Slugging September

Female World Title Slug Outs in New York and Los Angeles. NY Photos by JP Yim. LA Photos by Al Applerose 

Two of New York City's most famous female warriors Heather "The Heat" Hardy and Amanda "The Real Deal" Serrano battled for the WBO featherweight world title at Madison Square Garden on Sept. 13. The two Brooklyn fighters poured hellfire against each other.  

After 10 exciting rounds Serrano reclaimed the WBO featherweight title by unanimous decision over Hardy. Fans were thrilled at the 10 rounds each fighter poured their hearts into. 

Crews started fast and tried to batter Cornejo into submission in the first round of their rematch at Dignity Health Sports Park on Sept. 14. Cornejo survived.

Crews was relentless on her attack and refused to go backward. Each time Cornejo rallied Crews would answer back. 

After 10 rounds Crews was deemed the winner by unanimous decision. Here her hand is raised by referee Tom Taylor. Crews, who fights out of Baltimore, also won the WBO title to add to the WBC title. 

Hardy survived a brutal first round beating and rallied behind the ferocity her fans have come to expect against the Puerto Rican seven-division world champion Serrano. The Irish-American fighter just didn't have enough firepower to keep Serrano from her constant attacks.

WBC super middleweight world titlist Franchon Crews Dezurn had no explanation why her scheduled opponent Alejandra Jimenez was unable to fight. Instead, former foe Maricela Cornejo was tabbed as the replacement with only two days before the fight. The fight went on.

After withstanding the initial assault by Crews, the challenger Cornejo began to take a stand and deliver her own big blows. The crowd cheered the action.

Cornejo tried numerous times to go for the knockout blow. Though she landed some big punches, nothing seemed to hurt Crews. Nor was Crews able to hurt Cornejo. It was a tight contest until the very end.

Crews was greeted by Blair Cobbs the NABF super lightweight titlist and promoter Bernard Hopkins the middleweight great of Golden Boy Promotions. Crews wore both the WBC and WBO super middleweight world title belts.