Amanda Serrano ended Ring City USA’s stay in Puerto Rico with an championship-level performance to retain her featherweight titles.
Serrano retained the WBC and WBO featherweight titles with a ninth-round knockout victory over Daniela Bermudez and picked up the vacant IBO title in the process. The card headlined Ring City USA’s third, and final, card in Puerto Rico that aired on NBC Sports Network.
The seven-division champion was the better boxer from the start of the bout, applying steady pressure with the jab and being on the move. Bermudez was able to land some heavy right hands that kept her within striking distance of connecting a big shot that could hurt Serrano. As the fight progressed, Serrano was able to counterpunch more effectively and started working the body more consistently.
Serrano continued to break down Bermudez with the body, even when her corner got punished late in the fight. Jordan Maldonado, Serrano’s trainer and manager, was removed from her corner for comments directed at the referee and wasn’t allowed to return to the corner for the remainder of the fight. That didn’t deter Serrano, who landed a huge two-punch combination to the body that sent Bermudez to the canvas and unable to get back up. Serrano has won her last three fights inside the distance.
With the title defense against Bermudez done, Serrano has her sights on becoming an undisputed champion. After the fight, Serrano said she wants to be the first undisputed champion out of Puerto Rico. This would mean fights against WBA champion Jelena Mrdjenovich and IBF Sarah Mahfoud in order to unify the division.
“I want to become undisputed,” stated Serrano. “I want to be the first undisputed champion to come out of my beautiful island of Puerto Rico. That’s definitely my goal – IBF, WBA. Nothing against any champion but I want those belts. If they want to become undisputed champion, then they need to come through me too, so we need each other.”
On the undercard, heralded prospect Carlos Caraballo stopped Leonardo Baez in the fourth round to keep his 100 percent KO rate intact. Caraballo bullied Baez for several minutes with his body work, combinations and uppercuts, eventually leading to the referee stopping the bout. Leonardo’s brother Eduardo did pick up a win on the undercard, scoring a near-shutout on the scorecards against Abimael Ortiz. Eduardo handed Ortiz his first pro loss with a unanimous decision victory (79-73, 79-73, 80-72).
Ring City USA had a five-fight undercard that was streamed on Twitch. The action started with Angel Carranza scoring a wide unanimous decision win over Eduardo Melendez (40-35, 40-35, 40-35). In addition, Miguel Cotto-promoted prospect Oscar Collazo improved his record to 3-0 with a six-round decision win against Francisco Bonilla.
Luis Midyael Sanchez and Juan Carlos Camacho also picked up split decision wins against Ryan Pino and Marvin Solano on the Twitch undercard. Former world champion Arely Mucino also dominated Lucia Hernandez-Nunez en route to an eight-round decision victory.