It’s the ladies’s Tremendous Struggle of New York boxing, worthy of a packed home and essential occasion standing. Amanda Serrano and Heather “The Warmth” Hardy will meet on Friday, Sept. 13 within the Hulu Theater at Madison Sq. Backyard for Hardy’s WBO ladies’s featherweight title.
It should a part of the undercard supporting a essential occasion that can pit Devin Haney (22-0, 14 KOs) of Las Vegas towards Zaur Abdullaev (11-0, 7 KOs) of Russia in a light-weight title elimination bout. DAZN will stay stream the bouts.
Serrano versus Hardy is an all-Brooklyn showdown between two pals who’ve carried the banner for girls’s boxing in New York lately. Serrano (36-1-1, 27 KOs) has received titles in seven totally different weight divisions. She captured a junior bantamweight belt final January with a first-round knockout of Eva Voraberger and is seeking to reclaim the belt Hardy (22-0, four KOs) received final October with a win over Shelly Vincent. The battle is being billed as: One Borough, Two Champions, One Winner.
“I’m actually excited,” Serrano informed The Put up. “I do know it’s going to be a fantastic battle. I’m really grateful to her as a result of it’s been some time since I’ve fought for a belt. A lot of the champions have been dodging me. It’s going to be good to exit and battle a champion.”
The bout has been 5 years within the making, however was delayed as each determined to compete in combined martial arts in hopes of accelerating their publicity and prize cash. Hardy signed with Bellator and is 2-2 after shedding within the first-round at Bellator 222 final June. Serrano is 1-0-1 in MMA combating for Combate Americas. Each have put their MMA careers on maintain to focus on boxing once more.
“MMA is a completely totally different sport,” Serrano stated. “It’s a lot more durable than boxing. Going forwards and backwards was slightly arduous and irritating. I did it for the popularity and the pay. Now that I’ve received a DAZN contract, I’m specializing in boxing and being on a great platform. That’s what ladies actually need.”
Hardy, 37, and Serrano, 30, have each been sturdy, vocal proponents of ladies’s boxing, continually pushing for extra feminine fights to be televised. The networks are beginning to embrace the idea, with fighters similar to undisputed champions Claressa Shields and Katie Taylor of Eire beginning to achieve international attraction for his or her abilities. Hardy and Serrano combating on DAZN is one other step in that journey.
“It’s been irritating, however it’s getting higher,” Serrano stated. “You’re attending to see much more ladies on platforms like DAZN. It’s too dangerous it’s taking place so late in our careers, however so long as we will open doorways for others, that’s good, too.”
Serrano is hoping a win over Hardy will result in a battle with Taylor (14-0, 6 KOs), the undisputed ladies’s light-weight champion. However she’s not trying previous her fellow Brooklynite.
“I’m a single mother from Brooklyn, similar to her,” Serrano stated of Hardy. “Heather is a real champion and doesn’t surrender simply. Neither one among us needs to take a step again. We give it our all. There’s going to be no backing up from both of us.”
Anthony Joshua’s promoters stated his world heavyweight title rematch towards Andy Ruiz Jr. will happen in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, on Dec. 7.
The British fighter will probably be making an attempt to win again the IBF, WBA and WBO belts he misplaced to Ruiz on the Backyard on June 1.
Diriyah is a city on the outskirts of Riyadh, the Saudi Arabian capital.
— With AP