It’s been more than two years since Amanda Serrano moved into a tie for second place for the most knockouts among all women in boxing history.
The sense is that the all-time mark is still very much in reach, perhaps with more time on the clock to take her next fight out of the judges’ hands.
Serrano’s upcoming title consolidation bout versus interim WBO featherweight titlist Danila Ramos will take place over twelve, three-minute rounds atop a DAZN show this Friday from Caribe Royale in Orlando, Florida. The scheduled 36-minute bout breaks the trend of the traditional ten, two-minute mark that normally comes with women’s championship bout.
“I don’t know if I’ll need all 12 rounds but the three minutes will definitely help,” Serrano told BoxingScene.com of her desire to end the night inside the distance.
Serrano (45-2-1, 30KOs) has gone the distance in each of her past six fights after tying Hall of Fame legend Christy Martin for second on the all-time knockout list. A ninth-round stoppage of former three-division champ Daniela Bermudez in their March 2021 pound-for-pound matchup in Old San Juan saw Serrano earn her 30th career knockout, just two shy of Zulina Munoz’s 32 wins inside the distance.
The Puerto Rican southpaw—who turned 35 earlier this month—is 5-1 since that night, going ten rounds on each occasion. The lone defeat came in a narrow split decision to then-unbeaten and still current undisputed lightweight champion Katie Taylor (22-1, 6KOs) in their unforgettable classic last April 30 in New York City.
The bout was Serrano’s second straight at lightweight and since returned to featherweight. She dethroned unbeaten IBF titlist Sarah Mahfoud and WBA champ Erika Cruz in back-to-back fights to complete her undisputed run, with all the belts put on the line in her August 5 repeat win over Heather Hardy in Dallas, Texas.
It was known going in that Serrano would have to next face Ramos (12-2, 1KO), a Brazilian boxer based in Argentina who dethroned interim WBO featherweight titlist Brenda Karen Carabajal earlier this year. While there existed more lucrative opportunities, Serrano made the conscious decision to turn a routine mandatory title defense into another significant entry in her already historic career.
Her hope come fight night is that it puts her one knockout closer to attaching her name to yet another world record.
“That is definitely one of my goals,” admitted Serrano. “I also want to show that with the three minutes, we maintain that same entertainment and excitement.
“I have to maintain my punch output and ferociousness, knowing I’m fighting three-minute rounds instead of being explosive for two minutes. I respect Danila Ramos, she’s a tough Latina and a worthy challenger. But as long as I do all of those things, I believe the three minutes in each round will make a difference.”