‘PBC on FS1’: Miguel Cruz and Alex Martin to meet again tonight

By Francisco Salazar

Repeat or revenge?

One will take place tonight in the rematch between welterweights Miguel Cruz and Alex Martin.

The two will square off in a 10-round bout at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The fight will headline a three-bout “PBC on FS1” broadcast, beginning at 9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT.

Both fighters previously met on January 13 in Hialeah, Florida. After 10 rounds, Cruz ground out a split decision win.

Cruz (15-0, 11 knockouts), who hails from Lake Mary, Florida, followed up his win over Martin with a disqualification victory over Ali Mammadov in his most recent bout on March 24. Until the first bout with Martin, Cruz stopped 11 of his first 12 opponents.

Martin (13-1, 5 KOs), who resides in the Chicago area, has not fought since his loss to Cruz. His most notable bout as a pro occurred nearly seven months prior to the Cruz fight, an eight-round split decision over Juan Carlos Abreu.

Cruz tipped the scale at 145.8 pounds at Monday’s weigh-in, while Martin weighed in at 146.4 pounds.

In welterweight action, Clarence Booth will face hard-hitting Anthony Mercado of Puerto Rico in an eight-round bout.

Booth (14-3, 7 KOs), who hails from Saint Petersburg, Florida, has lost two of his last three bouts, to unbeaten Alex Saucedo and Sergey Lipinets. Mercado (10-2, 9 KOs) has lost his last two fights.

Featherweights Isaelin Florian (6-0, 3 KOs) and Avery Sparrow (6-1, 3 KOs) will square off in a six-round bout.

Francisco A. Salazar has written for RingTV.com since October of 2013 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (California) Star newspaper, BoxingScene.com and Knockout Nation. He can be reached by email at santio89@yahoo.com or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing.

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