After winning the World Boxing Federation North American title last December, Atlanta’s Paul “The Truth” Delgado is ready to step things up on July 21 at the Buckhead Theatre in his hometown when he takes on New Yorker Mike “El Cangri” Ruiz for the vacant WBF Intercontinental Super Welterweight championship.
The fight will be the headliner of a show promoted by Delgado Boxing Promotions, in cooperation with Mezereon Management, that will also feature a long line of local up-and-comers on the undercard.
Paul Delgado, 26-11-1 (4), came up short in a world title-challenge against Jan Zaveck in Slovenia last year, and his quest for a new shot at world honors was kicked off with a decisive unanimous decision over “Modern Day Warrior” Ruben Galvan for the North American belt seven months ago.
Winning the Intercontinental crown on Saturday could bring him closer to a crack at WBF World Champion Sebastien Madani from France, but the 36-year-old is bound to get a stern challenge from Ruiz who is ten years his junior and a bigger puncher.
For Mike Ruiz, 16-7 (8), it will be his biggest fight to date. Luck was not on his side when he dropped two razor-thin split decisions to Daniel Sostre and Martin Wright for the New York State Welterweight title in 2009 and 2011, and when he knocked Wright down in the first round of a rematch and had him hanging on for dear life but failed to put him away before losing another decision for a minor belt.
In his most recent outing Ruiz, born in Puerto Rico but fighting out of Long Island, New York, travelled to the Dominican Republic to knock out Basilio Silva in two rounds this past March. The Delgado-encounter will be his first title-opportunity at Super Welterweight, and he will surely be looking to make the most of it.
Tickets for the Paul Delgado vs. Mike Ruiz WBF Intercontinental Super Welterweight title fight on July 21 at the Buckhead Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia, is available via: http://www.delgadoboxingpromo.net/ – General admission starts at $20.