Breaking: Serrano’s opponent misses flight, title bout rescheduled

Amanda Serrano (R) getting in some work before her title fight against Helen Joseph (Photo courtesy Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment)
(Amanda Serrano (R) getting in some work before her title fight vs. Helen Joseph (Photo courtesy Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment)

Richard Quiñones (Journeymen Boxing) Amanda “The Real Deal” Serrano was set to make her mark in women’s boxing when she was slated to step into the ring Saturday night to take on Helen Joseph in a 10-round title for the vacant WBO World female featherweight title at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, New York.

However, the bout has been rescheduled after it was learned that Joseph missed her flight from Ghana to the U.S.

The bout is tentatively rescheduled for February 17th.

Serrano posted a message to her fans on IG. “Hey guys so sorry to inform my opponent didn’t make her flight so my fight has been moved to February 17th. It’s unfortunate but these things happen. We are back in the Gym today getting ready for that Date. That’s the price you pay if you want to be Great!!”

The bout was going to be on a stacked card promoted by DiBella Entertainment, which will still be highlighted by the Deontay Wilder/Artur Szpilka WBC World Heavyweight title and the Charles Martin/Vyacheslav Glazkov bout that will decide the vacant IBF World heavyweight title.

The southpaw Serrano (26-1-1, 19ko’s) has made it a habit of ending her fights quickly thanks in large part to her knockout power, which has seen her stop 19 opponents. Since suffering the only loss of her career back in 2001 against Frida Wallberg for the WBC World female super featherweight title, the native of the Bronx, has won 12 straight bouts, including 10 by way of KO.

Known as a quick starter, Serrano can smother her opponent and overwhelm them, which was never more evident then when she fought Carla Torres back in 2014.

The 27-year-old promptly seized control of the fight from the opening bell, and simply bullied the WIBA featherweight champ by breaking her down with body shots inside the first round en route to a quick TKO win.

Torres was coming off a title win in which she exposed Ronica Jeffrey and in just her second fight back from almost three years of inactivity, Serrano made her pay.

“I don’t  care who I’m fighting, I want that belt,” Serrano said on Tuesday. “No one is going to take it away from me, I’m promising a night of fireworks.” She will at least have to wait a month or so for that opportunity.

Joseph (12-3-1, 7ko’s) had dropped three of six and was coming off 10-round unanimous decision loss against Jennifer Han last September for the then vacant IBF World female featherweight title.

Despite coming into that title fight after a two-year layoff, Joseph floored Han in the third round.

However, the veteran Han recovered and cruised the rest of the way.

Serrano was looking to tie fellow Puerto Rican Miguel Cotto’s record of being a four-division world champion. She has already claimed titles at 126lbs, 130lbs and 135lbs. Logically the next move would be for her to go down one more weight class and contend for a world title at 122lbs, which could occur in the near future.





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