Amanda Serrano to fight on Showtime Extreme
Women’s boxing received a brief spike in interest with the pro debut of two-time Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields last month. Now, the sport is going to get another much-needed shot in the arm with a little network muscle behind it.
Junior featherweight champion Amanda Serrano, an aggressive, charismatic boxer from Brooklyn, has been green-lit to appear on Showtime Extreme in the first women’s world title bout on national television in nearly a decade, Showtime announced on Friday. Serrano (30-1-1, 23 knockouts) will meet former two-division champion Yazmin Rivas (35-9-1, 10 KOs) on Jan. 14 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn (provided, of course, the New York State Athletic Commission straightens out its health insurance quagmire in time).
The card is headlined by the super middleweight unification match between Badou Jack and James DeGale for THE RING/WBC/IBF titles on Showtime. Junior lightweight titleholder Jose Pedraza will take on Gervonta Davis in the co-feature.
The last women’s title bout on national television took place between Mary Jo Saunders and Valerie Mahfood on March 30, 2007 on ESPN2. The Showtime Extreme telecast will kick-off at 7 p.m. with a middleweight match-up between rising prospects Ievgen Khytrov (14-0, 12 KOs) and Immanuwel Aleem (16-0-1, 9 KOs) in a 10-round bout.