Ring City USA’s first trip to the East Coast will be supported by a featherweight title bout.
WBA featherweight champion Jelena Mrjdenovich (41-10-2, 19 KO) will defend her title against Erika Cruz Hernandez in the co-main event bout of the April 22 Ring City USA card. The show, to be televised on NBC Sports Network, will take place at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in New York.
This will be Mrjdenovich’s second go-around at Ring City after she made her series debut last December at the Wild Card Gym in California. Last December, Mrjdenovich scored a 10-round unanimous decision victory against Iranda Paola Torres to retain the WBA title. Mrjdenovich is unbeaten in her last six world title bouts.
Cruz (12-1, 3 KO) is ranked No. 6 by the WBA at featherweight and fighting in her first world title bout. Cruz has not lost a fight since 2016 and has been victorious in her last 11 bouts. Back in February, Cruz returned to the ring for the first time in almost 18 months and won an eight-round decision against Leticia Uribe.
Mrjdenovich and current unified WBO and WBC champion Amanda Serrano have fought on Ring City USA in the past. After Serrano’s win against Daniela Bermudez on a Ring City card in March, Serrano stated that she wants to unify the women’s 126-pound division, which would mean a showdown with Mrjdenovich to make that happen.
Ring City USA also announced that unbeaten junior welterweight prospects Juan Pablo Romero and Jonathan Navarro will face off in a 10-round junior welterweight matchup. Romero (13-0, 9 KO) will be fighting for the second time in less than six months, emerging victorious against Sergio Torres last November in Mexico. Navarro (17-0, 9 KO) has not fought since October 2019 when he defeated Lebin Morales on the undercard of a Golden Boy Promotions card in California. Morales was dropped twice in the fight before his corner threw in the towel.
Heavyweights Jermaine Franklin and Stephan Shaw will face off in the main event of the card. In addition, Ring City will highlight the West Point Boxing Team by presenting intramural scrimmages on the undercard.