Contender Luis “El Artesano” Cruz will make his return to Puerto Rico after almost two years on March, 23, at the Ruben Zayas Montañez Coliseum in Trujillo Alto, as part of the new edition of the UniMas Solo Boxeo Tecate, that will have in separate fights, the undefeated Jonathan “Bomba” Gonzalez and Felix “Diamante” Verdejo, in a PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) presentation in association with Top Rank.
“With the addition of Luis Cruz, we have completed this show. We will show eight bouts in this card with world contenders like Gonzalez and Cruz, and prospects like Verdejo and John Karl Sosa among other good young fighters in Trujillo Alto on March 23”, PRBBP President Ivan Rivera said.
Cruz (20-2, 16 KOs), who doesn’t fight in Puerto Rico since April, 2011, when he beat Martin Honorio, will face Edward Valdez (12-9-2, 9 KOs) in a bout scheduled to eight rounds in 138 pounds. Cruz is coming off a lost against Mexican Jose Felix Jr. on September, 2012.
In the main event, Bomba Gonzalez (11-0, 10 KOs) will fight against Joseph Rios (13-7-2, 4 KOs) in a 10 rounds and 113 pounds bout. In his last fight, Gonzalez, ranked #12 by the WBO in the flyweights, ended in a “no decision” result against Omar Salado on February 2, when in the first round Gonzalez hit Salado with an unintentional right hook on the back of his head, and the Mexican couldn’t continue the fight. Rios is an experienced boxer who never had been knocked out.
Also, Diamante Verdejo (3-0, 2 KOs) is going to face Andre Ramos (1-0, 1 KOs) in a junior lightweight and four rounds bout. Verdejo come off a third round TKO over Jose Santiago on February 2. He debuted on December, 2012, with a decision win over Leonardo Chavez in Las Vegas and then on January 19, 2013, scored a first round KO victory over Tomi Archambault.
In six rounds fights, prospect John Karl Sosa (5-0, 4 KOs) will face Samuel “Sammito” Santana (5-7-2) in a 143 pounds bout; in 140 pounds, Osenohad “Cano” Vazquez (6-1-1, 2 KOs) will fight against Pascali “Gato” Adorno (10-8-3, 4 KOs), and Rafael “El Pollo Blanco” Gonzalez (8-1, 6 KOs) will fight versus Regino Canales (5-3, 2 KOs) in a 135 pounds bout.
Scheduled to four rounds Jeffrey Ramos (3-0, 2 KOs) will face Christopher Rivera (4-12, 4 KOs) in 135 pounds, and Bernard Lebron will debut against Nataniel Vazquez (0-1) in 142 pounds.
Tickets for this show are availables at Ticketcenter (www.tcpr.com) calling 1 787 792-5000. Prices are $18 and $33.