(JAN 30) Amanda (The Real Deal)
Serrano, 128, Bronx, now 8-0-1 with 4 kayos, avenged the only
blemish on her record with a 6 round unanimous decision victory
over Ela (Bam Bam) Nunez, 130, Rochester, who drops to 9-8-1
with 2 kayos. The two drew over four rounds in Atlantic City
Both fighters boxed cautiously in the first round with Serrano,
a southpaw, getting the better of the action scoring well with
the jab and an occasional straight left. In both the second and
third rounds, Nunez, typically a swarmer, elected to fight at
long range mostly forgoing lateral movement relying instead on
in and out movement. When Nunez moved to the left, she did so at
long range to avoid Serrano’s hook. It was apparent that Nunez
was sitting at long-range in hopes that Serrano would
aggressively reach with punches opening up countering
Serrano was too fundamentally
schooled to make that mistake, but while struggling with her
range, she was too reserved with her punch production allowing
Nunez to take command. Nunez landed several overhand rights to
the body and head in the process. Rounds two and three belonged
to Ela Nunez.
Round four began in similar fashion as the previous two with
Nunez employing in and out movement attempting to draw Serrano
into counters. This tactic waned in effectiveness as Serrano
found a comfortable range and began landing combinations to the
head and body of Nunez causing numerous big exchanges during the
remainder of the round with Serrano landing the more telling
Amanda closed the round strong cementing her claim to it.
Ela Nunez changed strategy in the fifth round by exchanging on
the inside with Serrano, but had difficulty moving laterally due
Serrano apparent improved ability in cutting such movement off.
Nunez scored with the overhand right sporadically and seldom
threw in combinations of more than two punches whereas Serrano
put together compact four and five punch combinations. Serrano’s
punch quality appeared to take some steam out of Nunez who was
visibly fatigued after the fifth round.
The sixth and final round could have been fought in a phone
booth, if there are any of those left, with both fighters
exchanging punches at close quarters.
The 22-year old from the Bronx
dominated the action landing the crisper and cleaner shots, but
the veteran from Rochester fought valiantly making for great
action. Long before the final bell, the capacity crowd rose to
their feet and applauded the efforts of both fighters.
In the end, Judges Don Ackerman and Wynn Kintz both agreed 59-55
and Judge Tom Schreck score 58-56 all in favor of Amanda
Serrano. This author also favored Serrano 58-56.
Amanda Serrano, with the win, has avenged the lone blemish on
her record and has moved to another level, not only in the
hierarchy of the featherweight division, but also in her
evolution into a complete fighter. She displayed an improved
ability to deal with lateral movement and showed flashes of
long-range boxing ability. She also has a knack for stealing
rounds with a heavy workload in the last 30 seconds.
Ela Nunez, who fights
championship level competition each outing, still displays
exceptional ability and owns a very deceiving record.