MAIN EVENTS ANNOUNCES BIG PENNSYLVANIA SHOW
Press Release: Boxing returns to the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania on Friday June 14th with a a card that will be televised live by the NBC Sports Network beginning 9pm ET. In a ten-round heavyweight contest, Bryant Jennings of Philadelphia goea against Andrey Fedosov of Russia. Also, Sergey Kovalev faces Cornelius White of Houston in a twelve-round light heavyweight eliminator for the IBF #1 spot. In the opening televised bout, Bethlehem's Ronald Cruz hopes to rebound from his first loss as a pro when he takes on Illinois' Jaime Herrera over ten welterweight rounds.
Jennings, 28, broke into the world ratings in 2012 by winning all five of his fights, topped by wins over previously unbeaten southpaw Maurice Byarm and former WBO titlist Sergei Liakhovich. Those wins pushed Jennings' record to 16-0 with 8 KOs.
Fedosov, 27, also is riding high after knocking out veteran Darnell Wilson, of Takoma Park, MD, in his last fight April 20th in Hammond, IN, bringing his record to 24-2 with 19 KOs.
Kovalev, 30, is 20-0-1 with 18 KOs and got a career-best win, a dominant stoppage of former WBA titlist Gabriel Campillo, who made three trips to the canvas in round three. Kovalev, a Russian puncher who now fights out of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, had his previous two starts televised by NBC Sports Network.
Cornelius "Da Beast" White, 31, sports a record of 21-1 with 16 KOs. The pair will enter the ring with rather similar records, but White will have the size advantage.
In the welterweight matchup, Cruz, 26, hopes to get back on the winning track after losing for the first time when he dropped a ten-round split decision to Antwone Smith, of Miami, FL on Sept. 21st in the same ring. A pro since 2009, Cruz is 17-1 with 12 KOs.
Herrera, 24, likes to walk in and bang, a style which should make his fight with Cruz a war. A pro since 2009, Herrera is 10-2 with 5 KOs, but may have been unlucky to drop an eight-round decision to Adrian Granados (who recently boxed a ten-round draw with Kermit Cintron).