City, NJ—Undefeated welterweight Ronald
Cruz, of Bethlehem, PA, takes on
steel-chinned Anges Adjaho,
of Buffalo, NY, in a scheduled eight-round contest on Saturday evening,
Nov. 19, at Bally’s Atlantic City.
The Cruz-Adjaho match will serve as the semifinal to the 12-round main
event which features Garrett
Wilson, of Philadelphia, PA,
making the first defense of his United States Boxing Association (USBA)
cruiserweight title against Chuck
Mussachio, of Wildwood, NJ.
The 25-year-old Cruz
(pictured) is coming off an impressive fifth-round knockout over Chris
Fernandez, of Salt Lake City,
UT, on Sept. 9 at the Asylum Arena in Philadelphia, PA. Cruz was
scheduled to box Adjaho that evening, but a wrist injury suffered in
training forced Adjaho to withdraw.
Cruz’ win over Fernandez followed a string of knockout
victories he registered over Doel
Carrasquillo and Manuel
Guzman, both of Lancaster, PA, Dillett
Frederick, of Fort Myers, FL,
and Jeremy Bryan,
of Passaic, NJ.
A pro since 2009, Cruz is now 14-0, 11 K0s, and ranked by the United
States Boxing Association (USBA) at No. 14 and the North American
Boxing Organization (NABO) at No. 13.
“I would fight every month if I could,” said Cruz,
whose 28-fight amateur career lasted only 13 months, from July, 2007,
to August, 2008. As a pro, he has been just as busy, fighting seven
times in 2009, three times in 2010 and four times so far in 2011.
Adjaho, 31, is originally from the Republic of Benin in West Africa. He
came to the United States in 2006 after winning African titles at
junior lightweight and lightweight.
He has not had it easy here, fighting only the best—Antonio
Porter and Joel
Julio. Since turning pro in
2002, Adjaho is 17-6, 9 K0s. He has been stopped once, by DeMarco in
nine rounds, when he had to get down to135 pounds after previously
fighting at 142.