Amanda Serrano To Face Erika Cruz For Undisputed Featherweight Championship In February
Serrano could become the first undisputed Puerto Rican boxer.
Amanda Serrano has a shot at making history.
IBF, WBC and WBO champion Serrano will reportedly attempt to unify the women’s featherweight division and face WBA titlist Erika Cruz in a headliner at the Hulu Theater in New York on February 4. ESPN’s Mike Rothstein first reported the news.
An undisputed featherweight title fight between IBF, WBC and WBO featherweight titleholder @Serranosisters and WBA champion Erika Cruz is imminent, sources told @MikeRothstein.
The fight will headline a card on Feb. 4 at Hulu Theater in New York City. pic.twitter.com/UoyPkNxiqY
— ESPN Ringside (@ESPNRingside) December 28, 2022
A win for Serrano, who is the heavy favorite, would make her the first-ever undisputed champion from Puerto Rico in boxing’s four-belt era.
She is coming off of a win over Sarah Mahfoud, which helped her pick up her third belt – the IBF – and added it to her WBC and WBO straps that she already had. She won the WBO and WBC titles back in September 2019 over Heather Hardy by unanimous decision.
Serrano also attempted to hand Katie Taylor’s first ever loss in April in a bid for her undisputed lightweight title, but the Puerto Rican fell short in what was a controversial decision in favor of Taylor.
Cruz, meanwhile, is on a 14-fight winning streak. She upset Jelena Mrdjenovich in April 2021 to win the WBA belt. She then successfully defended it against Melissa Esquivel and then dominated Mrdjenovich again in a rematch.