'She's a star': Amanda Serrano tackling yet another challenge against Miriam Gutierrez

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TAMPA, Fla — On the list of the best female boxers in the world, you will find Amanda Serrano.

The seven-division world champion and current unified featherweight champ is raising the bar again as she takes on 135-pound titleholder Miriam Gutierrez on Dec. 18 at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida.

The fight will be featured in the pay-per-view co-main event of Jake Paul vs. Tommy Fury.

“I’m the featherweight champion and I’m taking a risk by moving up in weight," Serrano said Monday at a press event in Tampa. "In women’s boxing, we have to go to where the opportunities are and I want to be able to do things that not every girl can do. And that’s win multiple divisions in different ways from 140 all the way down to 115. I know that if my record is ever broken, which I don’t think it will, it won’t be done the way that I did it."

The New York-based, Puerto Rican star recently signed with Most Valuable Promotions, the entertainment company of YouTube sensation-turned-professional boxer Jake Paul.

"Amanda Serrano is the G-W-O-A-T – the greatest woman of all time," Paul said Monday. "There’s no debating that. I like to work with people who are cool and Amanda and I just clicked from day one. She needs to be put on a bigger platform and that’s where Most Valuable Promotions comes in. She’s a star and she’s got the record and all the accolades."

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Seven-division world champion and current unified featherweight champion Amanda Serrano.
Seven-division world champion and current unified featherweight champion Amanda Serrano.

Serrano takes great pride in being a woman in sports, and encourages girls and women of all ages to always follow their dreams within the sport of boxing and beyond.

"Boxing is a hard sport, but we are definitely in the day and age where women are coming forward and people are recognizing us and acknowledging us," Serrano told USA TODAY Sports on Monday. "Just be very patient. Surround yourself with positive people and the sky is the limit. If you have a great team behind you, and you work hard and you dedicate yourself and sacrifice, everything will come."

World-class fighting runs in the Serrano bloodline as Serrano's sister, Cindy, who is one of her biggest role models, held the WBO female featherweight title from 2016-17.

Jake Paul and Amanda Serrano at a press conference promoting their fights at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida.
Jake Paul and Amanda Serrano at a press conference promoting their fights at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida.

“Hard work, dedication and sacrifice is what has gotten me to this point," said Serrano. "Greatness requires sacrifice and I’ve sacrificed my whole life from 18 years old until now. It’s just been boxing, boxing, boxing. Nothing can happen without a great team behind you and that’s what I have.

"On December 18, I hope viewers take away that women can really fight. We can put on a show. We can look good doing it. We can get dressed up, put on makeup and go in the ring and kick butt."

Contact Analis Bailey at aabailey@usatoday.com or on Twitter @analisbailey.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Amanda Serrano eyes history as she joins forces with Jake Paul