Amanda Serrano takes a stand, relinquishes WBC title over round duration dispute

Posted : 05 December 2023

Featherweight world champion Amanda Serrano has relinquished her WBC title in protest after the organization declined to approve 12 three-minute round contests. Despite successfully defending her WBA, WBO, and IBF titles against Danila Ramos in October, the Puerto Rican boxer expressed her dissatisfaction with the WBC's reluctance to embrace equality in the sport.


In an Instagram post, Serrano stated, "The WBC has refused to evolve the sport for equality, so I am relinquishing their title." She appreciated other sanctioning bodies that have embraced equality, emphasizing her commitment to a level playing field.


Notably, Serrano's WBC title was not at stake during her latest victory as the Mexico City-based sanctioning body refused to endorse longer rounds in women's boxing, citing "health and safety" concerns. This decision marked a departure from the tradition of women's bouts typically lasting 10 two-minute rounds.


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For Serrano, it was a matter of principle as she highlighted her unique achievements in the sport, being the only boxer, male or female, from Puerto Rico to attain undisputed champion status and securing titles in seven divisions.


The controversy over round duration in women's boxing has been a longstanding issue. Earlier this year, Serrano and over 20 current and former women boxers, including Katie Taylor, expressed their desire to compete in three-minute rounds.


Advocates argue that increased ring time enhances the potential for knockouts, resulting in a more captivating spectacle for fans. Serrano's decision to part ways with the WBC underscores her commitment to fighting for sanctioning bodies that provide equal opportunities for female fighters, mirroring the standards set in men's boxing.


In her statement, Serrano highlighted her groundbreaking achievements, including headlining Madison Square Garden, earning seven figures from fights and sponsorships, and becoming the first undisputed female champion to compete in 12 three-minute rounds.


Moving forward, Serrano made it clear that she and her fellow fighters will not engage with sanctioning bodies that deny them the choice to compete on equal terms with their male counterparts. This stance reflects a broader movement within women's boxing, pushing for recognition and equal opportunities within the sport.


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