Amanda Serrano dominated her rematch with Heather Hardy tonight on the Paul vs Diaz PPV undercard, winning a clear decision over 10 rounds of one-sided but spirited action.
Scores were 99-91, 100-90, and 100-90. Bad Left Hook unofficially had the fight 100-90 for Serrano.
The win means that Serrano (45-2-1, 30 KO) retains her undisputed featherweight championship
Serrano came out of the gates fairly quickly here, looking to land hard shots on Hardy (24-3, 4 KO) from the get-go, and it seemed early as if she might really press for a stoppage. But when she didn’t get it in round one — which would have been a headline — that aggression faded somewhat.
She still landed a lot of good, clean shots, but never pressed as much as she could have, and in a mid-round interview from ringside, Serrano’s trainer said he wasn’t instructing his fighter to go for the knockout.
The fight played like spirited sparring in some respects, as it’s well-known and was even the promotional focus that the two are good friends, and that Serrano was gifting Hardy this rematch in order to get Heather a six-figure payday. This is not to say that Hardy did not try her best to win, because she did, but it was a mismatch at this point, even more than in 2019 when Serrano comfortably beat Hardy.
“She’s as tough as they come, she never gives up,” Serrano said of Hardy. “Heather’s a hell of a fighter. She’s as tough as they come, we knew that. I love Heather.”
“I gave everything I had today,” Hardy said. “I gave everything for three months. Everything. I have no excuses. That was everything.”
Serrano basically declined to answer a question about whether or not she would like to fight undisputed junior lightweight champion Alycia Baumgardner, who was ringside calling the bout for DAZN. Recently, Serrano “promised” her fans a rematch with Katie Taylor, but that wouldn’t come until the spring of 2024 at the earliest, with Taylor facing Chantelle Cameron again on Nov. 25.
Serrano vs Hardy 2 highlights
AMANDA SERRANO AND HEATHER HARDY GOING AT IT EARLY ON— DAZN Boxing (@DAZNBoxing) August 6, 2023
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