“I’m Blessed”: Amanda Serrano Ropes In Puerto Rican Boxing Legends While Reliving Memory When Her Country Came To Support Her

Published 11/19/2023, 9:09 AM EST

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In the heart of Florida, where sports fans’ cheers create a symphony of excitement, Amanda Serrano faced Brazil’s Danila Ramos in the ring for a defining moment in her career. Serrano achieved history with a unanimous decision victory in her favor, marking the first 12-round, 3-minute fight in 16 years.

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However, what made Serrano feel blessed was her country coming in hot with the representation. Pulsating with energy, a sold-out crowd eagerly awaited the clash of titans in the arena. Yet, amid the fervor, something extraordinary defined this night – a connection that transcended the bounds of the ring and resonated all the way to the shores of Puerto Rico.

Amanda Serrano relives the day she made history

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Taking to social media, Amanda Serrano shared her sentiments and the gratitude she felt for the overwhelming support. “No better feeling,” the undisputed featherweight world champion expressed with genuine emotion. To have an entire nation stand behind you, to feel their energy coursing through the punches thrown, is a privilege that transcends victory in the ring. It’s an amazing thing because my island did that for Trinidad & Cotto & now they are doing it for me. I’M BLESSED!”

As soon as Serrano left the ring after defeating her Brazilian opponent, she received the wholesome news that a staggering 70% of the audience had flown in from her island to witness the spectacle. They transformed the arena into a sea of Puerto Rican flags. The cheers were not just for a fighter; they were a resounding chorus of national pride.

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Reflecting on the moment, Serrano couldn’t help but draw parallels to boxing legends like Felix Trinidad and Miguel Cotto, who had once basked in similar adoration from their homeland. Now, she carries the torch, and the passionate support that had once echoed for those icons fervently rallies behind her. Three weeks ago at the historic bout, it was the unwavering allegiance that spoke volumes about the bond between a fighter and her nation.

Serrano didn’t miss the significance. Her journey mirrors those preceding, weaving triumphs and shared pride, not just with her country but with women globally.

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On October 17th, Serrano defended her WBA, WBO, and IBF featherweight titles with a unanimous decision victory (120-108 on all scorecards). Despite Ramos showcasing defensive skills, Serrano’s high punch volume secured her win. Serrano, acknowledging the historic significance, expressed hope for more opportunities for women in boxing, emphasizing that the future looks promising for female fighters.

However, this fight decision was met with its fair share of controversy. President of the WBC Mauricio Sulaiman said he would never sanction a 12-round 3-minute fight, and that he had to “protect the fighters from themselves”. Moreover, he delved into the whole physiological aspect and differences between men and women. Regardless, Serrano and Ramos both made history.

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Amanda Serrano, with humility and grace, stands not just as a champion in the ring but as a symbol of Puerto Rican resilience and pride. She has etched her name alongside the greats who paved the way, not just for the country, but in the annals of boxing history.

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Simona Pereira

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