Serrano vs Cruz May Move Back One Week To Avoid Beterbiev-Yarde, Wood-Lara Clash
The World Boxing Association (WBA) Championships Committee made a rare move by ordering the fight between their 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 on November 1.
By doing this they have made Serrano the mandatory challenger for Cruz’s title with purse bids set at a 50-50 split if the parties cannot agree on a deal. However, it appears that an agreement is nearing for Serrano vs Cruz to headline a Matchroom on DAZN USA card on Feb 11 at the Hulu Theatre at Madison Square Garden.
The fight was initially rumoured to land on Feb 4 but with the 3-belt light heavyweight title collision between Artur Beterbiev and Anthony Yarde taking place on Jan 28 on non-PPV, Wood-Lara will likely be pushed back to Feb 4 and as a result, Serrano vs Cruz will probably do the same and move back one week from Feb 4 to Feb 11 Hearn revealed to IFL TV
Serrano is represented by Jake Paul‘s ‘Most Valuable Promotions’ but it is heavily speculated that the Puerto Rican will sign a two-fight co-promotional deal with Hearn’s Matchroom to box Cruz for the undisputed featherweight titles and then, should she emerge victorious, take part in a super fight with Ireland’s Katie Taylor at the 82,000-capacity Croke Park in the summer of 2023.