Stay Busy On July 1 Card At
Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem
July 1, 2011
Sands Casino Resort
Bethlehem, PA—When intra-state welterweight rivals Ronald Cruz, of Bethlehem, PA, and Doel
Carrasquillo, of Lancaster, PA, square off July 1 at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem, they will be
helping other local fighters display their skills as well.
A host of Eastern Pennsylvania-based fighters representing nearby towns will fill out the undercard, which
begins at 7.30 pm in the 1,500-seat tent on the grounds of the Sands Casino.
The other scheduled six-rounder features middleweights Rashad Brown, of Upper Darby, PA, against Todd
Eriksson, of Dover, NJ.
Brown, 22, knocked out Philip Burnette, of Myrtle Beach, SC, in the first round June 3 at Harrah’s Casino,
Chester, PA. Brown, former batboy for the Philadelphia Phillies, is 4-0, 2 KOs.
Eriksson, 25, fought the same night as Brown and lost a disputed four-round decision to Fred Jenkins, Jr.
Eriksson is 3-6-2, 1 KO.
Another heavyweight, Eric Newell, who played football at Bethlehem Catholic High School and Kutztown
University, makes his local debut in a four-round fight against unbeaten John Mercurio, of Philadelphia, PA.
Newell, 28, is 1-1, 1 KO. In his last fight March 4 in Atlantic City, he lost a four-round decision to Ali Santos,
of Camden, NJ. In his pro debut last year, Newell knocked out Octavius Davis, of Wilson, NC, in two
Mercurio, 32, is 4-0, 3 KOs, and he defeated Miranda via four-round decision in his last fight April 1 at the
South Philly Arena.
Grayson Blake, of State College, PA, and Anthony Abrams, of Philadelphia, PA, collide in a four-round
junior middleweight contest.
Blake, 29, is 2-0, 1 KO. Abrams, 34, is 1-6, but has never been stopped and three of his losses were to
Pawel Wolak, Gabriel Rosado and Jose Angel Rodriguez, all current world-rated junior middleweights.
Cesar Gonzales, of Reading, PA, and Joshua Arocho, of Vineland, NJ, meet in a four-round junior
Gonzalez, 35, boxed a draw in his only pro fight May 21 in Reading, while Arocho, 22, is 1-4, 1 KO.
Welterweights Chris Plebani, of Bristol, PA, and David Navarro, of Philadelphia, PA, meet in a four-round
contest with each man looking for his first win as a pro. Plebani, 24, is 0-2; Navarro, 33, is 0-3.
Tickets for the July 1 card are priced at $51 and $78. They can be purchased by calling Peltz Boxing (215-
765-0922) or from the gift shop at the Sands Casino Resorts Bethlehem. They also are available online at
- Press Release from Peltz Boxing
- Photos courtesy of Peltz Boxing
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