Amanda Serrano and Alycia Baumgardner have turn out to be undisputed world champions following factors victories in New York on Saturday evening.
Serrano – whose rematch with undisputed light-weight world champion Katie Taylor has been introduced for Might 20 in Dublin – defeated Erika Cruz by way of unanimous resolution so as to add the WBA featherweight title to her WBC, IBF, WBO, IBO and The Ring belts.
Baumgardner now holds all of the titles within the super-featherweight division after a unanimous victory over Elhem Mekhaled, who had entered the competition as WBA champion.
Serrano was given an actual scare by Cruz, who braved a nasty lower on her brow to take the battle the space earlier than Serrano gained 98-92, 98-92, 97-93 on the scorecards as Cruz noticed her 14-fight successful streak come to an finish.
Mexican star Cruz’s lower was brought on by an unintentional head-butt within the third spherical after she had been the busier fighter and landed extra punches throughout the primary two.
Serrano grew stronger because the battle progressed and blood poured from Cruz’s head, with the latter dropping to the canvas within the remaining spherical after a tangle of legs.
However Cruz continued to throw punches of her personal at a feverish tempo.
Serrano stated afterwards: “She’s a Mexican champion, we knew that. That is what we anticipated. That is what we skilled for.”
Baumgardner floored Mekhaled twice en path to her victory, which was her eighth in a row since a sole skilled defeat to Christina Linardatou 5 years in the past.
Mekhaled was dropped twice within the third spherical and harm within the seventh as Baumgardner earned a complete 99-89, 99-89, 98-90 win.
Mekhaled troubled Baumgardner at instances and was arguably the higher fighter within the remaining couple of rounds, showing to stun the American at one level, though she was unable to earn a knockdown.
Talking afterwards, Baumgardner stated: “I confirmed self-discipline and grit. Onerous work. I needed to battle who I needed to battle and I got here out profitable. I need to problem myself. That is the one method I will know the place I’m and the way I will be higher.”
Different outcomes on the cardboard included UK-based Australian Skye Nicholson beating Tania Alvarez on factors at featherweight and Somalian contender Ramla Ali outpointing Australia’s Avril Mathie at junior featherweight to maneuver nearer to a title shot.