WBA Featherweight World Title Fight: Champion Jelena Mrdjenovich (41-10-2, 19 KO) vs. Erika Cruz (12-1, 3 KO)
Juan Pablo Romero (13-0, 9 KO) vs. Denier Berrio (22-2-1, 13 KO)
Bobirzhan Mominov (12-0, 8 KO) vs. Angel Ruiz (16-1, 12 KO)
Commentators: Bob Papa, Shawn Porter, Brian Campbell, Curran Bhatia; Special Guest Commentator WBO Super Featherweight World Titlist & Former U.S. Marine Jamel Herring
STAMFORD, Conn. – April 21, 2021 – NBC Sports presents Ring City USA boxing tomorrow night, Thursday, April 22 with main and co-main event bouts live at 9 p.m. ET on NBCSN, as professional boxing comes to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point for the first time.
Tomorrow’s event from West Point, N.Y., features a three-fight main card highlighted by three-time division champion Jelena Mrdjenovich (41-10-2, 19 KO) making the sixth defense of her WBA Featherweight World Title against Mexico’s Erika Cruz (12-1, 3 KO). Mrdjenovich returns to Ring City USA following her fifth world title defense, a 10-round unanimous decision victory against Iranda Paolo Torres on Dec. 17, 2020 at the Wild Card Boxing Gym in Los Angeles, Calif.
In the co-main events, Juan Pablo Romero (13-0, 9 KO) makes his United State debut against Denier Berrio (22-2-1, 13 KO) in an eight-round junior welterweight fight, and Kazakhstan’s Bobirzhan Mominov (12-0, 8 KO) takes on Tijuana’s Angel Ruiz (16-1, 12 KO) in an eight-round welterweight contest.
Thursday night’s show from West Point features special guest commentator Jamel Herring, who is the WBO Super Featherweight World Titlist and a former member of the United States Marine Corps, having served two tours of duty in Iraq.
Ring City USA made its debut on Nov. 19 with inaugural matches on NBCSN, which featured O’Shaquie Foster’s KO victory against Miguel Roman. In October, NBC Sports Group and Ring City USA announced a partnership to televise a series of boxing matches on NBCSN through 2021.
The partnership consists of a series of two-hour match slates on Thursday evenings at 9 p.m. ET on NBCSN throughout 2021.
NBC Sports has brought boxing to millions of viewers across the country beginning with the first-ever live televised fight in 1939, when Lou Nova defeated Max Baer at Yankee Stadium. Over the decades to follow, NBC Sports’ coverage of the sport showcased stars including Joe Louis, “Sugar” Ray Robinson, Rocky Marciano, Muhammad Ali, “Sugar” Ray Leonard, Marvin Hagler, and Larry Holmes.
- Play-by-play – Bob Papa
- Analyst – Former two-time welterweight champion Shawn Porter
- Analyst – Veteran combat sportswriter Brian Campbell
- Ringside reporter – Emmy nominated-producer Curran Bhatia
- Guest Commentator – WBO Super Featherweight World Title holder and former U.S. Marine Jamel Herring
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HOW TO WATCH – TOMORROW, THURSDAY, APRIL 22
|Thurs., April 22||NBCSN||9 p.m. – 11 p.m. (LIVE)|
- STREAMING: All coverage also streams on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app.
- Location: U.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y.
- Featherweights: WBA Featherweight World Champion Jelena Mrdjenovich (41-10-2, 19 KO) Erika Cruz (12-1, 3 KO); 10 rounds
- Junior Welterweights: Juan Pablo Romero (13-0, 9 KO) Denier Berrio (22-2-1, 13 KO); Eight rounds
- Welterweights: Bobirzhan Mominov (12-0, 8 KO) vs. Angel Ruiz (16-1, 12 KO); Eight rounds