweights Leatitia Robinson (15-1) and Claire Hafner (4-2); bantamweights Ebanie Bridges (3-0) and Crystal Hoy (6-10-4); plus welterweights Sarah French (4-2-1) and Christina Barry (1-6). It worth spending a Saturday night to watch these top female fighters perform.
Super featherweight unification in UK
Super featherweights collide with WBC titlist Eva Wahlstrom (23-1-2) defending against super Brit, Terri Harper (9-0) the IBO titlist in a unification match at Sheffield, England on Saturday Feb. 8. DAZN will stream the European clash.
Wahlstrom has been pretty lucky squeaking past several American fighters by extremely close and debatable scores. Now she gets Harper who is making the second defense of the IBO title and they’re meeting on British soil.
Can Harper’s aggressive style allow her to overcome the strategic counter-punches of the veteran from Finland who’s making her sixth defense since first winning it on April 2015. Though she lost to Katie Taylor on December 2018, that was in the lightweight division. This will be a very good test between two 130-pound champions.
The pride of Costa Rica Yokasta Valle (19-2) makes her second IBF minimum weight world title defense On Saturday Feb. 8, against Philippines Carleans Rivas (8-6-4) in a 10 round fight at San Jose.
Valle, 27, was born in Nicaragua but lives and trains in Costa Rica and has built up a massive following in her adopted country and some say most of Central America. She’s also a fearless competitor who won the title in Spain against that country’s best Joana Pastrana last August.
Rivas, 31, is tall for the minimum weight class and has experience against top flight competition. It’s a solid test in the 105-pound weight class.
More Female Fight News
On Friday Feb. 7, lightweights Yanina Del Carmen (6-1) and Maira Moneo (6-0) meet 10 rounds for the South American title at Concordia. Also, bantamweights Micaela Sarfati (3-0) and Ronina Sosa (1-0) meet four rounds.
Amy Naert (3-0) knocked out Jovana Zdravkovic (0-1) in the second round on Saturday Feb. 1. The minimum weight fight took place at Ingelmunster.
On Saturday Feb. 8, featherweights Aline De Souza (1-0) and Ediana Meel (0-0) meet four rounds at Belem.
Amanda Galle (4-0) defeated Shelly Barnett (4-3-2) by unanimous decision after eight rounds on Tuesday Jan. 28. The Canadian super bantamweight title remains vacant due to Galle scaling over the limit.
Vicky Quevedo (1-0) knocked out Angie Barcas (2-14) in the third round on Friday Jan. 31. The super lightweight bout was held at Santiago.
On Saturday Feb. 8, minimum weights Yokasta Valle (19-2) and Carleans Rivas (8-6-4) meet 10 rounds for the IBF minimum weight world title at San Jose. This is her second defense since winning the title in Spain last August. Rivas fights out of the Philippines.
Sarah Mahfoud (10-0) won by unanimous decision after 10 rounds versus Argentina’s Brenda Carabajal (16-5-1) on Saturday Feb. 1. The interim IBF featherweight title fight was held at Copenhagen. Also, Elena Gradinar (10-1) defeated Nina Pavlovic (5-3-1) by majority decision after six rounds in a featherweight match.
Elodie Bouchlaka (6-1-2) defeated Romane Geffray (1-2-1) by unanimous decision after eight rounds on Friday Jan. 31. The French bantamweight title was held at Nantes.
On Saturday Feb. 8, middleweights Christina Hammer (24-1) and Florence Muthoni (12-8-2) meet eight rounds at Goeppingen. This is Hammer’s fist fight since her loss to Claressa Shields almost a year ago.
On Saturday Feb. 8, featherweights Nicole Schaefer (0-0) and Amra Okugic (0-8) meet four rounds at Dorsten.
Etsuko Tada (19-3-3) and Ayaka Miyao (23-8-2) fought to a split draw after 10 rounds on Tuesday Jan. 28. The WBO minimum weight title remains vacant. Also, Tomoko Okuda (6-2-2) defeated Kanako Taniyama (2-1-1) by technical decision after seven rounds to win the vacant OPBF and Japanese bantamweight titles.
On Sunday Feb. 9, minimum weights Honoka Kano (2-0-1) and Tsukiho Suzuki (1-1-1) meet four rounds at Okinawa.
On Friday Feb. 7, super bantamweights Laura Ledezma (14-0) and Mayerlin Rivas (15-4-2) meet 10 rounds for the vacant WBA world title at Panama City. Also, flyweights Yaditza Perez (13-13-1) and Nataly Delgado (7-2-1) meet in an eight round fight.
Dorota Norek (5-1) knocked out Roz Mari Silyanova (1-9-1) in the first round on Saturday Feb. 1. The super flyweight fight took place at Rokietnica.
Umi Ishikawa (9-3) won by third round knockout over Wassana Kamdee (4-6) on Sunday Feb. 2. The light flyweight bout was held in Bangkok. Also, Panida Chatluang (2-3) beat Thamonwan Phiokhao (0-4) by decision in a minimum weight fight.
On Saturday Feb. 8, super flyweights Sofia Abraamyan (4-1) and Oksana Romanova (10-29-1) meet eight rounds in Kiev.
Katelynn Phelan (3-0) won by decision after four rounds versus Borislava Goranova (11-61-4) on Saturday Feb. 1. The welterweight fight took place at Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Eftychia Kathopouli (4-1) defeated Siobhan O’Leary (3-1) by decision after six rounds on Friday Jan. 31. The super featherweight fight took place at Glenrothes, Scotland.
On Saturday Feb. 8, super welterweights Hannah Rankin (8-4) and Gifty Ankrah (8-6-1) meet eight rounds in Paisley, Scotland.
On Saturday Feb. 8, super featherweights Eva Wahlstrom (23-1-2) and Terri Harper (9-0) meet 10 rounds for the WBC and IBO world titles at Sheffield, England.
Shayna Foppiano (3-0-1) beat Crystal Byers (0-9) by decision after four rounds on Friday Jan. 31. The super lightweight bout took place at Windham, New Hampshire. Also, Kim Wabik (4-0-2) beat Dasha Ragland (0-3) by decision in a four round super lightweight fight.
Amanda Serrano (38-1-1) won by knockout in the third round versus Brazil’s Simone Aparecida Da Silva (17-15) on Thursday Jan. 30. The lightweight fight took place at Miami, Florida. Also, Avril Mathie (5-0-1) won by fourth round knockout over Angelina Hoffschneider (0-3) in a super bantamweight fight.
On Thursday Feb. 6, flyweights Sulem Urbina (11-0) and Noemi Bosques (12-14-3) meet in a six round clash at Indio, California. DAZN sill stream the fight.
On Friday Feb. 7, super flyweights Jennifer Woods (0-1) and Maryguenn Vellinga (0-0) meet four rounds at Salt Lake City, Utah.
On Saturday Feb. 8, six female bouts take place as super lightweights Mary McGee (26-3) and Deanha Hobbs (8-1) meet 10 rounds at Hammond, Indiana. Welterweights Prisca Vicot (11-6) and Christina Linardatou (12-2) go 10 rounds; lightweights Melissa St. Vil (12-4-4) and Jessica Camara (7-1) meet 10 rounds; middleweights Leatitia Robinson (15-1) and Claire Hafner (4-2) meet six rounds; bantamweights Ebanie Bridges (3-0) and Crystal Hoy (6-10-4) meet six rounds; and welterweights Sarah French (4-2-1) and Christina Barry (1-6) meet six rounds.
On Saturday Feb. 8, bantamweights Rebecca Cruz (2-0) and Elizabeth Tuani (0-1) meet four rounds at Daytona Beach, Florida.
(Photo by Ed Mulholland/Matchroom Boxing)