Jake Paul said in the aftermath of his first round KO over Andre August last weekend that he would be back soon. He was telling the truth.
Thursday, Most Valuable Promotions announced that Paul will go-headline with women’s world featherweight champ Amanda Serrano in her home country, Puerto Rico, on March 2nd.
From their release,
“…Amanda “The Real Deal” Serrano (46-2-1, 30 KOs) will make her long-awaited return to Puerto Rico vs. IBF mandatory challenger Nina Meinke (18-3, 4 KOs) on Saturday, March 2, 2024 at the legendary Coliseo de Puerto Rico in San Juan, Puerto Rico, live globally on DAZN. This event, sponsored by CELSIUS Live Fit Essential Energy, marks Amanda Serrano’s first fight in Puerto Rico since becoming undisputed champion, with a sellout crowd expected to honor her as Puerto Rico’s first-ever undisputed world boxing champion, male or female. Serrano will fight for the second time at 12×3, the men’s championship standard, in defense of her unified IBF, WBO, WBA, IBO, and Ring Magazine featherweight world titles. In a true commitment to change for women’s boxing, Serrano recently vacated her WBC title, as the sanctioning body does not support women’s choice for 12×3.
Co-headlining alongside Serrano will be international superstar Jake “The Problem Child” Paul (8-1, 5 KOs) who will continue his path towards becoming cruiserweight world champion in his 10th professional fight fresh off his first-round KO of professional boxer Andre August. ”
Serrano, a seven division world champ, will return in March after winning in her latest title defense in November. That’s when she fought a 12- 3 minute rounds title defense (her first) with a near shutout win over Danila Ramos. Serrano had been working towards the goal of fighting title fights that are 12 rounds in length, not 10, and three minutes in duration, not two. The WBA, IBF and WBO and the Florida commission went along with it, however, the WBC continues to maintain that it’s a safety issue and won’t sanction 12,- 3 minute rounds in women’s title bouts.
So after her latest defense, Serrano has vacated the WBC’s 126 lb. title, while still holding the the other three titles. She touted in the release that this title defense with Meinke will also be 12 rounds on top of it being her first ever title fight in Puerto Rico,
“It is absolutely a dream come true to fight and headline at home at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico, and it is my biggest honor to have been the first-ever undisputed champion, male or female, from our beautiful island,” said Amanda Serrano. “I’m excited to prove my greatness and make history again in the ring at the Choliseo over 12, three-minute rounds. Thank you to the IBF, WBO, WBA, IBO, and Ring Magazine, Most Valuable Promotions, and my team for making this possible. A special thank you to Jake Paul, who gave me an opportunity to fight as his co-main many times and allowed me to show my skills to the world. I am honored to have Jake as my co-main for the first time.”
The German Meinke has won both of her fights this year and is the IBF’s mandatory 126 lb. challenger.
Jake Wants To Be Back Quicker
As for Jake Paul, 8-1, 5 KOs, he barely broke a sweat in disposing of August with a thudding uppercut for a KO in Orlando last weekend. Paul has made it clear that he now wants to fight cruiserweight boxers to gain experience and try to move up in the ranks later in 2024.
While his opponent will be named at some point later, Paul said in the release,
“Fighting for the first time at home in Puerto Rico alongside one of the greatest fighters ever, Amanda Serrano, promises to be the event of a lifetime,” said Jake Paul. “I’m honored to be the co-main event on Amanda’s homecoming card, and I could not be more excited to bring this historic event to Puerto Rico as I continue my path to becoming a world champion…”
Say this- the commitment to being back in the ring in 90 days after an easy win in less than one round is smart for the interest in Paul’s fights. Paul fought previously five months after his decision win in August over MMA star Nate Diaz. And, Serrano will certainly sell significant tickets for this event, as well.