Laura Serrano

Laura Serrano Garcia (born October 20, 1967 in Mexico City) is a Mexican boxer.

Laura Serrano
Real nameLaura Serrano Garcia
Nickname(s)La Poeta del Ring
Height164 cm (5 ft 5 in)
NationalityMexico Mexican
Born (1967-10-20) October 20, 1967 (age 52)
Mexico City, Mexico
Boxing record
Total fights25
Wins by KO6

Serrano began boxing at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México in Mexico City, where she was studying to become a lawyer. She wanted to lose weight and stay in shape. She applied for a professional boxer's license in Mexico. After a short appearance in two episodes of the Volver a empezar soap opera, she went to Las Vegas, and on a pay per view card she challenged Christy Martin for the world title . It was her first fight as a professional and resulted in a draw.

Serrano's next fight was against world champion Deirdre Gogarty. She won by a knockout in seven rounds, in what was the first all women's boxing undercard held at the Aladdin Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.[1]

Serrano was supposed to box on the Julio César Chávez-Miguel Ángel González Pay Per View event's undercard in Mexico City, until an ordinance from 1947 was found, forbidding women from boxing events in Mexico. Thanks in part to Serrano's subsequent legal battle, the ordinance was dropped.

Serrano suffered a foot injury[when?] for which she underwent surgery, but in 1999 she came back and won a decision in her comeback bout. She then, on 2 September 1999, [details from her BoxRec page] met and defeated the world champion Tracy Byrd to become Mexico's first woman world boxing champion.

She defended her title against Cinthya Prouder (won in a unanimous decision after round 6), Alicia Ashley (won in a unanimous decision after round 8), Gina Greenwald (knockout in round 1) and Kelsey Jeffries (knockout in round 3), followed. The Jeffries fight resulted in Jeffries' first defeat.

On August 12, 2008, Serrano challenged Melissa Del Valle for the Junior Lightweight title. Once again, this world title attempt resulted in a draw (tie).

Serrano has won her last two world title defenses, both decisions, one in ten rounds in Las Vegas and another one, a six-round win in Phoenix.


As of 2005, she was engaged to be married to a Puerto Rican. Serrano is also a lawyer.

During 2015, she was inducted as the first Hispanic in the International Women's Boxing Hall of Fame.[2]

Professional boxing recordEdit

Professional record summary
25 fights 17 wins 5 losses
By knockout 6 0
By decision 11 5
Draws 3
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
23 Loss Ina Menzer UD 2007-11-17 Bordelandhalle, Magdeburg, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany Women's International Boxing Federation World featherweight title
22 Win Shanty Ortiz UD 2007-09-21 Sindicato de Taxistas, Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico
21 Loss Jeannine Garside UD 2006-11-04 Shaw Conference Centre, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada vacant Women's International Boxing Association World featherweight title
20 Win   Tracy Byrd RTD 2006-04-01 Sky Ute Casino, Ignacio, Colorado, USA
19 Loss Jo Wyman UD 2003-07-15 Playboy Mansion, Beverly Hills, California, USA
18 Loss   Isra Girgrah SD 2003-04-18 Palace Indian Gaming Center, Lemoore, California, USA
17 Win Jo Wyman TKO 2003-02-07 HP Pavilion, San Jose, California, USA
16 Win Jo Wyman MD 2002-03-22 Celebrity Theater, Phoenix, Arizona, USA
15 Win Kelsey Jeffries 2001-11-11 Belterra Casino Resort, Elizabeth, Indiana, USA
14 Win Snodene Blakeney UD 2001-09-23 Sunset Station, San Antonio, Texas, USA
13 Win   Chevelle Hallback MD 2001-07-08 Texas Station Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
12 Draw   Melissa Del Valle PTS 2000-08-12 Miccosukee Indian Gaming Resort, Miami, Florida, USA Women's International Boxing Association World super featherweight title
11 Win Kelsey Jeffries TKO 2000-06-16 Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
10 Win Gina Greenwald TKO 2000-05-24 Treasure Chest Casino, Kenner, Louisiana, USA
9 Win   Alicia Ashley UD 2000-02-11 Gold Strike Casino, Tunica, Mississippi, USA
8 Win Cynthia Prouder UD 1999-09-27 Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, USA
7 Win   Tracy Byrd UD 1999-09-02 Gold Strike Casino, Tunica, Mississippi, USA
6 Win   Layla McCarter SD 1999-07-26 Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, USA
5 Win Gloria Ramirez PTS 1998-05-01 Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico
4 Win Cheryl Nance TKO 1997-03-29 Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
3 Win Maria Nieves Garcia PTS 1996-04-22 Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
2 Win   Deirdre Gogarty TKO 1995-04-20 Aladdin Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA Women's International Boxing Federation World lightweight title
1 Draw   Christy Martin PTS 1994-05-07 MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA


  1. ^ Smith, Malissa (5 June 2014). "A History of Women's Boxing". Rowman & Littlefield. Retrieved 18 May 2017 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ "2015 IWBHF Inductee: Laura Serrano". Retrieved 18 May 2017.

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