Richard Quiñones (Journeymen Boxing) Amanda “The Real Deal” Serrano will now face Fatuma Zarika in a slated six-round co-main event on the Zab Judah/Hevinson Herrera undercard Thursday night at The Space at Westbury, in Westbury, New York.
Serrano (24-1-1, 8ko’s) was slated to take on South Carolina’s Angel Gladney (8-11-1, 6ko’s). However, as of Thursday there was no reasoning to why Gladney was pulled off the card. Serrano, though, believes that Zarika makes for a better opponent, especially since this is a rematch from a May bout that Serrano won over six rounds.
“Not sure why Gladney is out, but Zarika is a better opponent,” Serrano said exclusively to JMB on Wednesday. “After fighting her once before, I knows she’s strong and tough. I’m happy about the change for us and the fans,” she concluded.
In the May clash, Serrano floored Zarika in the first round, but she proved to be tough as she took Serrano the distance in a bout for the first time since the southpaw from Brooklyn, New York, suffered a 2012 setback to Frida Wallberg — the only blemish of her career — for the WBC World female super lightweight title.
Zarika (24-11-1, 14ko’s) has remained winless in 12 bouts outside her native Kenya.