The seven-division titlist from Puerto Rico – Amanda Serrano, surely would have loved last couple of weeks. She was bestowed several honors during the annual National Puerto Rican Day Parade, which was held in New York City.
In addition to being named Athlete of the Year by parade organizers, she was given a commemorative award by the Guinness Book of World Records for having claimed major titles in more weight divisions than any other female boxer in history.
“I have no words to describe the support I received at the (Guinness Book of World Records booth),” Serrano (36-1-1, 27KOs) said in receiving her official framed certificate. “They surprised me with the Guinness record for being champion in seven divisions and it was something incredible.”
Took a small break from Marching in the Puerto Rican Parade to receive my Guinness Book Of World Records for The ONLY Female to ever win 7 Divisions in Boxing! Many do it but NONE like me. I’m 1 Of 1!! Real Talk GOD IS GREAT! I’m Blessed! pic.twitter.com/87L8aClrsN
— Amanda Serrano 🇵🇷 (@Serranosisters) June 9, 2019
Serrano broke her own record earlier this year, dropping all the way down to super flyweight. She captured a vacant title with a 35-second knockout of Eva Voraberger this past January in New York City.
“Hard work is rewarded when you least imagine it”, noted Serrano. “I am always motivated to represent my island in all my fights and this is more motivation to keep reaching my goals in all the sports I compete.”
It hasn’t at all dampened her spirits, particularly on a weekend dedicated to celebrating her proud heritage.
— Puerto Rican Parade (@PRparadeNYC) June 9, 2019
“For Puerto Rico and for women… I want to continue to be an example for women and show that discipline and sacrifice make you great in what you propose in life,” Serrano notes. “Many can do this, but none like me. I am one of one!”