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Jelena Mrdjenovich will defend her WBA featherweight title against Erika Cruz Hernandez of Mexico City Thursday night, it was announced Monday afternoon.
The 10-round bout will take place at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York, and will headline a three-bout Ring City USA telecast (NBC Sports Network, 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT).
The clash between Mrdjenovich and Cruz was elevated to main event status after the heavyweight bout between unbeaten Stephen Shaw and Jermaine Franklin was postponed after Franklin tested positive for COVID-19.
Mrdjenovich (41-10-2, 19 knockouts) last fought on December 17, defeating Mexico’s Iranda Torres by unanimous decision. The fight took place 15 months after Mrdjenovich defeated another fighter from Mexico, Marisol Corona, by majority decision.
The 38-year-old suffered her last defeat to Edith Matthysse in August 2015, but avenged the loss to the Argentine fighter over seven months later, winning the WBA title in the process. Mrdjenovich has since gone unbeaten in her next six fights.
Mrdjenovich is on a collision course with WBC/WBO titleholder Amanda Serrano, who stopped Daniela Bermudez on March 25 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Serrano and Mrdjenovich, who resides in Edmonton, Canada, are ranked No. 1 and 2 at featherweight, respectively, by The Ring.
Cruz (12-1, 3 KOs) defeated Leticia Uribe by unanimous decision in her last bout on February 20. Cruz scored a knockdown in Round 6 in the one-sided victory. The 30-year-old has not lost since her second pro fight, which was by majority decision to Alondra Gonzalez Flores in June 2016.
In the co-feature, junior welterweight prospect Juan Pablo Romero will square off against Deiner Berrio (22-2-1, 13 KOs) of Colombia in a 10-round bout.
Romero (13-0, 9 KOs) was scheduled to face unbeaten Jonathan Navarro in an intriguing clash of unbeaten fighters, but Navarro reportedly pulled out of the fight with an undisclosed injury. Romero, who is promoted by Promociones del Pueblo, will be making his U.S. debut.
Romero notched a lopsided-decision victory over Sergio Torres in his last bout on November 28 in Mexico City, not far from his hometown of Villa del Carbon. The victory over Torres snapped a string of four consecutive knockout victories.
Berrio, who resides in Santiago de Tolu, Colombia, has won his last two bouts by knockout after back-to-back decision losses to Pavel Malikov and Zaur Abdullaev.
In the opening bout of the NBC Sports Network telecast, welterweight prospect Bobirzhan Mominov (12-0, 8 KOs), who is originally from Kazakhstan and now resides in Bermuda Dunes, California, will face Angel Ruiz (16-1, 12 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico, in an eight-round bout.
On Thursday night, Ring City USA will return with another high-stakes world title main event when Jelena Mrdjenovich makes the sixth defense of her WBA Featherweight World Title against Erika Cruz Hernandez, live from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. and on NBC Sports Network. The main card on NBCSN will feature two additional bouts beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT, with a three-fight undercard beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT around the world on Twitch.
The previously announced main event heavyweight clash between undefeated contenders Jermaine Franklin (20-0, 13 KOs) and Stephan Shaw (14-0, 10 KOs) was postponed due to Franklin testing positive for COVID-19.
Mrdjenovich (41-10-2, 19 KOs) returns to the Ring City USA squared circle following her fifth world title defense, a 10-round unanimous decision victory against Iranda Paolo Torres on December 17, 2020 at the Wild Card Boxing Gym in Los Angeles, Calif. The three-division world champion won the WBA world title in March 2016 defeating champion Edith Matthysse. A pioneer for women’s boxing in her home country of Canada, Mrdjenovich, 38, is currently the second-ranked featherweight in the world by Ring Magazine, behind only recent Ring City victor Amanda Serrano.
The upset-minded Cruz Hernandez (12-1-0, 3 KOs) will be challenging for her first world title. The 30-year-old southpaw is currently riding an 11-bout winning streak including victories over world ranked contenders Vissia Trovato and Jocelyn Morales Torres. As an amateur, the Mexico City native bested 2012 U.S. Olympian Queen Underwood.
Making his United States debut, heavy-handed Juan Pablo Romero (13-0, 9 KOs) arrives for battle following a ten-round unanimous decision over Sergio Torres on November 28, 2020 in Mexico City, Mexico. Prior to his most recent outing, Romero, 31, has faced top competition for a rising prospect and performed well by knocking out four consecutive opponents within the first four rounds.
Romero will face Deiner Berrio (22-2-1, 13 KOs) who returns to the ring following back-to-back knockout wins in his two most recent performances. In his last fight in August 2019, Berrio scored an impressive knockout of Gustavo Sandoval in the second round in his second career bout at 140 pounds. Thursday’s fight against Romero will mark his U.S. debut. Romero was previously scheduled to fight undefeated prospect Jonathan Navarro who was forced to withdraw with an injury.
Now added to the NBC Sports Network telecast, Kazakhstan’s Bobirzhan Mominov (12-0, 8 KOs) will face the most difficult test of his professional career when he takes on Angel Ruiz (16-1, 12 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico in a welterweight fight scheduled for eight rounds. Now fighting out of California, the unbeaten 29-year-old prospect notched two impressive decision wins in 2020 as he continues his ascension to contender status. Standing in his way is the hungry 23-year-old Ruiz, who is trained by Manny Robles out of Southern California and returns to the ring after a nearly 18-month layoff following his first professional loss in 2019.
Bonus undercard action will stream live around the world on Twitch with West Point cadets taking center stage in amateur contests at 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT.
Armed Forces Network Europe and Pacific will also make the broadcast available to U.S. Forces serving overseas on AFN TV.
Main Card on NBC Sports Network
9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT
WBA Featherweight World Title Fight – 10 Rounds
Jelena Mrdjenovich (41-10-2, 19 KOs) vs. Erika Cruz Hernandez (12-1, 3 KOs)
Junior Welterweight – 8 Rounds
Juan Pablo Romero (13-0, 9 KOs) vs. Denier Berrio (22-2-1, 13 KOs)
Welterweight Fight – 8 Rounds
Bobirzhan Mominov (12-0, 8 KOs) vs. Angel Ruiz (16-1, 12 KOs)
Bonus Undercard on Twitch
6:30 p.m ET/3:30 p.m. PT
Super Middleweight Fight – 8 Rounds
Christian Mbilli (17-0, 16 KOs) vs. Jesus Antonio Gutierrez (27-4-2, 14 KOs)
Featherweight Fight – 6 Rounds
Jalan Walker (8-0, 7 KOs) who will battle Angel Antonio Contreras (11-4-1, 7 KOs)
Junior Lightweight Fight – 4 Rounds
Daniel Bailey (3-0, 2 KOs) vs. Luis Alvarado (1-2)
For the 54th time in her career, Jelena Mrdjenovich is taking things one fight at a time.
A lot of changes have come with her upcoming bout versus Erika Cruz, beginning with the intention of facing Amanda Serrano in a three-belt featherweight title unification match. Her attention shifted instead to her next title defense, which was to be part of the next edition of Ring City USA.
It now serves as the headlining act and the first ever major title fight to take place at the historic U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York (Thursday, NBC Sports Network, 9:00 p.m. ET).
“It all comes from just living in the moment, taking things from fight to fight,” Mrdjenovich told BoxingScene.com in advance of the sixth attempted title defense of her third featherweight title reign. “It’s an honor to headline this card, to be part of something historic. I’ve been making history throughout my career. The more I can make, the more exciting it is.”
Edmonton’s Mrdjenovich (41-10-2, 19KOs) fights in the United States for just the second time in her 18-year career, coming in back-to-back fights. The three-division and reigning WBA featherweight titlist is coming off of a hard-fought 10-round decision win over Iranda Paola Torres last December at Wild Card Boxing Gym in Hollywood, California. The win over Torres—which served as part of a Ring City USA telecast—came with heavy emotion, as Mrdjenovich was without her head trainer and mentor, Milan Lubovac who suffered a cardiac arrest earlier in the year and has since passed. She has since joined forces with Johnathon Banks, a former cruiserweight and heavyweight turned trainer who currently mans the corner of middleweight titlist Gennadiy Golovkin and remains best known for serving as the final trainer in the career of retired former heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko.
“It would be hard to compare to the last training camp considering everything I went through. We were dealing with the loss of my longtime trainer and mental. This camp, all of the stress is gone. My body feels good, I’m not training through all of the emotions I went through in my last camp.
“In 54 fights (come Thursday), I can honestly say that this is the best in quite a while.”
There was once hopes of this fight coming in the form of a WBC/WBA/WBO unification showdown with Serrano (40-1-1, 30KOs) in the first quarter of 2021. Those plans never materialized, with Mrdjenovich’s WBC title reign downgraded to “Champion Emeritus” following a negotiation period she essentially described as a non-starter.
“There’s not a lot to discuss,” insists Mrdjenovich. “I wasn’t given a reasonable offer. Now fast forward to where we are, that’s exactly what happened. All of the things that occurred, we went through the negotiation process and the offer was garbage.
“It was supposed to go to purse bid but COVID has been challenging for everybody. It is what it is. As much as we love to fight, business is business and the business side of it didn’t make any sense to me.”
Mrdjenovich instead focuses on Mexico City’s Cruz (12-1, 3KOs), a streaking contender from Mexico City who has won her last 11 starts. The bout will mark the first fight in the U.S. for Cruz, a 5’6” southpaw who also challenges for her first major title.
“She has a good amateur career and she’s coming to take my titles,” notes Mrdjenovich. “She is in great shape, she leads with her head a bit. A southpaw can always make for an awkward and unconventional fight.
Hopefully we can box well and that it doesn’t turn into a sloppy brawl. I always strive to give great fights. Hopefully this will be one of them.”
A win by Mrdjenovich will increase demand for a clash with Serrano to determine featherweight supremacy. That fight will come back into discussion after April 22nd, and not a moment sooner—and also not on anything less than her desired terms.
“Every move in my career has always been fight to fight. I’ve always just lived in that moment,” notes Mrdjenovich, who is 17-6-1 (7KOs) in title fights. “During everything we’ve experienced in COVID, one thing I’ve really learned is just to appreciate that moment in time.
“Of course, I’d love to be the unified champ, making more money. But I’m not a dreamer, I prefer to forge forward toward that goal rather than just talk about it.”