Bethlehem, PA—Fresh off a second-round knockout over Rodolfo Armenta on Aug. 10, welterweight Ronald Cruz returns Thursday evening, Sept. 26, to the Sands Bethlehem where he takes on Alberto Morales, of Miami, FL, in what figures to be a toe-to-toe classic.
The Cruz-Morales fight, scheduled for 10 rounds, is part of a Legends of Boxing program, beginning at 7pm with interviews and boxing highlights of legendary fighters and streamed by
www.ustream.tv/universalstreamingnetwork. The live boxing begins at 8 pm.
Cruz (right), 26, of Bethlehem, PA, ended a two-fight losing streak when he stopped Armenta, of Rio Rico, AZ, in the second round at the Sands to raise his record to 18-2, 13 K0s.
A pro since 2009, Cruz had been ranked in the Top 15 worldwide by both the IBF and WBC until suffering back-to-back losses to Antwone Smith, of Miami, FL, in 2012 and to Ray Narh, of Accra, Ghana, earlier this year.
The fight with Morales will mark Cruz’ fourth consecutive match at the Sands Events Center, where he has become a crowd favorite. Cruz is 2-2 in that building, having beaten Prenice Brewer, of Cleveland, OH, as well as Armenta, while losing to clip_image006Smith and Narh.
Morales (left), 25, is originally from Managua, Nicaragua, but has moved his base of operations to Miami, FL. His 11-2-1 record includes eight knockouts and his walk-in styled attack should be a perfect fit for an all-action fight with Cruz.
Among Morales’ victims are Luis Bolano, of Colombia.
In his last fight Feb. 8 in Wilmington, DE, Morales lost a 10-round decision to southpaw Ray Robinson, of Philadelphia. Morales spent the evening trying to work his way inside the taller, more mobile Robinson, but he will not have that problem with Cruz, who enjoys standing toe-to-toe and mixing it up.
The eight-round junior lightweight semifinal features crowd-pleasing Jason Sosa, of Camden, NJ, against hard-hitting Tyrone Luckey, of Middletown, NJ.
Sosa is 9-1-3, 5 K0s, and has knocked out his last four opponents. Luckey is 5-3-1, 5 K0s.
Five additional fights complete the card.
ABOUT SEPTEMBER 26
The Cruz-Morales and Sosa-Luckey fights headline a seven-bout card at the Sands Bethlehem. Doors open at 7.30pm; first fight 8p.m. Tickets priced at $50 and $75 and $100 (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 Cruz-Morales and Sosa-Luckey fights as well as the rest of the matches will be streamed live by www.ustream.tv/universalstreamingnetwork. The purchase price is $4.99 for the inaugural boxing telecast on the network, which will include interviews with Larry Holmes, Gerry Cooney, Earnie Shavers and Thomas Hearns, all of whom will be at ringside.. The card is being promoted by Peltz Boxing Promotions, Inc., and BAM Boxing in association with Legends of Boxing and the Sands Bethlehem.