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Amanda Serrano Becomes First Woman To Win World Titles In Five Weight Divisions

Amanda Serrano Becomes First Woman To Win World Titles In Five Weight Divisions

Amanda Serrano Makes History On SHOWTIME EXTREME® As First Female & Puerto Rican Five-Division Champion

BROOKLYN (April 23, 2017) – Amanda Serrano became the first women and the first Puerto Rican to win world titles in five weight divisions with an eighth-round TKO of Dahiana Santana to capture the vacant WBO Women’s Bantamweight World Championship in the featured bout of SHOWTIME BOXING on SHO EXTREME.

Serrano (32-1-1, 24 KOs) was the aggressor from the opening bell, moving forward and attacking with precision as Santana (35-9, 14 KOs) backed up and ate a steady diet of counter shots.  Santana was deducted a point for clinching in the fourth and had visible welts above both eyes following the seventh.
Serrano was connecting at an almost 3-1 power punch ratio when referee Benjy Esteves stepped in to stop the bout at 1:14 of the eighth round.
“It means everything to me.  We worked so hard.  We worked hard for this moment,” Serrano said.  “To be a five-division world champion is amazing.  To be the first female and first Puerto Rican is amazing.
“I’m so proud to be a Puerto Rican.  I’m so proud to be a SHOWTIME fighter.  I’m just so happy for this moment.  Just to be a five-division world champion, I could retire today and it’d be the happiest moment of my life.  I’m just getting started.  I hope I’m back again.”

Saturday’s event was promoted by DiBella Entertainment.
The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast will re-air on Monday, April 24 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME EXTREME.  Saturday’s SHOWTIME BOXING on SHO EXTREME telecast will replay on Tuesday, April 25 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME EXTREME.  Both telecasts will be available on SHOWTIME ON DEMAND® and SHOWTIME ANYTIME®.

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