Amanda Serrano (43-2) and Erika Cruz (15-1) will square off on Saturday, February 4 for the undisputed women’s featherweight title. The IBF, WBA, WBC and WBO women’s world featherweight titles are on the line in an DAZN card taking place at the Hulu Theater in Madison Square Garden.
The main card gets underway at 8 p.m. ET with ring walks for the main event expected around 9:53 p.m. ET.
Serrano is looking to expand from her unanimous decision victory over Sarah Mahfoud and become the undisputed women’s featherweight champion. Her last opportunity at an undisputed title fell short as she was upended by Katie Taylor. If she lands a win over Cruz, many believe a second shot at Taylor could be on the horizon for the 14-year-old boxing pro.
Cruz is not nearly as experienced as Serrano, but is coming off the biggest win of her career over Jelena Mrdjenovich, where she was able to capture the WBA featherweight title. On paper, she has not lost a fight since 2016 and a victory over Serrano would most certainly be the biggest of his professional tenure.
Serrano comes into the bout as a -800 favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook. While Cruz is a +500 underdog.
We’ll be provided live updates throughout the fight with round-by-round scoring below.
Amanda Serrano vs. Erika Cruz round-by-round results
Round 1: Serrano 10-9
Both fighters getting a feel for one another, Serrano with some more confidence. Cruz a tad bit slow and somewhat nervous. Bright lights could be a problem for her or maybe taking some time to warm up. Serrano sizing up her opponent, doing enough to win this one.
Round 2: Cruz 10-9
Cruz stepping up the activity to start out and showing the crowd why she is on this card. Good early moments for her and seems to have more life this round. Developing into a straight out slug fest late, Serrano lands a nice shot near the end.
Round 3: Cruz 10-9
Both stepping toe to toe and Cruz not backing down. Very strong response after a slow first round for Cruz. A clash of heads and now Cruz has a big cut, blood drawn from the top of head. Big time gash and its starting to flow. Cruz, however, holds on to win the round.
Round 4: Serrano 10-9
An all time masterclass of power punches and exchanges being displayed here. Cruz still has her foot on the gas and throwing every punch to match Serrano. Serrano absorbing body shots and keeping her away, each fighter letting their hands go.
Round 5: Cruz 10-9
The game plan for the underdog has been a great one, despite the nasty cut, Cruz has fought a good fight. Serrano once again doing what she can to match the energy and pace Cruz is fighting with. Each trade shout again late, Cruz by a thin margin.
Round 6: Serrano 10-9
Serrano has Cruz stumbled back against the ropes late. The crowd getting into this one and wow this two continue to exchange. Serrano applying a tad bit more pressure, Cruz on spaghetti legs.
Round 7: Serrano 10-9
A delight for fight fans, two fighters throwing powerful punch after powerful punch. Cruz fighting for survival and each time Serrano tries to put her away she somehow remains in the fight. Going to come down to conditioning at this point.
Round 8: Serrano 10-9
Cruz matching the production but this cut is making it difficult for her eyesight and ability to throw accurate punches. Serrano taking advantage of this and landing the more precise hits. Cruz trying to get some momentum back, but struggling.
Round 9: Serrano 10-9
Serrano landing more effectively and Cruz desperately nagging on the cut. Her vision is being slighted and therefore each time they check it prior to round. Serrano pouring on the punches.
Round 10: Serrano 10-9
Cruz comes out with a final flurry and seemingly runs out of gas, falling to the canvas. Ref rules it a push, now Serrano pouring it on with power shots. Each women throwing to end here, the cut will play a factor but to the scorecards we go.