On October 27, Amanda Serrano (45-2-1, 30 KOs) and Danila Ramos (12-2, 1 KO) will take part in something not commonly seen in women’s boxing: A 12-round world title fight with three minute rounds. The bout will headline an event at the Caribe Royal Orlando in Florida, USA. DAZN will broadcast the event around the world (excluding Australia and New Zealand). The world title clash will follow the latest edition of a Most Valuable Prospects showcase.
The fight has the backing of the Florida Athletic Commission under whose auspices the bout is taking place. Serrano will be putting her IBF, WBA and WBO featherweight titles on the line against Ramos. Despite being the undisputed champion at 126, this particular bout will not have the WBC belt at stake. This is due to a belief (which is not based on empirical medical fact) that the 12×3 format poses various health risks to women. Regardless of the WBC’s stance, the fight will still proceed.
Ahead of the upcoming clash, Serrano spoke with Big Fight Weekend’s own Dan Rafael. In the interview, she discusses what it means to take part in such a bout, the role Most Valuable Promotions (MVP) has played in her career, wanting a rematch with Katie Taylor and more. Click below for the full interview with Serrano on the latest “Fight Freaks Unite” podcast:
Serrano interview excerpts
Below is a preview of some of the things Serrano spoke about with Rafael.
“I’ve done pretty much everything I’ve wanted to do in my career in boxing, undisputed champion, seven-division world champion, and now it’s time to set the standard for women and the future of the sport of women’s boxing,” said Serrano.
“Honestly, it wasn’t. It took two seconds,” said Serrano when asked if it was difficult to get Ramos to agree to the format. “It was very fast to get her and her team to agree to it because a lot of the women now, they’re willing to do it and I guess it’s just to show that we’re here. We want to prove that we’re serious in this sport and we do the same thing.”
“I respect their [the WBC’s] decision. It’s been their decision for a long time. My job is to go out there and perform and show that we are capable of doing it and maybe one day in the future they will change their mind.”
“I think it [linking with MVP] was the best decision I ever made in my career. I’ve been a world champion, a unified champion for so many years, but it took Nakisa [Bidarian] and Jake Paul of MVP to shine that spotlight on me and to showcase, not just me but women’s boxing, that we’re here. We go out there and give it our all and because of them I’ve made lots of money. I’ve been treated very well. I’ve been getting amazing sponsorships which I’ve never gotten before.
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