Puerto Rican star Amanda Serrano will defend her WBA, WBO and IBF featherweight titles in an eagerly-anticipated 12-round bout on home soil against German Nina Meinke on March 2.
In what is being described as the "biggest female boxing event in Puerto Rico’s history", Serrano is preparing for her huge homecoming fight in the capital San Juan against the European female featherweight champion.
Unified featherweight world champion Serrano is one of the greatest-ever female boxers and is the only woman to have won world titles in more than four weight classes.
The 35-year-old is also in the world record books for winning the most boxing world championships in different weight-classes by a female, having held nine major world titles across seven different weight classes.
Underdog Meinke is expected to be up against it at what should be a vibrant Coliseo Jose Agrelot venue on the night as she aims for a huge upset, although she is a much-respected fighter in her own right.
We take a look at the make-up of both fighters in Serrano vs Meinke: Tale of the Tape...
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|IBF World Featherweight
IBO World Featherweight
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|W (UD) v Danila Ramos (Oct 2023)
|W (UD) v Laura Ledezma (Oct 2023)
Serrano was born in Carolina in Puerto Rico, but as a child moved to New York with her family and settled there with boxing quickly becoming an integral part of her life.
After a brief amateur career, she turned professional in 2009 and has gone on to be one of the most dominant female fighters ever with a record of 46 wins from 49 fights, with just two defeats and one draw on her record.
There have been numerous notable victories for 'The Real Deal' down the years, including twice defeating Dahiana Santana, while she has also beaten Heather Hardy twice.
Her only losses came controversially by unanimous decision against Frida Wallberg in Sweden in 2012 and then she suffered a high-profile lightweight defeat to Irish star Katie Taylor in 2022 in New York as the pair went head-to-head in the first women's boxing match to headline Madison Square Garden.
However, she has since bounced back to win her next four bouts and successfully retained her WBA, IBF, WBO, IBO, and The Ring female featherweight titles with victory over Danila Ramos in October last year.
Serrano has been vocal in her promotion of women's boxing throughout her glittering career and has been campaigning for women to fight as men do over 12 three-minute rounds.
In relation to this, Serrano vacated her WBC title due to their refusal to sanction future female boxing matches in that format.
Serrano has been named Female Boxer of the Year twice, in 2016 and 2018, and has also embarked on a MMA career.
She so far has two wins and one draw from her three fights, while in August it was announced she had signed with the Professional Fighters League.
Meinke is undoubtedly facing the biggest fight of her life against Serrano, but she has proven to be a tough boxer and will hope to provide her more experienced opponent with a real test in March.
Meinke initially made a name for herself in her native Germany, but is now earning more widespread recognition with an impressive pro record of 21 fights on her CV, of which 18 have been victories, while she has suffered three defeats.
She has held the European female featherweight title since 2018, when she overcame Lucie Sedlackova by unanimous decision, and was previously the WIBF featherweight title-holder before losing in that year to Elina Tissen.
Like Serrano, the 30-year-old has also been beaten by Irish icon Taylor, losing by TKO at Wembley Stadium in 2017 when the then-vacant WBA International female lightweight title was on the line.
The Brave's other defeat came against Danish fighter Sarah Mahfoud in Copenhagen in April 2022, but she has caught the eye since with a run of six consecutive victories, form in the ring which has given her a shot at Serrano.
After seeing off Eva Hubmeyer, Karina Szmalenberg, Edith Soledad Matthysse, Angela Cannizzaro and Kimika Miyoshi over the past 18 months, Meinke was last in featherweight action when beating Panama star Laura Ledezma by unanimous decision in Munich.