Amanda Serrano's homecoming boxing match in Puerto Rico called off due to bizarre eye injury


With just minutes before the main event was slated to go on, Amanda Serrano was “medically unfit” to fight in her home country of Puerto Rico.

Most Valuable Promotions said Serrano suffered an eye injury on Friday, and the Puerto Rican Boxing Commission wouldn’t clear her.

The promotion added that ticket refunds would be given to those who seek it, and Serrano’s opponent, Nina Meinke, would receive her full purse.

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Amanda Serrano crying

Amanda Serrano reacts as Jake Paul looks on after her fight was cancelled against Nina Meinke for Serrano’s IBF, WBO and WBA featherweight women’s titles  at Coliseo de Puerto Rico on March 02, 2024 in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico.  Serrano was declared medically unfit to fight by the Puerto rican boxing commision after sustaining an eye injury yesterday. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

An emotional Serrano, with sunglasses on, said the injury occurred when she was getting her hair dyed earlier in the week.

MVP co-founder Nakisa Bidarian said a chemical from the hair dye went into Serrano’s eye during a run on Friday. She wore sunglasses throughout Friday night’s weigh-in.

“I wanted to fight in front of my people,” Serrano said.

“I am so sorry. I came to fight and put on a show for you guys. I will be back.”

Saturday was slated to be Serrano’s 50th professional fight, and perhaps even a farewell. The event was at Puerto Rico’s famed Coliseo, an 18,500-person arena, and Serrano said she “will retire” at the venue.

Jake Paul, the co-founder of MVP, explained that Serrano’s cornea had been damaged from the chemical, which also burnt her hand, and there was too much risk in allowing her to fight.

Main stage of Serrano-Meinke weigh-in

Amanda Serrano (L) and Nina Meinke pose during the weigh in for Serrano’s IBF, WBO and WBA featherweight women’s titles at Distrito T-Mobile on March 01, 2024 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.   They will fight at Coliseo de Puerto Rico on March 2, 2024.   (Al Bello/Getty Images)

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Paul, who is normally the main event wherever he fights, took a backseat this time, telling Fox News Digital earlier this week that it was Serrano’s “time to shine.”

“I just always wanted that for her. This is her moment, and her time to shine,” Paul said to Fox News Digital before Saturday’s fight. “It’s just so cool to support her. She really deserves this moment and has worked so hard for it. I’m happy to be a fan. The pressure is off of you when you’re not the main event, but you hear the crowd is much louder for her out there. So that’s why this is her spot, her time to shine.”

Serrano spoke with Fox News Digital last month and gave Paul the utmost thanks for allowing her to the main-event in her home country.

“He said this is my home, and he would never take that main event,” Serrano said at the time. “I’m like, ‘No you can do it! You can do it!’ He’s like, ‘There is no way you’re going home, and you’re going to showcase your home.'”

Amanda Serrano with glasses on

Amanda Serrano reacts as Jake Paul looks on after her fight was cancelled against Nina Meinke for Serrano’s IBF, WBO and WBA featherweight women’s titles  at Coliseo de Puerto Rico on March 02, 2024 in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico.  Serrano was declared medically unfit to fight by the Puerto rican boxing commision after sustaining an eye injury yesterday. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

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Paul fought just prior to the cancelation and won via first-round TKO over Ryan Bourland.



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