Unbeaten featherweight prospect Javier “El Abejon” Fortuna (19-0, 14 KOs) will step in to face former IBF featherweight champion Cristobal “Lacandón” Cruz (39-13, 23 KOs) on July 6, at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, and televised live on ESPN Friday Night Fights. An injury to original main event participant Marvin Sonsona left an opening on the Sampson Boxing and Greg Cohen Promotions show entitled “The Moment of Truth”, which Fortuna and Cruz have eagerly jumped in to fill.
In the televised co-feature that night, Russian heavyweight power puncher Magomed “Mago” Abdusalamov (14-0, 14 KOs) will defend his WBC United States (USNBC) Silver Heavyweight Championship in a 10-round battle against fellow up-and-coming heavyweight Maurice “Freight Train” Byarm (13-1-1, 9 KOs), son of former pro boxer Lionel Byarm.
Headlining the undercard, popular heavyweight and current interim PABA Heavyweight Champion “Bronco” Billy Wright (37-4, 28 KOs) will continue his successful comeback in a 10-round bout. Also scheduled to fight six-round bouts are super middleweight Carlos De Leon Jr (21-3-2, 14 KOs), middleweight KO artist Bastie Samir (10-0-1, 10 KOs); and featherweight Rocco Santomauro (8-0).