Featherweight champion Amanda Serrano has taken the unprecedented step of surrendering her World Boxing Council (WBC) title, responding to the organization's reluctance to permit women fighters to compete under the same conditions as their male counterparts. Championship matches in men's boxing typically comprise 12 rounds of three minutes each, whereas women's championship bouts are restricted to 10 rounds of two minutes each.
A Stand for Equality
Serrano, who has unified numerous titles across different boxing organizations, has been advocating for the right to fight under the same regulations as male boxers since October. Despite not receiving the WBC's sanction, Serrano created history by facing off against Danila Ramos in October following the 12 three-minute round format. This match was acknowledged as a title defense by other sanctioning bodies but was not recognized by the WBC.
Defying the Norm
In a statement on Instagram, Serrano expressed her decision to no longer fight for sanctioning bodies that fail to provide equal fighting conditions. WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman has previously justified the organization's stance by citing safety concerns, drawing parallels with other sports like tennis and basketball where women also follow modified rules.
Unfazed by the Opposition
Despite the WBC's position, Serrano and Ramos managed to complete their historic fight without any reported injuries or incidents, reinforcing Serrano's commitment to continue her career under these new rules. Serrano's bold move is a significant step in the fight for gender equality in sports, particularly in boxing, a field that has historically been dominated by men.