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5'5" featherweight Amanda Serrano was born on October 9, 1988 in  Puerto Rico but was raised in Brooklyn, NY.  Amanda's entry into the world of boxing was unusual in that her older sister Cindy is also a professional boxer, and Amanda fell in love with the sport by watching Cindy fight.  "I knew what boxing demanded early on,” Amanda told Michael Rivest of timesunion.com, "and when I was about 12, I told Jordan (Maldonado), Cindy’s trainer, that I wanted to box, too, since I was in the gym all the time anyway."

At first, Cindy and her trainer Jordan Maldonado tried to dissuade Amanda from following in Cindy's footsteps, and arranged for Amanda to spar with a boy who would go all out. Amanda reportedly left her first boxing experience crying but she kept coming back to the gym for more.  “Cindy and I decided that the best way to handle it would be for her to take Amanda into the ring herself, just one time to – you know – ‘discourage’ her,” Maldonado said. "Boxing is brutal. We didn’t want her to do it and besides, as a trainer, I don’t have time to take on a fighter who’d only waste my time and quit when it gets tough. It’s not for everybody. But it was the strangest thing. I saw Amanda holding her own against her, so I said to Cindy, ‘Stop going easy on her.’ She looked at me and said, dead serious now, ‘I’m not.’"

Amanda Serrano was hooked on boxing, and began fighting competitively as an amateur. 

In 2008, she won the Staten Island amateur championship and fought in the 81st New York Daily News Golden Gloves.  On March 28, 2008 she dispensed enough punches to cause two standing eight-counts on Glenyss Puentevella (Team Free Form) in the 125-pound semifinal, and the bout was stopped at 1:07 of the third round.  On April 18, 2008 in the 125-lb final at Madison Square Garden, Amanda spent a lot of the fight locked up close with 5'8" Jody-Ann Weller (New York Boxing Gym) while they traded uppercuts, but whenever Serrano got a little space, she popped Weller with lefts and rights for the win.

Amanda Serrano made her pro debut on March 20, 2009 at the Washington Avenue Armory in Albany, New York.  She weighed in at 127 lbs and won a four-round majority (40-36,39-37,39-39) decision over fellow pro debuter Jackie (Jaci) Trivilino (5'4", 126 lbs) of Plattsburgh, New York. A review in pugnaciouspromotions.com wrote that "In the fight of the night, pro debuters Jackie Trivilino and Amanda Serrano had fans on their feet after four rounds of non-stop punching that (Serrano) took in a unanimous decision.  Both girls showed tremendous heart, determination and boxing ability." 

On May 9, 2009 at the Doubletree Hotel in Orlando, Florida, Amanda (125 lbs) knocked out Brittany Cruz (124 lbs) of Thornton, Colorado at 2:43 in the first round of a scheduled four-rounder, dropping Cruz's pro record to 3-2 (1 KO).  (Cruz is from another boxing family, with former WIBA and IFBA champion Terri Lynn Cruz being her aunt.)

On June 29, 2009 at Coliseo Carlos 'Teo' Cruz in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Amanda (126 lbs)  TKO'd Carpolna Martinez (5'2", 124 lbs) of Santo Domingo in the first round of a scheduled four-rounder. Martinez fell to 3-9-2 (1 KO).

On July 31, 2009 at Resorts Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Amanda (126 lbs) TKO'd Christina Ruiz (126 lbs) of San Antonio, Texas in the second round of a scheduled four-rounder. Serrano dropped Ruiz twice in the opening round, first with a right hook, and then with a straight left, before finishing her with a three-punch combo in round two. Ruiz fell to 1-1 (1 KO) with the loss.

On November 20, 2009 at the Taj Mahal Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Amanda (128 lbs) fought to a four-round split  (39-37,37-39,38-38) draw with Ela Nunez (132 lbs) of Jamestown, New York.  Nunez, who has fought such top flight opponents as Melissa Hernandez, Rhonda Luna, Lindsay Garbatt, Missy Fiorentino and Kina Malpartida, moved her pro record to 9-5-1 (2 KO's). Serrano had taken the fight at one week's notice.  

Amanda was named WBAN Rookie of the Year for 2009 in our annual end-of-year awards, with the citation "Not only did Amanda Serrano fight five times in 2009 as a rookie, but she took on significant competition.  In her last fight in 2009, she took on a very tough opponent Ela Nunez (the boxer who stopped the now world champion Kina Malpartida in 2007).  Serrano had a four-round draw against Nunez.  Serrano also moved around to outside venues to fight some of her opponents, including traveling to the Dominican Republic for one of her fights."

On February 26, 2010 at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino, Verona, New York, Amanda (126 lbs) won a six-round unanimous (58-56,58-56,59-54) decision over Lucia Larcinese (127 lbs) of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, who fell to 4-5 (0 KO's).  Larcinese started slowly and Serrano won the early rounds but Larcinese showed ring management and finished stronger as Serrano appeared to tire. Larcinese's ability to slip to the side frustrated Serrano: "Amanda spent too much time chasing her around the ring instead of cutting her off,” Maldonado told Michael Rivest after the fight. “She’ll never make that mistake again.”

Nydia Feliciano vs Amanda SerranoOn June 4, 2010 at the Tropicana Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Amanda Serrano (124 lbs) won a six-round unanimous (60-54,60-54,59-55) decision over undefeated Nydia Feliciano (122 lbs) of the Bronx, New York.  Serrano won every round on two judges' scorecards using effective combinations to the body of Feliciano followed by powerful shots to the head. The two female fighters drew a standing ovation at the end of their exciting bout. “She came to fight, Feliciano did,” said  trainer Jordan Maldonado. “She took a beating and kept on fighting.”  Feliciano fell to 2-1-2 (0 KO's) with her first pro loss. 

On September 18, 2010 at Coliseo Carlos 'Teo' Cruz in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic Amanda Serrano (126 lbs) won by TKO when Jennifer Encarnacion (124 lbs) of the Dominican Republic retired at the end of the fourth round of punishment in a scheduled six-rounder. Encarnacion, who has not fought outside the Dominican Republic and Haiti, fell to 2-5-0 (1 KO).

Amanda Serrano vs Ela Nunez10On January 29, 2011 at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York, Amanda Serrano (128 lbs), this time with a full training camp behind her, won a clear six-round unanimous (59-55,59-55,59-55) decision in a rematch with Ela Nunez (130 lbs) of Jamestown, New York. Correspondent Mark Jones told WBAN that "Both fighters boxed cautiously in the first round with Serrano, a southpaw, getting the better of the action scoring well with the jab and an occasional straight left. In both the second and third rounds, Nunez, typically a swarmer, elected to fight at long range mostly forgoing lateral movement relying instead on in and out movement. When Nunez moved to the left, she did so at long range to avoid Serrano’s hook. It was apparent that Nunez was sitting at long-range in hopes that Serrano would aggressively reach with punches opening up countering possibilities.  Serrano was too fundamentally schooled to make that mistake, but while struggling with her range, she was too reserved with her punch production allowing Nunez to take command. Nunez landed several overhand rights to the body and head in the process. Rounds two and three belonged to Ela Nunez. Round four began in similar fashion as the previous two with Nunez employing in and out movement attempting to draw Serrano into counters. This tactic waned in effectiveness as Serrano found a comfortable range and began landing combinations to the head and body of Nunez causing numerous big exchanges during the remainder of the round with Serrano landing the more telling blows. Amanda closed the round strong cementing her claim to it. Ela Nunez changed strategy in the fifth round by exchanging on the inside with Serrano, but had difficulty moving laterally due Serrano apparent improved ability in cutting such movement off. Nunez scored with the overhand right sporadically and seldom threw in combinations of more than two punches whereas Serrano put together compact four and five punch combinations. Serrano’s punch quality appeared to take some steam out of Nunez who was visibly fatigued after the fifth round.  The sixth and final round could have been fought in a phone booth, if there are any of those left, with both fighters exchanging punches at close quarters. (Serrano) dominated the action landing the crisper and cleaner shots, but (Nunez) fought valiantly making for great action. Long before the final bell, the capacity crowd rose to their feet and applauded the efforts of both fighters."  Nunez fell to 9-8-1 (2 KO's).

On April 22, 2011 at the Fairgrounds Event Center in Hamburg, New York, Amanda (128 lbs) TKO'd Ela Nunez (130 lbs) at 1:30 in the fourth round of a scheduled six-rounder.  Mark Jones reported for WBAN: "Serrano started fast at the opening bell, with a two-fisted body attack, taking the fight to Nunez who was relegated to sitting in front of her foe when her escape route to her left was cut-off by Serrano’s ever improving lateral movement and overall ring generalship. 
Nunez absorbed numerous combinations to the body and straight lefts to the head from Serrano and slowed down noticeably during the first round.  The second round witnessed Serrano maneuver Nunez into the ropes initiating each combination to the body and ending with hard punches to the head. Nunez, still unable to move to her left, was forced into several Serrano straight lefts as Nunez moved to her right into Serrano’s power. Nunez faded badly in the third round as Serrano’s relentless body attack severely weakened her. As the third round ended, Nunez was trapped on the ropes and near defenseless. Serrano, sensing the possibility of a stoppage victory, increased the tempo in the fourth round causing the assigned referee to stop the contest with 30 seconds left in the round when Nunez failed to answer a volley of cleanly landed punches and appeared defenseless against the ropes. Serrano appeared jubilant after her impressive victory, but displayed proper respect for her battered foe." 
 Nunez, who had never been stopped before, fell to 9-9-1 (2 KO's).

On June 11, 2011 at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City, Amanda Serrano (125 lbs) TKO'd Jennifer Scott (124 lbs) of Warren, Ohio, USA at 1:04 in the first round of a scheduled eight-tounder.  Scott fell to 2-4 (2 KO's) with the loss.  

On August 6, 2011 at Parque del Este in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Amanda Serrano (126 lbs) TKO'd Diana Garcia (126 lbs) of the Dominican Republic in the second round of a scheduled eight-rounder. Garcia fell to 12-15 (3 JO's) with the loss. 

On September 10, 2011 at the Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn, New York, Amanda (128 lbs) won the vacant IBF Junior Lightweight title with a TKO at 1:45 of the second round over Kimberley Connor (127 lbs) of Little Rock, Arkansas. Connor fell to her knees after several powerful combinations midway through the second round. Connor got back up but she was in trouble and referee Benji Estevez saved her from further punishment by calling the TKO.Connor fell to 9-2-2 (4 KO's) with the loss.

On November 11, 2011 at Hotel Jaragua in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Amanda (129 lbs) won by a fifth-round TKO over Grecia Nova (130 lbs) of San Juan, Dominican Republic, who fell to 8-15-4 (2 KO's) with the loss.

On February 17, 2012 at Cicero Stadium in Cicero, IL, USA, Amanda (128 lbs) won an eight-round unanimous (78-74,78-74,77-75) decision over Ela Nunez (125 lbs) in a non-title fight. This was a tough toe to toe battle that left both boxers with swollen faces. Nunez fell to 11-13-2 (3 KO's). 

On April 27, 2012  at the Cloetta Center in Linkoping, Sweden, Frida Wallberg (129 lbs) of Sweden retained the WBC Junior Lightweight title with a ten-round unanimous (98-93,97-93,96-94) decision over Amanda Serrano (129 lbs). Serrano fought aggressively and took the action to Wallberg for the whole ten rounds, but still came up on the short end of the decision on the scorecards.  Wallberg advanced to 11-0-0 (2 KO's)  while Serrano suffered her first pro loss and dropped to 14-1-1 (9 KO's). [Video]

“I gave it my all,said Serrano of the Wallberg fight. “I know I landed some good shots in the fight and I’m not ashamed of my performance. Frida Wallberg is a great fighter and I take nothing away from her victory. I’m going to bounce back from this bump in the road and work my way back to the top. I want to thank all my fans who’ve been there for me and I promise I’ll be back.” 
 

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