Unified Champion Amanda Serrano Mandated By The WBA To Face Their Champion Erika Cruz Hernandez
The World Boxing Association (WBA) Championships Committee issued a resolution on Tuesday, November 1, ordering the fight between WBA Champion, Mexico’s Erika Cruz Hernandez (15-1, 3 KOs) and Puerto Rican WBC, IBF, WBO unified champion Amanda Serrano (43-2-1, 30 KOs) for the undisputed featherweight titles.
The WBA have declared that they will not allow for special permissions due to them believing ‘the best will be facing each other in the ring’.
Serrano is the mandatory challenger for Cruz’s title and the respective teams of Serrano (Most Valuable Promotions) and Cruz (Matchroom Boxing) will have 30 days to privately negotiate the fight. In the case that they do not reach an agreement, the fight will go to purse bids with a 50-50 split.
Fight fans would predominantly like to see the rematch with Ireland’s Undisputed lightweight champion, Katie Taylor (22-0, 6 KOs) at the 82,000-capacity Croke Park Stadium in Dublin, Ireland in the early summer of 2023.
Should Serrano and Cruz be able to quickly reach a deal and Serrano doesn’t take too much damage should she win, the historic rematch could still be on the table for May/June 2023, if they can Serrano-Cruz over the line for the early part of 2023.