Women’s boxing legend, Amanda Serrano, will fight Mexico’s WBA featherweight champion, Erika Cruz, for the undisputed title on February 4.
Despite being a seven-weight world champion this would be Serrano’s first undisputed title, after an unsuccessful attempt against Katie Taylor.
This would also represent Puerto Rico’s first undisputed female world champion, and therefore mark a historic day for a proud boxing nation.
Although Serrano lost her first fight in a decade this year, her stock has undoubtedly risen, after being involved in one of the fights of the year against Taylor.
Whilst a rematch against Taylor beckons, possibly even at Croke Park, an undisputed title bout in the interim represents a clear obstacle to the fight and many fans will be hoping Serrano comes out on top, for the sake of Taylor-Serrano II.
The woman trying to spoil the Taylor-Serrano party, is Erika Cruz, a 32-year-old southpaw who has won her last fourteen fights.
Cruz defeated Canada’s former two-weight world champion, Jelena Mrdjenovich, back in April 2021 to win the world title and has since made two successful defences, including a unanimous 100-90 shutout in the rematch against Mrdjenovich.
Meanwhile, Serrano bounced back from defeat in April, to win her third featherweight title, defeating IBF champion Sarah Mahfoud on the undercard of Joe Joyce’s fight with Joseph Parker in Manchester.
Many fans will see this as a ‘tune-up’ fight for Serrano, as she seeks revenge against Taylor in rematch, however Cruz could prove to be a real banana skin opponent.