Jelena Mrdjenovich will defend her WBA featherweight title towards Erika Cruz Hernandez of Mexico Metropolis Thursday evening, it was introduced Monday afternoon.
The ten-round bout will happen at the US Army Academy in West Level, New York, and can headline a three-bout Ring Metropolis USA telecast (NBC Sports activities Community, 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT).
The conflict between Mrdjenovich and Cruz was elevated to primary occasion standing after the heavyweight bout between unbeaten Stephen Shaw and Jermaine Franklin was postponed after Franklin examined constructive for COVID-19.
Mrdjenovich (41-10-2, 19 knockouts) final fought on December 17, defeating Mexico’s Iranda Torres by unanimous determination. The combat passed off 15 months after Mrdjenovich defeated one other fighter from Mexico, Marisol Corona, by majority determination.
The 38-year-old suffered her final defeat to Edith Matthysse in August 2015, however avenged the loss to the Argentine fighter over seven months later, successful the WBA title within the course of. Mrdjenovich has since gone unbeaten in her subsequent six fights.
Mrdjenovich is on a collision course with WBC/WBO titleholder Amanda Serrano, who stopped Daniela Bermudez on March 25 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Serrano and Mrdjenovich, who resides in Edmonton, Canada, are ranked No. 1 and a couple of at featherweight, respectively, by The Ring.
Cruz (12-1, 3 KOs) defeated Leticia Uribe by unanimous determination in her final bout on February 20. Cruz scored a knockdown in Spherical 6 within the one-sided victory. The 30-year-old has not misplaced since her second professional combat, which was by majority determination to Alondra Gonzalez Flores in June 2016.
Within the co-feature, junior welterweight prospect Juan Pablo Romero will sq. off towards Deiner Berrio (22-2-1, 13 KOs) of Colombia in a 10-round bout.
Romero (13-0, 9 KOs) was scheduled to face unbeaten Jonathan Navarro in an intriguing conflict of unbeaten fighters, however Navarro reportedly pulled out of the combat with an undisclosed harm. Romero, who’s promoted by Promociones del Pueblo, can be making his U.S. debut.
Romero notched a lopsided-decision victory over Sergio Torres in his final bout on November 28 in Mexico Metropolis, not removed from his hometown of Villa del Carbon. The victory over Torres snapped a string of 4 consecutive knockout victories.
Berrio, who resides in Santiago de Tolu, Colombia, has gained his final two bouts by knockout after back-to-back determination losses to Pavel Malikov and Zaur Abdullaev.
Within the opening bout of the NBC Sports activities Community telecast, welterweight prospect Bobirzhan Mominov (12-0, 8 KOs), who’s initially from Kazakhstan and now resides in Bermuda Dunes, California, will face Angel Ruiz (16-1, 12 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico, in an eight-round bout.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for The Ring since October of 2013 and has coated boxing in Southern California and overseas since 2000. Francisco additionally covers boxing for the Ventura County (Calif.) Star newspaper. He may be reached by electronic mail at [email protected] or on Twitter @FsalazarBoxing.