Cindy Serrano Retains Title in Slugfest at “Noche de Campeones”

Cindy Serrano Retains Title in Slugfest
By Robert Quijano

Last Saturday at the Coliseo Sammuel “Sammy” Rodriguez in Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico, Cindy Serrano successfully retained her 126 lb. WBO title in a slugfest with her tough Mexican challenger Paola Torres. Serrano avoided the onslaught of Torres in rounds # 1 & 2 and connected effectively with her jab to control both rounds. Torres came on strong in rounds # 3 & 4 and the fight became a phone booth battle. Serrano more than held her own in the trenches amid headbutts and elbows in the close proximity action. After round # 4, Torres’ trainer Carlos “Charlie” Martinez yelled at Torres saying, “Get in there…Your Mother is watching you (translated from Spanish)!” Serrano took round #5 but Torres returned to her corner smiling and told Martinez, “She can’t hurt me.” Torres with her pressure and forcing Serrano against the ropes took round #6 but from that point on, Serrano listened to her corner, trainer, husband Jordan Maldonado. Maldonado kept yelling out, “Now 1-2, 1-2.” Serrano landed crisp combinations and move out of the way of the oncoming Torres. Serrano did suffer a cut above her right eye but her corner did an excellent job in handling it. With the battle taking place center ring, it was hard to determine if the cut came from a punch or headbutt. Martinez kept telling Torres, “Attack the cut! Knock her out!” Torres continued with her pressure and I did give her the 9th round because she appeared to have landed more but Torres was spent. For all her pressure in the round, her punches seemed to have little to no effect on Serrano. Round # 10 had Torres continue to try and bring the pressure but Serrano pounded her own chest and invited Torres to center ring. Serrano picked Torres apart in the final round with the jab and combinations. Torres came forward the entire fight, showing lots of heart but Serrano’s skills were prevalent. All three judges scored the bout 97-93 (I actually gave Torres 4 rounds because of the constant pressure). Serrano was cheered by the crowd in attendance and in my opinion, 126 lbs. is the ideal weight for her. Serrano had no endurance problems and seemed to be able to continue for more rounds.

In the co-Main Event Abner “Pin” Cotto was scheduled to face Humberto Toledo from Ecuador but apparently Toledo had VISA issues and Edwin “Bazookita” Lopez (27-9-1) was brought in as a late replacement. Cotto immediately took the fight to Lopez and after forcing him a corner, dropped Lopez with a short right hand. Cotto was declared the winner by knockout and was applauded by his hometown crowd of Aguas Buenas.

Undercard action had Wilfredo Garriga by KO over Ray Thomas. Gabriel Bernardi defeated Luis Declet by unanimous decision. Luis Torres defeated Jonathan De La Paz by TKO after referee Melva Santos called a halt to the action with Torres pummeling De La Paz in the corner. Hector Fernandez and Jomar Robles fought a 4 round war. Fernandez picked up the unanimous decision victory with scores of 38-36 (dropping Robles in rounds # 1 & 3). Robles got up each time and landed hard combinations. This was the fight of the night although neither fighter showed much defense, it was back and forth the whole time. John Correa dropped Jose Leon twice in the first round winning by KO at 2:16 of round # 1. Leon laid motionless face down for a few minutes but regained his functions and walked of his own accord back to the dressing room. Ruben Mass defeated Alexis Diaz by 4th round KO. In a battle of undefeated fighters, Christian Lopez completely dominated the favored Angel “Memito” Lopez winning by devastating KO at 1:09 of round # 2. Lopez did his best to try and recover but fell into Referee Melva Santos’ arms.

Universal Promotions in conjunction with DirecTV presented an exciting and explosive night of boxing action with the ongoing series Noche de Campeones (Night of Champions) and the next scheduled card is in July of this year. Looking forward to being there.

*In addition to the exciting boxing action, Efrain Diaz along with members of Wilfred Benitez’ family were on hand selling t-shirts for the “No Champ I haven’t forgotten you” movement to help raise funds for Benitez’ care. Cancer Survivor Daniel “Pipino” Alicea was also present doing his part to help sell the shirts. This was a definite show of unity for Wilfred Benitez and it has to continue. Until the next fight card…

-Keep Jabbing-

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Rob Quijano
Boxing Writer & Photographer at BORICUA BOXING™
After obtaining a black belt in Nisei Goju-Ryu as a teen, I became a sparring partner for a friend who was a professional boxer in Puerto Rico in the early 80's. My true passion was unveiled and that led to a brief amateur career and then becoming a Boxing trainer while serving in the US Army and after my tour was served. I am a proud Father of 4 and have been covering boxing as a writer/photographer for 18 years. Protect yourself at all times and keep jabbing!

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