Amanda Serrano-Sarah Mahfoud Unification Bout on September 24 In Manchester
Amanda Serrano has long sought to transform Puerto Rico’s first-ever undisputed champion.
The body of workers surrounding the record-setting seven-division titlist has taken a very important step with the intention to upload to her already historical profession.
BoxingScene.com has confirmed that plans are in place for Serrano (42-2-1, 30KOs) to next face Denmark’s Sarah Mahfoud in a multi-belt featherweight title unification battle. Serrano’s WBC/WBO/IBO titles and Mahfoud’s IBF belt will probably be at stake throughout the co-feature to the Joe Joyce-Joseph Parker heavyweight battle set for September 24 on BT Sport Box Workplace from AO Area in Manchester.
Event promoter Frank Warren’s Queensberry Promotions offered the fight on Tuesday.
“I am thrilled to welcome a modern boxing icon in Amanda Serrano onto our huge September 24 card with 4 world title belts on the line,” Warren discussed. “The stakes are obviously very top, which matches in successfully with the primary fit between Joe Joyce and Joseph Parker fighting for the correct to take on the winner out of Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua. I am taking a look forward to seeing Amanda fight particularly particular person once all over again after being supply for her fight in Cleveland and what she has achieved in boxing is slightly exceptional. She is bidding to transform a four-belt world champion at featherweight against an unbeaten champion in Sarah Mahfoud, which makes it an excellent attraction with the intention to upload to our BT Sport Box Workplace fit at the AO Area in Manchester.
“We sit up for operating with Jake Paul and Most Treasured Promotions all over again as Jake has cultivated an implausible following and is drawing them into the sport of boxing. When I was over in Cleveland with Daniel and Tommy you couldn’t fail to be impressed by the use of the fervour and fervour of the objective marketplace, who’ve been in their seats and gripped from the start of the show during to the primary fit.”
There is also one closing hurdle to clear for the fight to move forward, even if expected to be instantly resolved.
Brooklyn’s Serrano remains on the hook to honor a WBO important title coverage versus duration in-between titlist Brenda Carabajal (18-5-1, 9KOs). The bout was once as soon as on account of serve as the co-main fit of an August 6 Showtime Pay-In step with-View fit from Madison Sq. Garden in New York The town. All the show was once as soon as canceled one week prior on account of a very important dispute over the whole shriveled weight for the proposed Jake Paul-Hasim Rahman Jr. battle throughout the show’s headlining act.
Paul’s Most Treasured Promotions offered that the non-televised undercard fighters can also be compensated 50% of their shriveled purse with out a want to come to a decision to their agreed upon fight on a longer term show. Serrano-Carabajal was once as soon as quite a lot of the three bouts that MVP sought to reschedule, with the Brandun Lee-Will Madera 143-pound battle landing on this weekend’s Showtime quadrupleheader from Hollywood, Florida.
A reputation unification bout between Serrano and Mahfoud (11-0, 3KOs) is a a lot more attractive chance than a Serrano-Carabajal title consolidation fight. However, the latter was once as soon as a required determination by the use of Serrano to retain her WBO title that she was once as soon as on the subject of confused to relinquish following her April 30 lower up solution defeat to undisputed lightweight champion Katie Taylor in their historical superfight at MSG.
WBO rules stipulate that any reigning titleholder who is unsuccessful in a reputation fight outdoor of his or her reign is subject to being stripped of discussed title. An exception to the rule of thumb is relating to designated WBO “Super Champions”, a status that Serrano has long held through her years representing the sanctioning body in a lot of weight divisions.
A Would most likely 18 ruling landed in need of allowing Serrano to retain her title. However, it were given right here 5 days after Carabajal claimed a ten-round solution over Debora Anahi Dionicuis in their Would most likely 13 duration in-between WBO featherweight title fight.
The expectation is for the fight to move forward and for the WBO to assign the winner to next face Carabajal.
Mahfoud is free and clear of any prison accountability. The 32-year-old Danish boxer outpointed Carabala in a February 2020 duration in-between IBF featherweight title fight, receiving an strengthen to finish titlist later that June. One successful coverage has followed, a ten-round solution over Nina Meinke on April 21 in Copenhagen.
“That is a superb choice for me to fight for 4 world title belts against one of the greatest stars throughout the sport of boxing,” well-known Mahfoud. “It will be an enjoy like no other to win 3 further belts in England and then take they all area to Denmark.
“It will be my first fight outdoor of Denmark and I will be able to’t think of a better place to completely introduce myself and my ability to the wider world than beating Amanda Serrano in Manchester. I wish to send my appreciation to everybody involved for making this happen.”
Serrano will enter her first true unification bout even while in this day and age serving as a unified titlist. The Boricua southpaw—who turns 34 in October—regained the WBO featherweight title in a ten-round win over then-unbeaten titleholder Heather Hardy in September 2019.
The fight moreover were given right here with the duration in-between WBC title at stake, which Serrano upgraded once reigning unified WBC/WBA titlist Jelena Mrdjenovic was once as soon as deemed no longer ready to proceed with the ordered title consolidation battle on account of the passing of longtime teacher and mentor Milan Lubovac.
Serrano added the vacant IBO title and defended her WBC/WBO titles in a ninth-round knockout of Daniela Bermudez final March in Old-fashioned San Juan. 5 months later were given right here her most recent title coverage, a ten-round solution over WBC junior featherweight titlist Yamileth Mercado who moved up for their bout final August 29 in Cleveland.
“I am so excited over the potential for fighting in the UK,” discussed Serrano. “It is been on my to-do tick list for a long time, with the incredible fans who really get at the back of the sport, along with the huge expansion in ladies’s boxing. To be fighting throughout the greatest area on a big heavyweight night time time will make it a very good example to win a fourth world championship belt at featherweight.”
“I wish to thank Frank Warren and Queensberry, at the side of Jake Paul and MVP, for making this possible for me and I promise the UK fans may not be dissatisfied.”
Two fights have since followed at lightweight for Serrano since her final title coverage—a dominant ten-round win over former title challenger Miriam Gutierrez and her narrow and disputed defeat to Taylor on April 30 in what remains the principle candidate for 2022 Battle of the 365 days. Talks swirled of a conceivable rematch given the unbelievable movement throughout the ring and the economic good fortune surrounding the blockbuster fit. It under no circumstances were given right here to head, on the other hand, as every will go their separate tactics for the immediate.
Serrano will fight for the main time in England and second general in Europe. Her lone other commute in another country resulted in her previous defeat, a ten-round solution in a competitive bid with then-unbeaten WBC junior lightweight titlist Frida Wallberg in April 2012. A ten-year, 28-fight unbeaten streak followed, with Serrano—who previously held the IBF 130-pound title—going on to win titles in six further weight divisions, shattering the best-ever mark for any female along with any Puerto Rican boxer, regardless of gender.
Tuesday’s announcement lets in her to move one belt closer to turning into the island’s first undisputed champion throughout the three- or four-belt generation. The dep.’s lone other titlist is WBA champ Erika Cruz, who will next face Mrdjenovich in a soon-to-be-announced September 3 rematch.