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Two sport fighter Amanda Serrano returns to boxing on September 8th

One of the top names in women’s boxing will return to the ring next month after giving MMA a try back in April. Amanda Serrano, who holds a record of 34-1, is known for having won belts in five different weight classes. Her next fight, which will be on the undercard of Danny Garcia vs Shawn Porter, will present her with a chance to win in a sixth weight class. The fight is for the vacant WBO Junior Welterweight belt, and the opponent is Yamila Esther Reynoso.

Reynoso won’t be a familiar face for most American boxing fans. She has fought in her native Argentina for her entire career, with only two fights overseas: one in Canada, and one in neighboring Uruguay. Serrano will be the big favorite coming in, as Reynoso’s form is only passable rather than exceptional. She has three wins in her last four fights, but the one loss came to the best fighter that she faced, Erica Annabella Farias(26-2). During that four-fight stretch, two of her wins were against opponents with losing records.

That’s not to say that Reynoso is a terrible fighter, but it looks like she’ll be outmatched against one of the absolute best female boxers in the world. While Reynoso’s last fight as a TKO victory over Cristina Beatriz Cuevas(5-8), Serrano last fought in a different sport entirely. She began her MMA career by taking on Corinna Herrera at Combate Estrellas 1, fighting to a unanimous draw.

Eight of her last ten boxing bouts have been technical knockout victories, the most recent coming against Marilyn Hernandez(26-11) back in November. The knockout came in the first round as Serrano trapped Hernandez in the corner and took her opponent’s best blows before replying with a flurry of her own and causing the referee to end the fight after she scored another early knockdown.

If there’s one factor that makes this more of a challenge for Serrano, though, it’s weight. “My opponent is really a welterweight, having defended her Argentinean 147-pound title by knockout in her last fight, and is dropping down one division to face me,” Serrano said, “I am coming up four divisions for this shot. I’m sure Reynoso will rehydrate back up to her natural weight after the weigh-in, but this is a risk worth taking. She’s never been stopped either, so I know she’s durable,”

Serrano should be a draw for the locals, and not just because she’s fighting with the historic chance to win a title in a sixth division. While she was born in Puerto Rico, Serrano currently resides in Brooklyn and has fought there numerous times in the past. This fight will take place on September 8th, and will be on the Showtime card where Danny Garcia will take on Shawn Porter for the vacant WBC Welterweight title.

 

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