Amanda Serrano: "I Won’t Stop At Seven Divisions"
Amanda Serrano says she can win World titles in EIGHT weight
divisions – but first must defeat Eva Voraberger for the
vacant WBO Super-Flyweight title at the Hulu Theater in
Madison Square Garden, New York on Friday January 18 to land
a World title in her seventh weight class live on DAZN in
the US and on Sky Sports in the UK.
Serrano guns for seventh heaven when she meets the Austrian
in the Big Apple and the Brooklyn-based Puerto Rican star
can surpass Mexican legend and six-weight world champion
Oscar De La Hoya – and will not rule out joining Manny
Pacquiao as an eight-weight ruler in the future, saying
weight is no obstacle thanks to her frame and work-ethic.
“As a Puerto Rican, there's a rivalry with Mexico so I want
to beat Oscar’s number next week!” said Serrano. “Maybe we
should then go for Pacquiao and hit an eighth weight?
“I haven't really sat down and acknowledged what I've done.
My trainer tells me it's huge and that being the third
fighter to win World titles at seven weights is amazing. A
little Latina from Bushwick can make history, it's great.
“The weight is not an issue when you have a great team
behind you. My MMA coach came to California to help with my
nutrition to drop the weight down so it's been fun really, I
have been trying new things anyway and saw how fast the
weight was coming down.
“I'm a small girl so it's better for me to drop weight
rather than go up in weight but with hard work and
dedication I feel I can go up and down in weights. My last
fight was at 140 where I had to run less and eat more, so
this has just been the opposite of that. I always train hard
and I'm in the gym 365 days a year.
“Eva's a champion, she's signed on the dotted line so she's
coming to fight – I just can't wait for next Friday so I can
have me some burger! My team have watched her, they come up
with the gameplan and I work hard to put that plan into
practice in the ring.”
Serrano’s clash with Voraberger is a DiBella Entertainment
bout in association with Matchroom Boxing USA and is part of
a three World title fight bill, topped by Demetrius
Andrade’s first defense of his WBO World Middleweight title
against Russian Artur Akavov and Irishman TJ Doheny’s maiden
defense of his IBF World Super-Bantamweight title.
Former World Lightweight ruler Jorge Linares continues his
comeback trail on the card when he meets Pablo Cesar Cano.
Linares’ (45-4 28KOs) reign as WBA and Ring Magazine
champion was ended in an epic clash with pound-for-pound
star Vasily Lomachenko at Madison Square Garden in May, with
Linares felling the Ukrainian star in the sixth before being
stopped four rounds later.
Linares returned to winning ways in September with a third
round stoppage win over Abner Cotto in September in
California and starts 2019 with his 50th pro fight against
Cano (31-7-1 21KOs), the Mexican former World title
challenger who landed the WBC International Silver strap in
his last outing in September – and Linares is joined by
fellow Golden Boy Boxing star Alexis Rocha (12-0 8KOs), the
21 year old Welterweight talent ready to begin his charge
for titles in 2019.
Long Island favorite and former World ruler Chris Algieri
(22-3 8KOs) steps up his pursuit of regaining his World
champion status at Super-Lightweight as he faces fellow New
Yorker Danny Gonzalez (17-1-1 7KOs), while one of Matchroom
Boxing USA’s rising stars tastes his first action in 2019 on
the card as Reshat Mati (2-0 1KO) returns to the scene of
his last outing in October where the ‘Albanian Bear’ went
the four round distance in his second fight.