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Paul Pummels Bourland, Serrano Sidelined In Puerto Rico

Paul celebrating with the Puerto Rican crowd.
Jake Paul Celebrating his victory with the Puerto Rican Crowd.

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Jake "El Gallo" Paul proved once again that he is more than just a YouTube sensation, as he demolished Ryan "The Rhino" Bourland in the first round of their cruiserweight bout on Saturday night.

Paul, a resident of Puerto Rico, came to the ring in a chicken-themed robe and feathered shorts, but performed like a bird of prey. He fought like a seasoned veteran, despite having only 9 pro fights under his belt upon entering the ring. He predicted a second-round stoppage, but he did it even faster, overwhelming Bourland with punches before the referee waved it off.

The fight was the co-main event of a card that was supposed to feature Amanda "The Real Deal" Serrano, the Puerto Rican native and seven-division world champion, in a bout against Nina Meinke. However, the main event was scrapped at the last minute due to Serrano suffering a severe eye injury leaving her with an exposed cornea.

Serrano, tearfully addressed the crowd and apologized for not being able to compete. She said, “I came to fight and put on a show for all you guys. I will come back, and I will retire here (Puerto Rico).”

Serrano's injury was so bad that she could hardly see out of her eye, but she still wanted to go ahead with the fight. That showed her heart as a fighter, and her dedication to the sport. At 35 years of age and 49 pro bouts, the end is near for this decorated trailblazer. Fight fans must cherish her while we have the opportunity, because we don't know how long we will have this privilege.

The card, which was held at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico, was meant to celebrate the island's rich history in boxing, and to showcase its rising stars. Paul, who has adopted Puerto Rico as his second home, had the honor and responsibility of carrying this card.  He said he wants to be a champion and is looking to fight real boxers. When asked by Ariel Helwani about crossover bouts, Paul said if a big money fight comes along he’ll take it. However he is focused on climbing the ranks to obtain a world title.

One crossover bout he is not only interested in but is campaigning for is a match versus Canelo Alvarez. In the lead up to and immediately after his bout with Bourland he called out the Mexican Superstar. Knowing Canelo is winding down he hopes to cash in with a super fight like Mayweather/McGregor.

Paul improved his record to 9-1, with 6 knockouts, while Bourland fell to 17-3 , also with 6 knockouts. Serrano, who holds the IBF, WBO, WBA and IBO featherweight titles, remains at 46-2-1, with 30 knockouts.


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