Serrano Retains Title by TKO at Casino Metro Boxing Nights
By Robert Quijano
The Sheraton Hotel at the Convention Center in San Juan, Puerto Rico was the site for PR Best Boxing Promotions Casino Metro Boxing Nights (Viernes de Campeones). Although there were some opponent changes from when the card was originally announced, last night was a successful fight card displaying upcoming talent, Olympians showing their skills, a contender chasing his dream, and a proven Champion showing her power.
In the Main Event of the evening Amanda “The Real Deal” Serrano successfully defended her WBO 122 lb. title against Edina Kiss of Hungary. Serrano had previously defeated Kiss in April of 2016 but Kiss was anxious to fight her again. Serrano clearly dominated every round but Kiss was able to land a few shots creating a small welt under Serrano’s right eye. Other than that and a near wardrobe malfunction (Kiss got her hand caught in the strap of Serrano’s sports bra), it was all “The Real Deal” stepping back as Kiss charged and dropping a lethal right hook. Kiss was literally frozen after Serrano landed the big right hand. Serrano continued her pressure in the 2nd round and dropped Kiss. Kiss survived the standing 8 count and tried to fight back. Her heart was admirable but at 1 minute of the 3rd round Referee Jose H. Rivera called an end to assault by Serrano. Rivera saved Kiss from further abuse. Serrano who had admitted on social media approximately 3 weeks ago that she was not going to train any further for this fight and rely on her boxing skills (Serrano had been focusing on MMA training). Serrano is by far the best female Boxer from 118-135 lbs.
In the co-main event, Jonathan Oquendo, who had been inactive for close to 18 months, was very eager to get back in the ring to follow his dream of obtaining a title opportunity before his plan to retire at 35-years-old (Oquendo is 33-years-old now). Although facing a last minute opponent change in Orlando Rizo (19-11 with 11 KOs) of Nicaragua, Rizo showed that he came to fight. Oquendo dominated each round but at times was over anxious to land the big shot and threw very widely. Oquendo got caught by Rizo with an uppercut that momentarily stunned him in the 4th round (Oquendo threw a wide hook). Oquendo recovered and outworked Rizo to win the round. In the 5th round Rizo was noticeably tired and Oquendo pressured him against the ropes where his attack dropped Rizo. Rizo survived the round but did not come out for the 6th round. The official time was 1 second of round # 6. Oquendo showed that he still has great skills but needs to work on his being over anxious.
Two time Puerto Rico Olympian Jeyvier Cintron in only his 2nd professional bout but first in front of the Puerto Rican people did not disappoint as he defeated Guillermo Dejeas by TKO at 2:21 of the 2nd round. Referee Jose H. Rivera stopped the bout after Cintron had knocked Dejeas down. Dejeas survived the standing 8 count but was in no condition to continue.
In the opening bout of the telecast three time Brazilian Olympian Robson Conceicao destroyed Bernardo Gomez with a barrage of punches and won by knockout at 52 seconds of the 1st round. Gomez remained on the canvass for several minutes due to a body shot but was able to leave the ring of his own power.
Prior to the televised bouts four amateur bouts took place with Yariel defeating Luis Gonzalez by split decision (I actually thought Gonzalez did enough to take the bout). Tatiana Ortiz defeated Joceline Hernandez by unanimous decision. Angel Marrero won by unanimous decision over Christian Barreto in the adult 140 lb. category. It’s still taking me some time to get used to amateurs without headgear. The final amateur bout had Emangelis Hernandez defeating Nimsay Cordero by unanimous decision.
PR Best Boxing had some quirks after not promoting a bout in two years but it was an exciting and successful night of boxing action. Looking forward to the next event in September.