Amanda Serrano made history last night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, becoming both the first five-division champion in Puerto Rican boxing history, and the first five-division champion in women’s boxing history.
Serrano (32-1-1, 24 KO) dominated the action against Dahiana Santana (35-9, 14 KO), leading to referee Benjy Esteves stopping the fight at 1:14 of the eighth round, with Santana still on her feet.
The win netted Serrano the WBO bantamweight title, as she’s taken a difficult and unique path to her five belts:
- IBF super featherweight (130 lbs) title, 2011
- WBO lightweight (135 lbs) title, 2014
- WBO featherweight (126 lbs) title, 2016
- WBO super bantamweight (122 lbs) title, 2016
- WBO bantamweight (118 lbs) title, 2017
“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.”