Boxing returns to Queens on Saturday
by Bryan Fonseca
Sep 05, 2017 | 4834 views | 0 0 comments | 209 209 recommendations | email to a friend | print
For the first time in over a year, boxing is returning to Queens.

On September 9, Resorts World Casino will host a CBS Sports Network-televised card promoted by Real Deal Boxing, which is spearheaded by the legendary Evander Holyfield, who is still the sport’s only four-time heavyweight titlist and undisputed champion in two different weight classes.

“New York City is truly the capital of boxing, and I always felt that way when I fought here,” said Holyfield last month while announcing the card. “The toughest and best fighters and most knowledgeable and passionate fans are from here, and this show will meet the standard that this city has set for decades.”

This is only the second Real Deal Boxing event, over two months removed from its inaugural June 24th card in Kentucky.

In Queens, the event will include several undefeated prospects from the tristate area, including Brooklyn’s Julian Sosa (8-0-1, 3 KO’s), who’s growing popularity has already made waves in front of fight crowds at Barclays Center on multiple occasions.

Also on the card is Edgar Berlanga (4-0, 4 KO’s), a hard-hitting middleweight who represents Puerto Rico and Brooklyn, Luis Porozo (7-0, 3 KO’s), who currently resides in Richmond Hill, and Khalid Twaiti (1-0, 1 KO), a well-accomplished amateur who is also fighting out of Brooklyn.

The card’s ten-round main event will be a lightweight bout between Elio Rojas (24-3, 14 KO’s) and Bryant Cruz (17-2, 8 KO’s).

Rojas is a former world champion pugilist at the featherweight level, having won the WBC strap in 2009 with a record of 20 wins and one questionable defeat.

The Dominican-born Rojas, 34, has yet to reclaim world title glory, and was memorably stopped by current rising star Mikey Garcia in the latter fighter’s return to the sport last summer at Barclays.

Cruz last fought in Madison Square Garden on March 18, getting knocked out by Ryan Martin on the HBO PPV Gennady Golovkin-Danny Jacobs undercard. The Port Chester native began his career with 16 consecutive victories before faltering in two of his last three.

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