Erika Cruz vs. Jelena Mrdjenovich
Mexican southpaw Erika Cruz scored a technical choice win over Jelena Mrdjenovich tonight, on the U.S. Army Academy at West Level, New York. Combating with out her father/coach in her nook, an emotional Cruz (13-1, 3 knockouts) dominated from the opening bell, taking Mrdjenovich’s WBA featherweight title within the course of.
“I’m sorry; I can’t management my feelings,” she stated as she cried throughout the post-fight interview. “I informed you Mexicans are warriors. Each single spherical of this battle, I considered my father. I couldn’t come this far and disappoint him. Now we’ve got the belt.”
Though Mrdjenovich (41-11-2, 19 KOs) was the taller, longer, extra skilled fighter, Cruz managed the motion all through the Ring Metropolis USA important occasion. The Canadian, who turned professional 13 years earlier than her youthful opponent, regarded a half step behind.
Unintended headbutts performed a serious function on this battle and it didn’t take lengthy for each ladies to undergo cuts. Mrdjenovich obtained the worst of them with a nasty gash over her proper eye whereas Hernandez was reduce on the highest of her head.
By the center rounds, Mrdjenovich’s face was a bloody mess.
Towards the top of the sixth, referee Benjy Esteves requested the 38-year-old veteran if she needed to proceed. Mrdjenovich stated sure however there was a slight hesitation in her response. It felt like the top was close to for the long-reigning titleholder.
The next spherical, after one other conflict of heads, with Mrdjenovich bleeding profusely, Esteves determined to cease the battle. The judges have been instructed to attain the partial seventh spherical. All three noticed the battle 70-63 for Cruz, who carried out properly within the greatest battle of her profession.
Unified featherweight titleholder Amanda Serrano, who lately defended her titles in a Ring Metropolis USA headliner, congratulated Cruz and stated she would like to unify together with her subsequent.
Within the co-main, Juan Pablo Romero improved to 14-0 (9 KOs) with a hard-fought unanimous choice victory over Deiner Berrio in a welterweight battle. Romero managed the motion for probably the most half. Nonetheless Berrio (22-3-1, 13 KOs), who was born in Colombia however now fights out of Los Angeles, by no means stopped coming ahead. He fought aggressively however couldn’t land persistently. After the 10-round distance, all three judges scored the bout 98-92 for Romero, who was combating out of native Mexico for the primary time as a professional.
The swing bout was a really entertaining one. Angel Ruiz (17-1, 12 KOs), born in Mexico and now combating out of East Los Angeles, needed to dig deep to attain a unanimous choice win over Bobirzhan Mominov in an eight-round welterweight contest. Within the fifth spherical, the Kazakhstan native, who additionally fights out of California, landed a tough shot properly under the belt line. Ruiz instantly dropped to the canvas. Referee Charlie Fitch accurately known as it a low blow and allowed Ruiz, who was clearly damage, time to get better. Working with coach Manny Robles for the primary time, Ruiz gathered himself and dropped Mominov with a strong left hook simply moments later. Ruiz would put him down as soon as extra within the seventh for good measure. Mominov misplaced for the primary time as a professional, dropping to 12-1 (8 KOs).
Earlier than the principle card on NBC Sports activities Community, there have been a handful of undercard fights, each newbie and professional, streamed on Twitch. Under are the outcomes of the skilled bouts.
Christian Mbilli improved to 18-0 (17 KOs) with a fifth spherical TKO win over Jesus Antonio Gutierrez in a brilliant middleweight bout. Born in Cameroon, Mbilli moved to France as a toddler and represented his adopted homeland within the 2016 Olympics. He additionally fought within the World Sequence of Boxing. All of that have served him properly in opposition to Gutierrez, of Mexico, who fell to 27-5-2 (14 KOs).
Los Angeles featherweight prospect Jalan Walker confronted adversity for the primary time in his younger profession, settling for a draw in opposition to Angel Antonio Contreras in a six-rounder. Walker (8-0-1, 7 KOs), a southpaw, had dominated his opposition coming in however was examined this night by the Mexican. Contreras (11-4-2, 7 KOs) was in a position to join with a number of flush energy punches all through the battle.
Tampa, Florida native Daniel Bailey wasted no time, needing solely 30 seconds to do away with Luis Alvarado in a junior light-weight bout. Bailey improved to 4-0 (3 KOs) with the win, barely breaking a sweat. Alvarado (1-3) dropped his third straight.
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