Jerry Glick reporting: I was fortunate to be invited to another yearly kickoff event by generous and popular Dave Schuster, who, through his company, Winner Take All Productions, promotes boxing and produces plays and film. This year as before we had our dinner party at The Terrace Diner in Bayside, Queens, NY on January 9th.
Aside from enjoying the fine food, I was in the company of some of the best people in boxing. Schuster explained the night this way: “This is 2013 Winner Take All Productions kickoff party and we have a couple of guys who won their belts on our card including Tommy Rainone who won the IBA Americas Welterweight title belt, and Mike Brooks won the IBA Lightweight belt, and Cindy Serrano, who could not make it, won the WIBA Lightweight title.”
Some of those in attendance were performers in Bobby Cassidy Jr’s play about his dad, for top contender Bobby Cassidy Sr.
Also in attendance were her sister, Amanda Serrano, former world champion Junior “Poison” Jones, WBA welterweight champion Paul “The Magic Man” Malignaggi, former top middleweight contender John Duddy, and playwright Bobby Cassidy.
I had the opportunity to ask Amanda a few questions about life as a female boxer. She is a lovely, outspoken young woman of 24 year old who has amassed an impressive record of 16-1-1 (11 KOs)trains hard and lots to say about her favorite sport. We don’t get recognition that the men do,” said a very serious Serrano. “But it’s getting better. Now there are at least one or two female fights on many cards.”
“People still look at us as a side show,” she lamented. “That’s because while some girls fight the way men do, others are no more than a joke.”
Serrano is a keen observer. Some female boxers display some pretty fine skills, but unfortunately there are those who can only brawl. “In my case,” said Amanda. “Once I get in there and do my job, the skeptics become true believers.”
As far as women fighting two minute rounds as opposed to three that men fight, her only thought was, “I train for three and a half minute rounds to prepare for a two minute per round fight, but remember we don’t get paid as much as much as men do,” She said, “And that’s the difference.”