A pair of Uudefeated junior welterweight's collide in a top under-card as Kent Cruz (11-0, 6 KO's) takes on Darius Ervin (3-0) as part of a big night of boxing Saturday night at the Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, Maryland tonight.
The card, promoted by King's Promotions, will feature undefeated junior welterweight Mykal Fox battling Juan Rodriguez in the eight-round main event.
The 23 year-old Cruz is coming off his biggest win to date, when he scored an eight round unanimous decision over previously undefeated Rickey Edwards on September 3 in San Antonio. The St. Louis native is ready for another win over an undefeated opponent.
"Camp went great. I had great sparring and just good training for this bout," said Cruz. "I know Ervin is tall and rangy and likes to work from the outside."
Cruz started to generate a little buzz after his win over Edwards and he became a name on some prospect lists.
"I got good feedback after that win. It was a great win to showcase my skills, and coming back so quick is good as I need to stay busy."
Even though it was an impressive performance in the NBC Sports Network televised fight, Cruz believes he could have been even better against Edwards.
"I felt I could have stopped him. What I learned in that fight is when I get a fighter hurt and I need to finish him. I should have worked the body more and I could have stopped him."
With a win on Saturday night, Cruz sees himself making a big move in 2017.
"I am hoping for big things next year. I am looking to get in the mix for a regional title, which will get me ranked and just stay active."
Ervin, who is originally from Charlotte, North Carolina but now calls Los Angeles home, is not in the least awed by Cruz's big win over Edwards.
"My camp went well," said Ervin. "I took this fight on short notice, but that isn't a big deal. We stay ready, so we don't have to get ready. Cruz is a decent fighter, but no disrespect, I do not feel he is on my level. I just focus on what I have to do in there and not focus on him. I am on weight and ready to go."
Ervin is a strong minded fighter, who knows what a win can do for him.
"I am self motivated," he said. "He fought a good fighter in his last fight, but he didn't fight me. He doesn't have my skills. Signing with King's Promotions has given me motivation and I thank them for the opportunity.
"I don't care what [anyone's] record is, because I am in the gum everyday and I stay in shape. Weather I have a fight or not, I am always fine tuning and staying in shape. I am the King and I am ready to defend my throne. I just know I am going to bring my best and I hope he brings his."