Cruz remains perfect

Bryant “Pee Wee” Cruz, middle, sits with his trainers and promoters at a pre-fight press conference on May 2. On May 16, Cruz won his 11th professional fight with a unanimous decision over the rugged Osnel Charles. Photos/Bobby Begun

Bryant “Pee Wee” Cruz, middle, sits with his trainers and promoters at a pre-fight press conference on May 2. On May 16, Cruz won his 11th professional fight with a unanimous decision over the rugged Osnel Charles. Photos/Bobby Begun

On May 16, lightweight boxer Bryant “Pee Wee” Cruz kept his perfect record intact with a unanimous decision win over Osnel Charles at Foxwoods Resort Casino, improving his professional mark to 11-0.

Although Cruz wasn’t perfect against the hard-charging Charles (10-8-1), his trainer, Ryan O’Leary, said the one-sided decision was a testament to his charge’s skill.

“He won all the rounds, landed some hellacious punches, but I think he was a little flat,” O’Leary said. “I think maybe because this was his most experienced opponent to date, he didn’t really go all out. But if this was 50 percent of Pee Wee, it was still better than 100 percent of his opponent because this guy came looking to fight.”

Charles’ aggression was on display well before the opening bell as some pre-fight theatrics and his unwillingness to touch gloves before the bout rubbed some in attendance the wrong way.

Cruz kept his cool despite the antagonism.

“He handled it better than I did,” O’Leary said. “He didn’t lose his composure; he’s not falling into that trap. He knew what his job was and he went out and did it.”

The win was Cruz’s first under the banners his new co-promoters, New Legend Boxing and DiBella Entertainment. O’Leary said tentative plans have been made for the Port Chester native to fight again on July 23—a possible tune-up before he could score his first television fight on a
premium channel.

“If it goes well, we’re looking for the fight after that to be on one of the ShoBox cards,” O’Leary said. “One of the fights that’s televised.”

Cruz will take a few days before getting back in the gym as he mends from a few bumps and bruises he sustained in the Charles fight.

“It was a rugged fight, he got a black eye, the first little cut,” O’Leary said. “He wanted to come in [Monday], but I got him to stay out of the gym until Thursday, which is pretty hard to do.”

-Reporting by Mike Smith

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