Pitbull Cruz, Ruiz Jr. To Feature On Crawford Card

Isaac Cruz and Andy Ruiz Jr. will feature on Terence Crawford vs. Israil Madrimov’s card. 

The card is expected to take place on August 3, with the reported help of the Saudis and Eddie Hearn. Cruz will defend his WBA Junior Welterweight Title after stopping Rolando Romero in his last fight. The victory made Cruz a social media sensation, with Paulie Malignaggi describing Cruz as the ‘second hottest Mexican fighter,’ behind Canelo Alvarez. Pitbull is expected to face fellow Mexican Jose Valenzuela, who defeated Chris Colbert last December.

Ruiz has been out of the ring since 2022, when he beat Luis Ortiz. The Mexican has not discovered the form that made him the former Unified Heavyweight Champion when he stopped Anthony Joshua. At 34, Ruiz cannot afford any further inactivity if he desires to secure a world title shot. He is expected to face Jarrell Miller, who was stopped by Daniel Dubois last year.  

Elsewhere, former three-division champion Abner Mares could box Leo Santa Cruz in a trilogy. Santa Cruz is ready to fight, having been out of action since February 2022, when he beat Keenan Carbajal. The bout has not been finalized, but boxing fans have plenty to look forward to with a stacked card. 

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