Boxer Amanda Serrano gives up world champion belt

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The World Boxing Council imposes a ban on women competing in 12-round fights lasting three minutes, the standard adopted in men's fights. Since February 2023, Serrano has held the world title in the featherweight category, achieved by defeating her rival Erika Cruz. (Photo:Instagram)
The World Boxing Council imposes a ban on women competing in 12-round fights lasting three minutes, the standard adopted in men's fights. Since February 2023, Serrano has held the world title in the featherweight category, achieved by defeating her rival Erika Cruz. (Photo:Instagram)

One of the most prominent figures on the world boxing scene in recent years, Puerto Rican boxer Amanda Serrano has made the decision to give up her title of world champion granted by the World Boxing Council (WBC). This resolution was motivated by the organization’s refusal to allow female boxers to participate in fights under the same conditions established for men.

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The World Boxing Council imposes a ban on women competing in 12-round fights lasting three minutes, the standard adopted in men’s fights. Since February 2023, Serrano has held the world title in the featherweight category, achieved by defeating her rival Erika Cruz. In October, she expanded her achievement by beating Danila Ramos, thus starring in the first female fight for a world title with 12 three-minute rounds since 2007, a feat recognized by the WBO, WBA and IBF, but not by the WBC.

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Through his Instagram account, Serrano made public his decision to return the organization’s belt, expressing his dissatisfaction: “If a regulatory body is not willing to grant me and my fellow fighters the opportunity to compete on the same terms as the men, then I will not fight under that flag.” In her post, she emphasized that the WBC has refused to follow the sport’s evolution towards equality and expressed her gratitude to organizations that promote gender equality. 

Serrano concluded her statement by challenging her colleagues to follow her example by abandoning their association with the WBC: “If you want to face me in the ring, you have a choice. I’ve already made mine.” So far, the entity has not commented on the decision made by the athlete.

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