Amanda Serrano to Unify with IBF Champ Sarah Mahfoud!
When one door closes, one other door opens. Relating to followers of boxing, this phrase at present applies to reigning ladies’s WBC/WBO featherweight champ Amanda Serrano (42-2-1, 30 KOs). A direct rematch with undisputed champion Katie Taylor is definitively off the desk. Nonetheless, the trail to a featherweight unification contest with Sarah Mahfoud (11-0, 3KOs) has appeared.
Serrano took to social media to announce her subsequent combat, which might be on September 24 in opposition to present IBF titlist Sarah Mahfoud. The bout will occur on the AO Enviornment in Manchester, England, on the undercard of the Joe Joyce – Joseph Parker heavyweight conflict. As a part of her announcement, Serrano expressed her pleasure about returning to the ring.
Serrano initially was to face WBO interim champ and necessary challenger Brenda Carabajal on August 6. The venue could be Madison Sq. Backyard on the undercard of Jake Paul – Hasim Rahman Jr. However the card was scratched as a result of contract points between Paul and Rahman.
HECK OF A MAKE-UP FIGHT
As an alternative, the unified champion might be concerned in a unification bout in opposition to Mahfoud, a extra vital contest. For Serrano, it’s her first combat at featherweight since a ten-round win over former 122-pound champ Yamelith Mercado in August of 2021.
Mahfoud welcomes this chance with open arms. She gained the IBF Interim title with a unanimous choice victory over Carbajal in February 2020. She was elevated to full champion later that yr. Her final outing was the primary protection of the title – a unanimous choice win over Nina Meinke in April 2022.
For Serrano, she’s seeking to win and use this bout as a springboard to a rematch with undisputed ladies’s light-weight champ Katie Taylor in early 2023. Mahfoud is seeking to steal the present and rating what most specialists would view as a serious upset.
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By: Michael Wilson Jr.