September, 12, 2011
By Michael Woods | ESPNNewYork.com
AP Photo/Chris Lopez
Cindy Serrano (pictured) and her sister Amanda are both professional boxers, and want to fight each other.
She does not, you see, own a cell phone. Not because she's on a strict budget or what have you.
No, Serrano, a 22-year-old Bushwick resident, doesn't have a phone because she sees no need to get a device to communicate within her social circle. That is because, she tells NYFightblog, her social circle consists of her older sister Cindy, age 29, and her trainer/manager Jordan Maldonado.
Amanda, promoted by Boxing 360, a newish local outfit headed up my Mario Yagobi, beat Kimberly Connor by KO-2 on Saturday. She offered her take on the bout, which yielded to her the vacant IBF female super featherweight crown: "It was a good fight, Connor was tough. She was the bigger girl but the opportunity was too great to pass up." The fight was held at a catchweight, at a max of 128 pounds, and Serrano felt the power of her foe in the first. She listened to her corner, and went to work on combos in the second. She scored a knockdown, knew she had Connor in a bad way, and finished off the night at 1:45.
So, what's next for the younger Serrano? Just maybe, a brawl with big sis.
Cindy takes on welterweight Anne Sophie Mathis on Oct. 1 in France. After that, she'll likely come back down to Amanda's weight range, and the two will sign a contract to fight each other.
The Klitschko brothers, Vitali and Wladimir, have sworn that they'll never face off to see who this era's best heavyweight is. Amanda is contemptuous of that decision.
"Why did they get into the same sport, and the same division, if they don't want to fight each other?" she said. "If the money is right and we have the opportunity, it's going to be tremendous. We want to do the unthinkable. We don't want to be like the Klitschkos."
They spar regularly, and Maldonado told us that he marvels at the intensity on display. "I tell them, if they fight other people the way they do each other, they'll never lose."
So, who'd win?
Amanda laughed, and told me they have different styles. She's a brawler, big sis is a boxer. "In sparring, I think, 'I'm not the little sister anymore,' and she thinks, 'My little sister is not kicking my butt.' ''
Would the brawler be able to look to take her foe's head off if her foe is her sister?
"We spar that way," Amanda said. "In sparring, she tries to take my head off, too."
So wait ... the sisters live at home, with their parents? Are the parents aware of this plan? Will they go along with it, or threaten eviction if the sis vs. sis scrap happens?
"My dad heard about the plan and wasn't that happy, but he said he'll support it. We'll make up a shirt for him, half me and half my sister."