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Amanda Serrano’s title defense canceled because of eye injury

Amanda Serrano’s title protection in opposition to Nina Meinke on Saturday in her house nation of Puerto Rico was canceled on the final second as a result of the champion has a watch harm.

Jake Paul, her promoter, mentioned she has an “exposed cornea,” which suggests it’s broken. Neither he nor Serrano mentioned how or when she suffered the harm.

A tearful Serrano, who cherished the chance to struggle in entrance of her followers,  was clearly devastated as she and Meinke stood within the ring in San Juan for the gorgeous announcement.

She mentioned she was keen to do battle regardless of the harm however docs nixed the struggle after she failed a watch examination.

“I’m so sorry. I came to fight, I came to put on a show for you guys,” she mentioned as some within the crowd booed. “One thing I will tell you, I will be back. This is where I will retire. … I’m sorry from the bottom of my heart.”

She mentioned she might barely see out of her eye.

“I was willing to go out there and still give the fans a show but they just wouldn’t allow me to,” she mentioned.

Paul, who knocked out opponent Ryan Bourland within the first spherical moments earlier, mentioned the struggle might be rescheduled.

“She’s going to push through this, heal the eye,” mentioned Paul, who had his arm round Serrano to consolation her. “And we’re going to return again as quickly as we are able to and re-run it. Nina desires that, Amanda desires that.

“This happened 36 hours ago. We did everything we could to keep the fight on but it wasn’t being approved by the commissions.”

Serrano (46-2-1, 30 KOs) would have fought in her native nation for the primary time since 2021. Meinke (18-3, 4 KOs) hoped to win her first world title.

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