Cruz Faces Big Test
Undefeated welterweight prospect Ronald Cruz, of Bethlehem, PA, takes the biggest step of his young professional career when he takes on steel-chinned Anges Adjaho, of Buffalo, NY, in a scheduled eight-round contest Friday evening, Sept. 9, at the Asylum Arena, 7 West Ritner Street.
The Cruz-Adjaho contest will serve as the semifinal to the 10-round main event which features King Gabriel Rosado, of Philadelphia, against Keenan Collins, of Reading, PA, for the vacant Pennsylvania State junior middleweight championship.
The seven-bout card begins at 7.30 p.m. and the Cruz-Adjaho and Rosado-Collins fights will be televised at 11.30 p.m. on a delayed basis by Telefutura/Univision.
Cruz, 24, has won all 13 of his fights, 10 by knockout. A pro since 2007, Cruz has wins over Jeremy Bryan, Dillet Frederick and Doel Carrasquillo.
A relative newcomer to boxing, Cruz (right) jammed 28 amateur fights into a 13-month period from July, 2007, until August, 2008. He won 25 of them before turning pro.
Cruz is managed by ex-pro lightweight Jimmy Deoria, of Phoenixville, PA. He is trained by Lemuel Rodriguez, of Bethlehem.
Adjaho, 31, is originally from Benin, West Africa. He came to the United States in 2006 and is 17-6, 9 K0s, a record compiled against some of the best at 147 pounds.
His biggest win came in 2009 when he earned an eight-round decision over Fernando Angulo, of Ecuador.
In his last fight May 20 at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, Adjaho lost a 10-round decision to world-rated Joel Julio, of Colombia.
Adjaho, who has been stopped once, has faced world-class contenders such as Antonio DeMarco, Brad Solomon and Shawn Porter, whose combined records were 53-1-1 at the time he fought them.
Five preliminary fights complete the Sept. 9 card, which is being promoted by Peltz Boxing Promotions, Inc., Don Chargin Productions and Golden Boy Promotions.
Tickets priced at $45 and $65 are on sale at the offices of Peltz Boxing Promotions (215-765-0922). They also can be purchased online at www.peltzboxing.com.
August 18, 2011