Amanda Serrano: "The WBC has refused to evolve the sport for equality, so I am relinquishing their title"
Puerto Rican star Amanda Serrano has vacated her WBC World featherweight title after a disagreement with the governing body of equal rights in the sport.
The seven-weight world champion made the following statement via Instagram this week:
"I love boxing. I have given my life to this sport. No phone, no boyfriend, no parties. Just boxing.
"I am the only boxer, male or female, from Puerto Rico to become undisputed champion. I am the only female boxer to have won titles in seven divisions. I am the first female boxer, along with Katie [Taylor], to headline Madison Square Garden. I am the first female boxer to make seven figures from a fight and the same from sponsors.
"And I am the first undisputed female champion to fight 12×3 minute rounds.
"Moving forward, if a sanctioning body doesn't want to give me and my fellow fighters the choice to fight the same as the men, then I will not be fighting for that sanctioning body.
"The WBC has refused to evolve the sport for equality, so I am relinquishing their title.
"Thank you for the governing bodies who have evolved for equality!
"If you want to face me in the ring, you have a choice. I've made mine."
Wasting no time at all, the WBC have already ordered Australia’s Skye Nicolson and Denmark’s Sarah Mahfoud to challenge for the vacated WBC featherweight world title.
A deadline of January 12 was set for the two sides to reach terms for a fight that will determine the next WBC featherweight champion.
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