Amanda Serrano: A knock-on-door artist who makes her a pound case

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Fake stories, deep fakes, real truth - in our present moment, there is something about the thirst for truth. Amanda Serrano, champion of seven teams from the Brooklyn area of ​​Bushwick, is as faithful as they came. In the ring, you pay attention to pure and destructive forces, with a heat-resistant hook and compounds that you do not see until you breathe through the fabric. Outwardly, he has a wonderful combination of honesty and self-sacrifice, at the same time humble and determined, who claims to win every victory - and wins what he does.

Flashy Jordans on the other hand, there is something unadorned about Sererano, who was born in Puerto Rico before moving with his family to New York as a child. Speaking on the phone before defending his latest title, he delivers such a relaxed enthusiasm, it’s easy to forget his fists have wiped out 29 opponents in the distance. Known for his pottery life, mid-sport, Sererrano controls but not a solid injury, his strength and determination for many years. All in all, he includes his nickname: The Real Covenant.

In 32 years, the heavy southpaw has achieved almost everything a fighter can expect. With a professional record of 39-1-1, Sererano has taken nine major world titles with total weight from 115lbs to 140lbs. At the highest or highest level of the pound-pound average a decade ago, her name is now spoken of in the same spirit of rejoicing as women greats like Laila Ali, Christy Martin, Lucia Rijker and Ann Wolfe.

Yet Sererrano is unwilling to rest. On Thursday, he will climb the ropes in San Juan at the Plaza del Quinto Centenario to face Argentine international champion Daniela Bermúdez (29-3-3, 10 KOs), who with a few knocks on his record has just proved his mettle - the strength to finish, winning his sixth appearance in suspension. . Serrano's goal is simple: to successfully and effectively defend his WBO and WBC featherweight titles. "I expect him to come out and throw a lot of punches," Sererano said. “That's what I've seen him do with so many people, trying to outdo them. But you know, I'm ready every minute. In every round, I’m ready to throw a fist with him - mine is a lot harder. ”

Regardless of the extra pressure to fight in his homeland, Sererrano was preparing for the same routine: hard work. After two fights in 2020, including the first knockout by Dahiana Santana in December, Sererrano is always oily and ready. Of course, training has changed over the past year, as safety measures for the Covid-19 forced Serbano's team - and runners everywhere - to adapt.

Sererano considers himself lucky. Her manager constantly emphasizes readiness, teaches her to develop resilience as well as to save money for this type of problem. She also has the benefit of family ties: her main female partner is a divorcee, her sister, Cindy Serrano, a paid boxer who held the WBO featherweight title from 2016 to 2017; and her boss is her brother-in-law, Cindy's husband, who trains both Serranos. Even at the highest level of claustrophobic locks, the main team was able to stay together and continued training to a certain degree of harmony. However, with buildings closed and barred from moving, the operation of the property was not easy. "At first it was difficult, it was difficult for everyone," Sererano said. “I was fortunate to have a sister with me. We just trained together, parted together. ”

Recently, as the limits have diminished, the gyms have opened up and various opportunities are at stake. Mixed war veteran Pearl Gonzalez, a friend of Sererano's, visited earlier this month from San Diego to fight ahead of Thursday's fight. However, while the training conditions have improved, Sererano is looking forward to fighting the night itself by regaining his pre-epidemic electricity. Remembering his battle with Heather Hardy of Brooklyn - where Sererrano won his current WBO title - at Madison Square Garden in September 2019, Sererrano was heard to say: “It was amazing. Getting that information with the fans, was great. I can't wait to get that back again.

If you win on Thursday, the natural question is: what's next? One wonders how a successful striker is always motivated.

Sererano seems to be focused on drawing a lasting legacy. As the only Puerto Rican boxer in history, male or female, to win world titles in more than four disciplines, he wants to continue to be proud of his native island - not only by winning a win with Bermúdez, but by combining the 126lbs weight class and giving Puerto Rico its first undefeated four-belt champion. To do that, Sererrano needs to fight current WBA manager Jelena Mrdjenovich - or Erika Cruz Hernandez, if she beats Mddjenovich in their April 22 fight - and undefeated Sarah Mahfoud, who took the IBF belt in July. Whoever Sergano is fighting for, one after the other, doesn't bother him: “Which one comes first. I have no problem. I will fight one of them. "In any case, by the end of 2021, Sererano plans to become an undisputed featherweight champion. It could follow the long-awaited police battle with joint lightweight champion Katie Taylor, who was announced last March that she would be postponed by the epide