Amanda Serrano flurried maniacally in round one and threatened to stop Heather Hardy, but the Gerritsen Beach, Brooklyn native weathered the storm. She reset herself, stayed composed and boxed super smartly to make the distance.
After ten rounds, Serrano got the nod, enjoying a volume edge, but the man who promotes them both, Lou DiBella, nailed it.
At the MSG Theater, DiBella came over the press row and marveled at Hardy's will and cajones. Stones the size of basketballs, he enthused.
By scores of 98-91, 98-91, and 98-92, the fellow Brooklyner Serrano got the win after ten and snagged Hardy's WBO featherweight crown….but apologies for the cliche, there as no loser in that ring.
Hardy boxed like a ring general after that furious first, which saw Serrano fire for about 1:30 of the round. Then, movement, lateral movement, deft slipping and mixing of fighting off the back foot mized with aggression had the members in press row shaking their heads and giving the 37 year old props.
Serrano, now 37-1-1, is 30 years old, and it looked like youth, relative youth, would carry the night. But Hardy's game-plan kicked in and she, if anything, gained supporters for her tenacity and skills.
Her is the CompuBox report: I gave Hardy more points and more props, for her ace ring generalship…