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Amanda Serrano’s return boxing match in Puerto Rico canceled due to strange eye injury

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Just minutes before the main event begins, Amandine Serrano was “medically unfit” to fight in his home country of Puerto Rico.

Most Valuable Promotions said Serrano suffered an eye injury Friday and the Puerto Rican Boxing Commission would not whitewash it.

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

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Amanda Serrano cries

Amanda Serrano reacts as Jake Paul looks on after her fight against Nina Meinke for Serrano’s IBF, WBO and WBA women’s featherweight titles was canceled at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico on March 2, 2024 in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico. Serrano was declared medically unfit to fight by the Puerto Rican boxing commission after suffering an eye injury yesterday. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

Serrano, emotional and wearing sunglasses, said the injury occurred while she was having her hair dyed earlier in the week.

MVP co-founder Nakisa Bidarian said a chemical from hair dye got 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’m so sorry. I came to fight and put on a show for you guys. I’ll be back.”

Saturday was to be Serrano’s 50th professional fight, and perhaps even a farewell. The event took place at Puerto Rico’s famous Coliseo, an arena that seats 18,500 people, and Serrano said she will “retire” there.

Jake Paulthe co-founder of MVP, explained that Serrano’s cornea was damaged by the chemical, which also burned his hand, and that there was too much risk in allowing him to fight.

Main stage of the Serrano-Meinke weigh-in

Amanda Serrano (left) and Nina Meinke pose during the weigh-in for Serrano’s IBF, WBO and WBA women’s featherweight titles at Distrito T-Mobile on March 1, 2024 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. They will fight at the 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 step back this time around, telling Fox News Digital earlier this week that it was Serrano’s “time to shine.”

“I always wanted this for her. This is her time, and her time to shine,” Paul told Fox News Digital before Saturday’s fight. “It’s so cool to support her. She really deserves this moment and worked so hard for it. I’m happy to be a fan. The pressure is no longer on you when you’re not the main event, but you hear the “The crowd is a lot louder for her over there.” That’s why this is his place, his time to shine. “

Serrano spoke with Fox News Digital last month and thanked Paul for allowing her to attend the main event in her home country.

“He said it was my house and he would never agree to this main event,” Serrano said at the time. “I’m like, ‘No, you can do it! You can do it!’ He told me, ‘There’s no way you’re going home, and you’re going to show off your house.'”

Amanda Serrano with glasses

Amanda Serrano reacts as Jake Paul looks on after her fight against Nina Meinke for Serrano’s IBF, WBO and WBA women’s featherweight titles was canceled at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico on March 2, 2024 in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico. Serrano was declared medically unfit to fight by the Puerto Rican boxing commission after suffering an eye injury yesterday. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

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Paul fought just before the cancellation and won via first round TKO against Ryan Bourland.

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