On September 21st Ronald Cruz of Bethlehem, PA, 17-0, 12 KO’s, will challenge Miami’s Antwone Smith, 21-4-1, 12 KO’s for the WBC Continental Americas Welterweight Title. In preparation for that battle Cruz hosted a media workout today in his hometown of Bethlehem, PA.
The fight will be part of the NBC Sports Network Fight Night broadcast, beginning 9PM ET on the 21st. The Cruz-Smith fight is part of a seven-bout card at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem that also includes a 12 round IBF Junior Middleweight eliminator between Gabriel Rosado and Charles Whittaker and a 10 round Light Heavyweight matchup pitting Sergey Kovalev against Lionell Thompson.
“This time it’ll be nothing new, I’ll be relaxed and I’ll be able to do my thing. There’s nothing like fighting at home, with the fans there’s just alot of emotion, but like I said, this time I will be alot more relaxed in there.”
“Camp has been phenomenal, and I am ready to go right now!”
ABOUT SEPTEMBER 21
The Smith-Cruz, Kovalev-Thompson and Whittaker-Rosado fights top a seven-bout card at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem. First fight is 7.15 pm (ET). Tickets priced at $80 and $55 can be purchased through the offices of Peltz Boxing (215-765-0922), all Ticketmaster outlets (800-745-3000) or at the box office at the Sands Event Center (610-297-7414). Tickets also can be purchased online at www.peltzboxing.com, www.SandsEventCenter.com and www.Ticketmaster.com. Luxury suite tickets at $130 apiece also are available. 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).
NBC Sports Network will televise the Cruz-Smith, Kovalev-Thompson and Rosado-Whittaker fights, beginning at 9 pm (ET).
The card is being promoted by Main Events and Peltz Boxing Promotions, Inc., in association with the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem.
NBC SPORTS NETWORK FIGHT NIGHT SCHEDULE (All Times ET)
Friday, September 21, 9-11pm – Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem
Saturday, December 8, 9-11 pm – Site TBA
To find the location of the NBC Sports Network on your local cable, satellite or IPTV provider, click here:http://www.nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/30092015/ns/sports/