Ronald Cruz: “I want to thank all of my fans for supporting me during my last two fights. I want to reward their loyalty Saturday when I fight Armenta. Training has been solid and I’m glad to be back in action so soon after my last fight (June 14).
Rodolfo Armenta: “This is my first fight on the East Coast. I’ve fought some tough guys and I’m doing it again but I have confidence in my ability.”
Jorge Pazos, Gamalier Rodriguez
Jorge Pazos: “I lost my last two fights but they were against guys I had to chase, especially against Orlando Cruz. He moved a lot. I hope I don’t have to chase this guy Saturday.”
Gamalier Rodriguez: “Tell Pazos he’s going home with a loss Saturday. I’m happy to be with Top Rank and have my first fight on the East Coast.
Also at the press conference was Hall-of-Famer Wilfredo Gomez, who flew here from Puerto Rico to support rising junior lightweight prospect Felix Verdejo. Verdejo boxes Guillermo DelGadillo in a scheduled six-round televised fight.
ABOUT AUGUST 10
The Rodriguez-Pazos fight headlines an eight-bout card at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem. Doors open at 6.30pm; first fight 7p.m. Tickets priced at $50 and $75 and $130 (luxury suites) can be purchased through the offices of Peltz Boxing (215-765-0922) and at all Ticketmaster outlets (800-745-3000). Tickets also are on sale at www.peltzboxing.com, www.SandsEventCenter.com, and www.Ticketmaster.com. In Bethlehem, tickets are available at Deja Brew, Inc., 101 West 4th Street (610-865-2739) and at Pronto Insurance Notary, 232 East 3rd Street (610-419-6790). The Rodriguez-Pazos fight will be on Solo Boxeo Tecate, aired on UniMas, beginning at midnight. The card is being promoted by Top Rank and Peltz Boxing Promotions, Inc., in association with BAM Boxing and the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem.