By Mark Elezaj
CLEVELAND – Amanda Serrano, the seven-division world champion, continued to show why she is one of the best pound-for-pound female boxers in the sport.
Serrano successfully defended her WBC and WBO featherweight titles, with a unanimous decision victory over 122 lb titleholder Yamileth Mercado in the Paul vs. Woodley co-feature Sunday night.
Serrano (41-1-1, 30 KOs) extended her winning streak to 27. She has not lost a fight in nearly 10 years.
All three judges scored the bout 97-93, 98-92, and 99-91 for Serrano.
The Fighting Voice had it a 100-90 for Serrano.
Mercado (18-3, 5 KO’s) who is the WBC super-bantamweight champion, was coming up a weight division and the difference in punching power was evident the entire fight.
From the opening bell, it was clear that Serrano was the crisper boxer, showcasing her power and opposing her will. Serrano, the aggressor, landed right hooks and left hands with ease, dominating the first round.
In a very one-sided round two, Serrano picked up from where she left off, throwing punches while continuing to pick apart Mercado.
In round three, Mercado looked to retaliate, fighting off of her back foot trying to fend off Serrano, who was not as active as the first two rounds.
The action picked up in round four. Serrano continued to land right hooks on Mercado who was able to land a straight right that backed Serrano into the corner just before the bell sounded.
The action slowed in rounds five and six, but Serrano was controlling the pace, out working her opponent.
In round seven, Serrano landed a hurtful left hook that rocked Mercado and unleashed a fury of punches while she was against the ropes in the eighth.
Serrano landed a huge left hook that opened a cut on Mercado in the ninth round and continued on the assault in the 10th round, battering her bloodied opponent who was almost out on her feet.
Amanda Serrano put on a clinic Sunday night, reminding everyone of her brilliance inside the ring, dominated the fight from the opening bell, even as Mercado showed the heart of a lioness, never backing down.
Serrano out-landed Mercado 160-95 in total punches while landing 41.5 percent of her power punches.
“I had a tough Mexican in front of me tonight,” said Serrano, a Brooklyn, N.Y. resident born in Carolina, Puerto Rico. “She’s a champion in her own weight class, but I hope I made everyone proud and happy and that SHOWTIME will have me back again. I’m hoping that I made some of these people here fans of women’s boxing and that I made the sport proud.”
When asked if she wants to revisit plans for a possible fight with lightweight champion Katie Taylor, Serrano said she’s for it, but is focused on featherweight for the time being.
“I want all the titles at featherweight, I want to become undisputed, and then later, what a great fight it would be, undisputed vs undisputed,” Serrano said.
~ The Fighting Voice ~