Amanda Serrano slayed in PR. A KO she craved, a KO she earned.
TKO, round 4, Serrano over Edina Kiss.
I asked trainer Jordan Maldonado how it went down. Was it easy work? “No! She was real tougb and durable. Lasted longer then the other name fighters we've faced. She was an experienced amateur for sure. Good survival skills.”
And how did Amanda finish her?
“Well, we dropped her in the first and she got up and held and moved. As the rounds moved on Amanda kept the pressure and landed vicious head and body shots. I honestly thought she would quit in the corner but she had said she would give a good fight, and she did! Finally in the forth round the ref jumped in to stop it, not knowing her corner threw in the towel. We laughed at the double stoppage!”
It's been a long time since Amanda Serrano lost and the Brooklyner has been training diligently so all the people in Puerto Rico who enjoy seeing “Real Deal” on billboards don't get depressed.
Friday night (April 22) will see the 27-1 boxer be the first female to headline a pro fight card in PR, which is an XXL feather in her hat. Serrano, age 27, came to NY with mom and dad and older sis Cindy and has been rising the ranks of a female fight scene which is ever so slowly but certainly surely gaining upward mobility. Her last L was tasted in 2012. The Serranos and Heather Hardy are top tier reps for female pugilism here on the East Coast, but trainer/manager Jordan Maldonado told NYFIGHTS that a PR audience has been craving a Serrano sighting.
She will take on 6-0 Hungarian Edina Kiss, and I asked Maldonado to offer a scouting report.
“Kiss was a good amateur fighter from Hungary, a three time national champion for them. Decent punching power. Stopped Erika Kalderas, who was 11-1, in her third fight (TKO1). Kalderas had also gone five rounds against Ramona Kuehne, who was 23-1, for a world title. It's our first fight in Puerto Rico so we wanted a tough test,” he said of the boxer promoted by Lou Dibella. “She is also ahead of some of our American female fighters who claim they are good…She didn't hesitate to take the fight either. It's a tricky fight for us but we are in good shape and ready. We will treat her like our toughest test. I expect an early KO for us. Won't keep her around long to know how good she really is.”