As Badou Jack and James DeGale battle for super middleweight supremacy and Jose “Sniper” Pedraza collides with Gervonta “Tank” Davis at super featherweight, Brooklyn's own Amanda Serrano looks to steal the show.
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WBO super bantamweight champion Amanda Serrano (30-1-1, 23KOs) is not a gangster, but she'll be a crime boss looking to whack Yazmin Rivas (35-9-1, 10KOs), as she defends her title tonight at the Barclays Center live on Showtime Extreme.
After cracking the door open last summer by breaking (literally) Calixta Salgado for the title in her Barclays Center debut, Serrano looks to kick down all barriers for Women's Boxing and become a rare star.
Serrano will be fighting for a chance to pioneer a new generation of female boxers in the same way Gina Carano did for Women's MMA nearly a decade ago. She proved that good looks, a compelling aura and talent can triumph at the box office in a male dominated industry.
Carano was a surrogate mother to the irascible presence of wildly successful Ronda Rousey. Her fall coincides with the push to find a charismatic superstar who can transcend Women's Boxing.
Amanda Serrano appears to be the answer.
As a diamond totally out of the rough and long overlooked, Lou DiBella knew it was time for her Amanda to shine. At just 28, there's no reason to believe we're not looking at a potential pink Miguel Cotto-like draw from Puerto Rico, as Barclays will rock with Boriqua pride.
In the areas of offense, defense, ring generalship and effective aggressiveness, Serrano compares around evenly with the world's best.
But an unusual balance and cold-blooded desire; placed on top of consistent combination punching and a bevy of skill intangibles, stand apart from any other female boxer in the game.
“The Real Deal” fights like an angry Barbie version of Evander Holyfield on acid. Showtime not only has a winner– but so does the boxing world.