By Mark Elezaj
When you think of women’s boxing, names like Cathy Davis, Christy Martin, Laila Ali and Ann Wolfe usually stand out. They are, without a doubt, the early pioneers of woman’s boxing, and rightfully so.
The issue today is that, yes woman’s boxing has come a long way but we are still in search of a top pay-per-view fighter, one that can sell out arenas or main event a fight card.
But, times are changing and you do not have to look any further than undisputed champions Claressa Shields, Katie Taylor of Ireland, Heather Hardy and Amanda Serrano, just to name a few.
Hardy and Serrano, who have both carried the banner for women’s boxing in New York, have been very vocal on women’s boxing, constantly pushing for more televised female fights throughout the years as well as better pay for the fighters as well.
“I’ve become known as the girl talking about the pay and equality. I just want to say it’s never a reflection of how grateful I am to be here. Crying to pictures over at MSG with my mom, thinking we made it. I’m thankful for Amanda choosing me, she’s the best boxer in the world right now. I’m ready, I’m the toughest girl in boxing,” Hardy said.
Amanda Serrano (36-1-1, 27 KOs) and Heather “The Heat” Hardy (22-0, 4 KOs) will step inside the ring to face each other on Friday, Sept. 13 in the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden for Hardy’s WBO women’s featherweight title, in a fight that is being billed as “One Borough, Two Champions, One Winner.”
Serrano, who has won titles in seven different weight divisions, has scored knockouts in nine of eleven fights, with five coming by way of the first round.
Hardy, the WBO champion, loves to fight and is not afraid to leave it all in the ring, just take a look back at her war with Shelly Vincent back in 2016.
This is not the first time both ladies have met in the ring, Hardy and Serrano sparred with one another early on in their amazing careers.
“Of all the people in my life that I’ve gotten into fights with, sparring, MMA, kickboxing, fights on the street, I never got punched as hard as Amanda hit me,” Hardy said.
But Hardy is not afraid of her opponents power either,
“I ain’t scared of nobody with two hands. You know I’m always here to talk about my mama, and my mama always told me, ‘Nobody will beat you like me,’ and she was not lying. She never told me one lie. Nobody will hit you like your mama.”
“This is a terrific women’s fight. This is as good as it gets,” notes Lou DiBella, who promotes both Hardy and Serrano.
“They are the two best female fighters in New York and they’ve been carrying the torch for years in this city.
“We’re only cracking the door open. I want to thank Eddie and DAZN for craking the door open. Now it’s time to knock the f****n’ door down.
“Heather will be defending her WBO featherweight world title and the interim WBC world title has now been added to the pot as well. The winner will also be honored with a special ‘Queen of Brooklyn’ championship belt. With each of their very large and passionate fan bases in the building, the atmosphere inside Hulu Theater at the Garden will be electric. The ladies have stolen this promotion; I won’t be surprised when they steal the show.”
Serrano hopes that a victory over Hardy will set up a championship fight with Taylor (14-0, 6 KOs), but she’s not looking past her opponent this Friday night. She knows that Hardy has not been stopped in a boxing ring yet, and that she will use her experience to take the fight into the deeper rounds.
Talking to the NY Post, Serrano said,
“I know it’s going to be a great fight. I’m truly thankful to her because it’s been a while since I’ve fought for a belt. Most of the champions have been dodging me. It’s going to be good to go out and fight a champion.
“I’m a single mom from Brooklyn, just like her,
“Heather is a true champion and doesn’t give up easily. Neither one of us wants to take a step back. We give it our all. There’s going to be no backing up from either of us.”
Woman’s boxing continues to move forward, getting the fans interested in big fights. We have already seen Claressa Shields take on Christina Hammer in a middleweight unification bout. We saw Katie Taylor defeated Delfine Persoon via close decision in what was a possible fight of the year candidate.
And now we have Hardy vs. Serrano, live from Madison Square Garden, streaming to all platforms via DAZN. It’s a fan friendly fight between two friends who will leave it all on the line. This is the type of fight everyone should be getting excited about. I know I am!
~ The Fighting Voice ~