Amanda Serrano remains on a mission to become Puerto Rico’s first undisputed champion.
Until her colleagues in the department begin to cooperate, however, she will have to be content with staying active.
The division’s record-breaking list of titles will next face Mexican Yamileth Mercado in their second defense of the combined WBC / WBO / IBO featherweight titles. The fight will take place on August 29th as a co-feature of a Showtime pay-per-view event hosted by social media influencer Jake Paul (3-0, 3KOs) against former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley from Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland is cited. Ohio.
“I really want to thank Yamileth for taking up the fight,” Serrano remarked during Tuesday’s press conference in Los Angeles to discuss the late summer PPV event. “That’s what you call a real Mexican champion. She comes up to fight me. Not many want that.
Serrano (40-1-1, 30KO) went for a multi-belt unification battle with recently crowned WBA title list Erika Cruz and IBF title attorney Sarah Mahfoud. Both featherweight titleholders turned down six-figure paydays for the occasion, leaving Brooklyn-bred Boricua to look elsewhere for her next opportunity.
It made Mercado (18-2, 5KOs) up to the opportunity – and the weight, as the reigning WBC junior featherweight put on four pounds if he accepted the fight. It’s the second reigning 122-pound title in a row Serrano has faced after previously chasing a division mate.
“I wasn’t surprised,” remarked Serrano, coming in the ninth round against Argentine Daniela Bermudez, the IBF junior featherweight champion who rose to headline her Ring City USA last March in Old San Juan. Puerto Rico. “We’ve been shooting at the other weight champions for a year when I decided to become the undisputed champion.
“That is definitely still my goal and they are definitely still in my sights. I feel so honored to be fighting again. But I just hope we can get these fights soon. “
For now, the 32-year-old southpaw would like to enrich her legacy in other ways.
Serrano is currently tied for the second-most knockout victories in history by a fighter and is just two minutes ahead of the all-time mark set by Hall of Fame pioneer Christy Martin. For the second year in a row, she faces a reigning titleholder who has never been stopped, and Mercado is heading for her US debut with a winning streak of six bouts.
“It’s going to be a great fight,” vows Serrano, who has won titles in every weight range from 115 to 140 pounds and is knocked out except for the 140-pound division. “I guarantee it will be a night of fireworks. You will have a great night full of action. Not a boring night when you have Mexico versus Puerto Rico.
“Jake Paul and Tyron Woodley will have competition tonight.”
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox