Welterweight Ronald Cruz looks for his 19th professional win on Thursday night (Photo courtesy of Team Cruz).
Written by John Archibald, Resolution Sports
Welterweight Ronald Cruz (18-2, 13 KOs) will be seeking out his second straight win on Thursday night, facing Alberto Morales (11-2-1, 8 KOs) in front a hometown crowd at the Sands Casino in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. After beginning his professional career with 17 consecutive victories, Cruz suffered a pair of defeats, but the humble 26-year-old says that the setbacks were something that have refocused him on his craft and will lead to positive results in the future.
“Every time now since my last loss, I want to be 110% and make sure I’m completely ready to go out there and show my best,” he stated. “I don’t think I showed my best in my losses. Knowing that I didn’t give my best and ended up losing, I want to make sure that every time I go out there going forward, I’m giving my best effort.”
Cruz handled the first blemishes on his professional record with class, and he maintains a good attitude when asked how the blows can benefit him in future bouts.
“I think those losses are going to help me when I get back to that level again,” he predicted. “Once I get back to that level, I want to make sure I hold onto it. Every time I go out there now, I’m looking to make a statement. This Thursday, I’m really looking to make a statement.”
Boxing can certainly be a harsh game, and many people in the sport tend to give the cold shoulder to a fighter when his zero is erased in the loss column. However, Cruz warns his detractors that they are making a poor decision when it comes to him.
“Anyone who is counting me out is making a big mistake,” he countered. “I’m still young. I’m talented, and it’s a good thing that people haven’t seen the best of me yet. When they do see it, they are going to be very surprised at what they are seeing. Now I know my mistakes. I know what I’ve done wrong in camp and in fights. Now I’m ready to go out there and show my best every time I fight.”
The bout on Thursday night marks the fifth consecutive fight for the Bethlehem native at the Sands Casino, something the young fighter does not take for granted at all.
“It’s very special to get the support from all of the fans,” he confirmed. “Words can’t explain the appreciation I have for everybody who supports me. I’m not a cocky guy. I’m a humble person. I get along with everybody, and I’m just glad that everybody appreciates all the hard work that I put in when I’m in the gym.”
In terms of what those supporters can expect when he steps through the ropes for the feature contest on Thursday evening, Cruz wanted to assure the fans that they will get a show.
“Every time I come out there, expect fireworks,” he remarked. “Expect me to come out there from the first round and not start off slow like I used to do. I’m going to go out there and do everything that I have been doing in the gym. Expect everything to start coming out in the first 10 seconds of the fight.”
Doors for this show at Sands Casino open at 7:30 p.m., with the first bell ringing at 8:00 p.m. Fighting in the co-feature bout of the evening will be a pair of young junior lightweights, with Camden’s Jason Sosa (9-1-3, 5 KOs) facing Tyrone Luckey (5-3-1, 5 KOs) of Middletown, New Jersey.