World champion female boxer from Brooklyn makes history in the ring

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Women's History Month is about celebrating women who have broken barriers, but also those who have broken records like Brooklyn fighter Amanda Serrano.

Serrano’s punches are loud, and they hurt. Just ask any of her 28 knockouts.

The Bushwick-native's boxing career began in 2009, and since then she has collected 38 wins, including the last 24 in a row.

Serrano is also the first and only woman to ever win world championships in seven different weight classes.

However, despite all the accolades and success she, along with other female fighters, still seek equality.

"It's not just fighting in the ring, it's fighting outside the ring as well,” says Serrano.

However, she admits things are better now than when she started over a decade ago.

"We definitely sell tickets. We can fight, and I think we look good fighting. And you know we're girls at the end, we're moms, we're sisters, we're women and to show that we can fight as hard as the men, sometimes even better, it's proving that we're here and we're here to stay."

She says part of that is opening doors for the next generation, something Serrano has stated time and time again.

"I want young girls to have something to look up to and I hope I can be a role model for these girls."

It's why the 31-year old uses the little free time she has to work with kids, especially young girls, in the gym.

"They feel like boxing is just a male dominated sport, and it's so rough and tough, but you know it's not, it's a great science and it's a beautiful sport...and I'm excited to have shown young girls how to stand, how to throw punches and just how to defend themselves,” says Serrano.

She says she wants them to understand they can be successful in whatever they do.

"Being a woman now, you shouldn't be ashamed to be a woman and I want to show girls, it's OK, we're strong, we're beautiful, we're capable of doing what the men can do,” says Serrano. "I just want to continue to work hard, that's all I do. I'm dedicated to the sport of boxing and I just want to continue to leave a legacy for my family, for my island, for women in general."

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    Women's History Month

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