Mrdjenovich vs Hernandez - NBCSN - April 22

Mrdjenovich vs Hernandez – NBCSN – April 22

MRDJENOVICH VS. CRUZ OFFICIAL WEIGHTS – Main Card Begins Tomorrow at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT on NBCSN, Bonus Undercard Action Streams Live at 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT on Twitch (photo by Tom Hogan – Hoganphotos/Ring City USA)

The previously announced main event heavyweight clash between undefeated contenders Jermaine Franklin (20-0, 13 KOs) and Stephan Shaw (14-0, 10 KOs) was postponed due to Franklin testing positive for COVID-19.

All fighters successfully weighed in today ahead of Thursday’s Ring City USA event headlined by the high-stakes world title main event between WBA Featherweight World Champion Jelena Mrdjenovich and Erika Cruz, live from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. The main card on NBC Sports Network will feature two additional bouts beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT, with a three-fight professional undercard and amateur bouts featuring West Point cadets beginning at 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT around the world on Twitch.

In the co-main event of the evening on NBC Sports Network, the heavy-handed Juan Pablo Romero (13-0, 9 KOs) will take on veteran Deiner Berrio (22-2-1, 13 KOs) in a ten-round welterweight clash which marks both fighters’ U.S. debut.  Rounding out the NBCSN telecast is an eight-round welterweight fight featuring Kazakhstan’s Bobirzhan Mominov (12-0, 8 KOs) facing the most difficult test of his professional career when he takes on Angel Ruiz (16-1, 12 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico, now residing in Los Angeles, Calif.

Headlining the Twitch undercard broadcast, which begins at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT, 25-year-old Christian Mbilli (17-0, 16 KOs) will return to take on rugged ring veteran Jesus Antonio Gutierrez (27-4-2, 14 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico in a super middleweight fight scheduled for eight rounds. Highlighted on the Twitch undercard is undefeated phenom Jalan Walker (8-0, 7 KOs) who will battle Angel Antonio Contreras (11-4-1, 7 KOs) in a featherweight fight scheduled for six rounds. In the opening professional fight of the evening, undefeated prospect Daniel Bailey (3-0, 2 KOs) faces Luis Alvarado (1-2) in a four-round junior lightweight fight.


Mrdjenovich (41-10-2, 19 KOs) returns to the Ring City USA squared circle following her fifth world title defense, a 10-round unanimous decision victory against Iranda Paolo Torres on December 17, 2020 at the Wild Card Boxing Gym in Los Angeles, Calif. The three-division world champion won the WBA world title in March 2016 defeating champion Edith Matthysse. A pioneer for women’s boxing in her home country of Canada, Mrdjenovich, 38, is currently the second-ranked featherweight in the world by Ring Magazine, behind only recent Ring City victor Amanda Serrano.

The upset-minded Cruz Hernandez (12-1-0, 3 KOs) will be challenging for her first world title. The 30-year-old southpaw is currently riding an 11-bout winning streak including victories over world ranked contenders Vissia Trovato and Jocelyn Morales Torres. As an amateur, the Mexico City native bested 2012 U.S. Olympian Queen Underwood.

Making his United States debut, heavy-handed Juan Pablo Romero (13-0, 9 KOs) arrives for battle following a ten-round unanimous decision over Sergio Torres on November 28, 2020 in Mexico City, Mexico. Prior to his most recent outing, Romero, 31, has faced top competition for a rising prospect and performed well by knocking out four consecutive opponents within the first four rounds.

Romero will face Deiner Berrio (22-2-1, 13 KOs) who returns to the ring following back-to-back knockout wins in his two most recent performances. In his last fight in August 2019, Berrio scored an impressive knockout of Gustavo Sandoval in the second round in his second career bout at 140 pounds. Thursday’s fight against Romero will mark his U.S. debut. Romero was previously scheduled to fight undefeated prospect Jonathan Navarro who was forced to withdraw with an injury.

Now added to the NBC Sports Network telecast, Kazakhstan’s Bobirzhan Mominov (12-0, 8 KOs) will face the most difficult test of his professional career when he takes on Angel Ruiz (16-1, 12 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico in a welterweight fight scheduled for eight rounds. Now fighting out of California, the unbeaten 29-year-old prospect notched two impressive decision wins in 2020 as he continues his ascension to contender status. Standing in his way is the hungry 23-year-old Ruiz, who is trained by Manny Robles out of Southern California and returns to the ring after a nearly 18-month layoff following his first professional loss in 2019.

Bonus undercard action will stream live around the world on Twitch with West Point cadets taking center stage in amateur contests at 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT.

Armed Forces Network Europe and Pacific will also make the broadcast available to U.S. Forces serving overseas on AFN TV.

Main Card on NBC Sports Network 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT

Official weights and officials from West Point:

WBA Featherweight World Title Fight – 10 Rounds

Jelena Mrdjenovich – 125.2 lbs.

Erika Cruz – 125. 8 lbs.

Referee: Benjy Esteves

Judges: John Basile, Glenn Feldman, Robin Taylor

Welterweight Fight – 10 Rounds

Juan Pablo Romero – 143 lbs.

Denier Berrio – 141.8 lbs.

Referee: Ricky Gonzalez

Judges: Mark Consentino, Allen Nace, Steve Weisfeld

Welterweight Fight – 8 Rounds

Bobirzhan Mominov – 146.2 lbs.

Angel Ruiz – 146.6 lbs.

Referee: Charlie Fitch

Judges: Ken Ezzo, Eric Marlinksi, James Pierce

Super Middleweight Fight – 8 Rounds

Christian Mbilli – 167.4 lbs.

Jesus Antonio Gutierrez – 167.4 lbs.

Referee: Jamil Antoine

Judges: Ken Ezzo, Eric Marlinski, James Piece

Featherweight Fight – 6 Rounds

Jalan Walker – 125.8 lbs.

Angel Antonio Contreras – 126.4 lbs.

Referee: Ricky Gonzalez

Judges: Mark Consentino, Allen Nace, Steve Weisfeld

Junior Lightweight Fight – 4 Rounds

Daniel Bailey – 129.6 lbs.

Luis Alvarado – 130 lbs.

Referee: Jamil Antoine

Judges: Mark Consentino, Allen Nace, James Pierce


Apr 22 2021


9:00 PM - 11:00 PM

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  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Apr 22 2021
  • Time: 9:00 PM - 11:00 PM
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