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Historic event brought out the stars as Laila Ali, Holly Holm and Christy Martin were all in attendance to witness Serrano’s masterclass
Damian Lescaille retains the WBA Continental Americas title with a vicious knockout while Puerto Rican sensation Krystal Rosado secures decisive unanimous decision in second professional bout on Most Valuable Prospects III
Serrano vs. Ramos sets record for highest combat sports gate in Caribe Royale’s 25-event history with sold-out crowd
ORLANDO, FL - October 27, 2023 – In a powerful moment for equality and women’s boxing history tonight, Most Valuable Promotion’s Amanda Serrano (46-2-1, 30 KOs) successfully defended her WBO, WBA, IBF, and IBO titles and claimed her 46th career win over interim WBO champion Danila Ramos (12-3, 1 KO) with a unanimous decision victory (120-108 x3). The two athletes fought through a relentless main event, proving their ability and talent over 12 exhilarating rounds at three minutes each for the unified featherweight title, equal to any men’s championship fight. Serrano threw an incredible career high 1103 punches throughout the bout, the first ever women’s unified championship fight with 12, three-minute rounds and the first time a women’s fight has gone the full 12x3. Serrano put on a show, consistently bringing the sold out crowd to their feet with fellow female boxing champions Laila Ali, Holly Holm and Christy Martin in attendance. Fellow MVP athletes Javon ‘Wanna’ Walton, H20 Sylve and Shadasia Green were in attendance as well to show support for Serrano’s historic bout, while Jake Paul and Jutta Leerdam showed their support with a video that played on the broadcast and in arena.
Following the fight, Serrano shared a message of pride and support for female fighters and the boxing community, emphasizing women’s choice to fight under the same rules as men, should they so choose, as well as a resounding message of hope for equal pay and a more equitable future for women’s boxing. The fight, which aired live globally on DAZN, brought the in-person crowd at the Caribe Royale Orlando to its feet as the audience gave Serrano and Ramos a thundering standing ovation for their historic performance.
Earlier this month, Serrano and Ramos, with the support of MVP, united under a joint statement titled ‘CHOICE’ to affirm the pursuit of female fighters to achieve equal pay, promotion, and competitive opportunity in the sport of boxing. United in support of Amanda and Danila’s CHOICE statement were 25 incredible female fighters, including current and former champions.
Ahead of Serrano vs. Ramos, Most Valuable Promotions showcased top up-and-coming talent with its exhilarating third installment of its Most Valuable Prospects series to a sold-out Caribe Royale Resort, as the series’ host recorded its highest combat sports gate in its 25-event history.
Damian Lescaille (6-0, 4 KOs) returned to Orlando with a 9th round knock out over Ray Barlow (7-4, 4 KOs) in an exhilarating welterweight co-main event. Lescaille traded blows with Barlow all night before he pummeled Barlow with a vicious right hook in the 9th round sending him to the canvas. Lescaille retains the WBA Continental Americas title and his third consecutive Most Valuable Prospects victory, extending his undefeated professional record to 6-0. He will also collect a $5,000 knockout bonus for the effort.
In a 6-round main card lightweight bout, Alexander Rios (7-1, 3 KOs) vs. Benigno Aguilar (11-0, 4 KOs) put their undefeated records on the line, with Aguilar fighting his way to a thrilling split decision victory (58-55, 57-56, 57-56) over Rios. Aguilar solidified his victory as he scored a major knockdown of Rios down in the fifth round as the two traded a thundering series of body and face shots across the bout. Rios returned to Most Valuable Prospects III after a memorable first round knockout on Most Valuable Prospects II.
Krystal Rosado (2-0, 1 KO), the young Puerto Rican sensation, continued to show off her elite talents in the ring over her 4-round main card showcase against fellow super flyweight Kata Pap (1-1, 1 KO). Rosado earned a decisive unanimous decision victory (40-36 x3), once again demonstrating her star potential. Rosado fought with power and tenacity, emulating her mentor Amanda Serrano, throwing punches in bunches in the ring and proving once again she is a force to be reckoned with in the ring.
In the main card opener, Damazion Vanhouter (6-0, 3 KOs) defeated Nafys Anas (4-1, 3 KOs) by unanimous decision (40-36, 39-37x2) over an action-packed four round bout. Vanhouter demonstrated his full arsenal of skills in the cruiserweight thriller, handing the shifty Anas his first professional loss.
In a thrilling headliner to the preliminary card, top-ranked WBA bantamweight and local favorite Antonio Vargas (17-1, 9 KOs) successfully defended his WBA Continental Americas title against former world champion Hernan “Tyson” Marquez (47-11-2, 33 KOs) with a dominating 10-round unanimous decision victory (99-89 x3). Vargas showcased his elite skills landing a barrage of quick combos knocking down Marquez in the second, sixth, and eighth rounds. The masterclass performance by Vargas continued his ascension as a rising superstar in the sport.
Middleweight Euri Cadeno (6-0-1, 6 KOs) and Dayan Depestre (1-0-1, 1 KO) put on an exciting back and forth match ending in a majority draw (57-57, 58-56, 56-58). Both Cadeno and Depestre traded shots for six rounds showing off their full arsenal and both showed resiliency with the ability to bounce back from some devastating blows.
The light heavyweight battle between Angel Chavez (9-0, 7 KOs) vs. veteran Bosnian talent Sladen Janjanin (37-17, 26 KOs) ended with a unanimous decision win (60–54 x3) for the young talented Chavez, who landed some vicious shots in an action packed match as both fighters gave their all in the ring and took the decision to the cards.
The Most Valuable Prospects series is produced and promoted by MVP, with Boxlab Promotions serving as the official licensed promoter and is distributed by DAZN. The third event in the series continued the commitment from MVP co-founders Jake Paul and Nakisa Bidarian to highlight the world’s best up-and-coming boxing talent. All events within Most Valuable Prospects will take place on Friday nights in 2023 and will be hosted by Caribe Royale Resort in Orlando, FL. DAZN will air the series globally across its platforms as a part of its subscription package, which included Serrano vs. Ramos, the entire main card lineup, and prelims. CELSIUS Essential Energy Drinks, maker of lifestyle energy drink, is the exclusive energy drink sponsor of the Most Valuable Prospects series.
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About Most Valuable Promotions (MVP)
Most Valuable Promotions was founded by Jake Paul and Nakisa Bidarian in 2021. With the mission to provide more creative control to fighters, MVPworks to identify, grow, and maximize return for its own events and talent partners. One year into its inception, MVP was nominated as one of the prestigious Sports Breakthroughs of the Year in 2022 by Sports Business Journal. MVP has produced Jake Paul’s last four global pay-per-view events, including the recent Paul vs. Fury match, which surpassed 800,000 Pay-per-view buys worldwide. The promotion company also signed one of the most decorated Hispanic athletes of all time, Amanda Serrano in its first year. Serrano and MVP made history in April of 2022 when Serrano went head-to-head with Katie Taylor, marking the first female fight to headline at Madison Square Garden, recently earning a nomination for Event of The Year by Sports Business Journal. Co-founder Nakisa Bidarian was an executive producer of the historic Triller Presents Mike Tyson v. Roy Jones Jr., which was the 8th most bought pay-per-view event in history.
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About Caribe Royale Orlando Resort
Located just minutes from the Walt Disney World® Resort in the nation’s number one convention and tourist destination, Caribe Royale Orlando is the only AAA Four Diamond all-suite meetings resort in Orlando. A TripAdvisor 2022 Travelers’ Choice Award winner – among just 10 percent of hotels worldwide to receive the distinction – the upscale Caribe Royale is emerging from a $140 million renovation that includes fully remodeling all of its one-bedroom suites, an all-new 50,000-square-foot grand ballroom (bringing the total meeting space to 220,000 square feet), and an inviting new lobby. Being privately-owned, Caribe Royale offers meeting planners faster approval cycles and more flexibility to create stand-out events. To learn more or to book a visit, event or meeting, visit www.cariberoyale.com. Follow the all-suite convention hotel on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter(@cariberoyale), LinkedIn and Pinterest. #cariberoyaleorlando
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