Avila Perspective, Chap. 259: Amanda Serrano, Tyson Fury and More


By David A. Avila

Remember the day.

This Friday, one of the greatest fighters of all time is poised to make even more history.

Amanda “The Real Deal” Serrano (45-2-1, 30 KOs) meets Danila Ramos (12-2) in defense of the unified featherweight world titles on Friday, Oct. 27, at Orlando, Florida. DAZN will stream the Most Valuable Promotions card.

More importantly, the match will be 12 three-minute rounds.

It’s a clarion call to all female fighters and to the boxing world that women prizefighters can no longer be dictated how many rounds they can fight and be subjugated to 2-minute frames. Serrano wants equal rounds and rules with the men.

Already the repercussions are being felt around the world.

Several weeks ago, Serrano issued a statement worldwide that included the backing of more than two dozen of the best female fighters in the world including Mikaela Mayer, Chantelle Cameron and Natasha Jonas. All support Serrano’s declaration for women’s rights to fight three-minute rounds and 12-round championship bouts.

This week two different women, Maricela Cornejo and Kallia “Pink Tyson” Kourouni, have changed their separate bouts to three-minute frames.

It’s been a long time coming.

The last female fighter to participate in a 12 three-minute round championship fight was Layla McCarter in 2007. Twice she fought in Las Vegas under those terms. Both times she won by knockout. McCarter was not surprised it took so long for someone else to step up.

“I did think it would take a long time for someone like Amanda to demand 12 three-minute rounds because of the extraordinary opposition by powerful people in boxing,” explained McCarter.

One of those opposing 12 three-minute round fights has been the WBC sanctioning organization. Thus, Serrano will not be paying the WBC any sanctioning fees. Long has the Mexico City-based organization forbade three-minute rounds, let alone 12 rounds for female title fights. Their explanation has been for safety reasons. Yet, a woman boxer did die fighting under the two-minute round format.

Boxing has always been a deadly sport regardless of the amount of minutes.

It’s a choice that every fighter makes when they enter the prize ring.

For many years some fans refused to watch women boxing because of the short format and the lack of knockouts. Not that Serrano needs another minute to win by knockout, she already has 30 knockouts. No other woman in history can claim that.

“I’m not doing it for more KOs, I already have 30,” said Serrano. “But it would absolutely make a difference in some of my fights including my fight with Katie Taylor.”

The Puerto Rican fighter with seven division world titles also is making more than $1 million per fight. Only a few women in boxing history can make that claim that includes Katie Taylor.

“I think Serrano put herself to be in position as the best American fighter and to be the best female fighter with her activity by fighting the best,” said renowned boxing commentator Jim Lampley when posed the question.

“I love being a trendsetter,” Serrano said.

Can Brazil’s Ramos beat Serrano, let alone hear the final bell?

Serrano recently signed a female fighter Krystal Rosado-Ortiz (1-0) who will also be on the fight card opposing Kata Pap (1-0) in a four-round super flyweight bout. The rest of the fight card features numerous undefeated male fighters opposing each other. It’s a pretty good card.

Tyson Fury vs MMA

Once again, an MMA fighter dares challenge a boxer as heavyweight champion Tyson Fury meets UFC’s Francis Ngannou in a boxing match set for 12 rounds on Saturday Oct. 28, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Co-promoted by Top Rank, the card will be streamed on ESPN+ pay-per-view at 11 a.m. PT/ 2 p.m.ET.

“He’s going to be a real challenge. It’s something different for me. I’m used to boxing boxers and boxing the head off of somebody,” said Fury regarding Ngannou. “But fighting an MMA guy who comes in with a different style is going to be different.”

Nhannou is excited about fighting a boxer.

“I have been dreaming of becoming a boxer since I was a kid. And today, I’m not just going to box; I’m going to box the guy at the peak of the mountain,” said Ngannou who has been fighting for UFC since 2015.

Title Fight in Cancun

WBC super featherweight titlist O’Shaquie Foster (20-2, 11 KOs) makes his first defense of the title against Mexico’s hard-hitting Eduardo “Rocky” Hernandez (34-1, 31 KOs) on Saturday, Oct. 28, in Cancun, Mexico. The Matchroom Boxing card will be streamed by DAZN.

Foster defeated Rey Vargas the two-division world titlist last February in Texas. It was Vargas’ first defeat ever.

Thursday in Costa Mesa, Calif.

Super lightweights Ricardo Robledo (8-0) and Jose Angulo (15-6) battle tonight at the OC Hangar in Costa Mesa. FITE.TV will stream the Roy Englebrecht Events card live.

The card also features two female bouts including middleweight Jesikah Guerra versus Brianna Jimenez. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Fights to Watch (all times Pacific Time)

Thurs. FITE.TV 7 p.m. Ricardo Robledo (8-0) vs Jose Angulo (15-6).

Fri. DAZN 5 p.m. Amanda Serrano (45-2-1) vs Danila Ramos (12-2); Antonio Vargas (16-1) vs Hernan Marquez (47-10-2);

Sat. ESPN ppv 11 a.m. Tyson Fury vs Francis Ngannou.

Sat. DAZN 6 p.m. O’Shaquie Foster (20-2) vs Eduardo Hernandez (34-1).