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Antwone Smith vs. Ronald Cruz Set For Sept. 21 on NBC

Miami, FL—Rugged welterweight Antwone Smith, who has been on the verge of the world rankings in recent years, eyes his upcoming fight with Ronald Cruz as perhaps his last chance to get back into the big-time.

Smith and Cruz meet in a scheduled 12-round contest for Cruz’ WBC Continental Americas title on Friday evening, Sept. 21, at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem.  It is part of the NBC Sports Network Fight Series card.

Joining Smith and Cruz in the televised triple-header:  Gabriel Campillo, of Madrid, Spain, vs. Sergey Kovalev, of Chelyabinsk, Russia, 10 rounds, light-heavyweights;  Charles Whittaker, of Georgetown, Cayman Islands, vs. Gabriel Rosado, Philadelphia, PA, 12 rounds, IBF junior middleweight eliminator.

“I’m ready and I feel this is my last opportunity to get the big fights I’ve wanted and worked for,” Smith said.  “Come Sept. 21 you all will see a very determined man in the ring.

"It is a dream fight on NBC.  I’m very excited.  I want to thank my manager Don Herron and my trainer Chills Davis for getting me prepared for this opportunity.

A pro since 2006, the 25-year-old Smith is 21-4-1, 12 K0s.  Though he is only 3-3 in his last six fights, Smith has been in tough matches with Roberto Garcia, of Weslaco, TX, Kermit Cintron, of Reading, PA, and Lanardo Tyner, of Detroit, MI.

Smith’s biggest wins have come against Henry Crawford, of Paterson, NJ, and Richard Gutierrez, of Miami, FL.

“Cruz better be in shape because I am,” Smith said.  “This is my last big shot.  I’m going to put it all on the line; it’s do or die.”

The 25-year-old Cruz is 17-0, 12 K0s.  He won the vacant WBC Continental Americas welterweight title in his last fight June 1 when he out-pointed Prenice Brewer, of Cleveland, OH, at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem.

Cruz currently is ranked No. 10 in the world by the WBC, No. 11 by the IBF.

In his only other fight in 2012, Cruz pounded out a 10-round decision over Allen Conyers, of the Bronx, NY, on Feb. 25 at Bally’s Atlantic City.

The only foe common to both men is Martinus Clay, of Winston-Salem, NC.  Smith and Cruz each beat Clay by knockout in 2010--Smith in five rounds, Cruz in three.

Four additional bouts complete the Sept. 21 card.  First fight 7.15pm.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Evil Abed on 08-28-2012

Return of grunter. Loudest weakling P4P.

Comment by nycsmooth on 08-28-2012

Smith, who was a bright prospect has turned in2 an oppenent, nothing more the past 2 yr,laying inside , hooking weakly, showing nothing but an attitude 2 surive..ezy win for Cruz...loss of talent & opportunity 4 Smith, ashame w/o much…

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