Christian Carto Boxes Victor Ruiz On
'Philly Special' Feb. 8 At 2300 Arena
Undefeated bantamweight prospect Christian Carto, of South
Philadelphia, faces veteran southpaw Victor Ruiz, of San
Diego, CA in the eight-round main event Friday evening, Feb.
8, at the 2300 Arena.
The Carto-Ruiz fight tops an eight-fight card, dubbed the
"Philly Special" by promoter Michelle Rosado, of Raging
Babe, in her first solo promotion in Philadelphia.
Carto, 22, has won all 17 of his pro fights, 11 by knockout.
A pro since mid-2016, Carto has developed into one of the
most popular fighters in the Philadelphia/Atlantic City
area. In his last fight Nov. 9, Carto earned a six-round
decision over Antonio Rodriguez, of Durango, Mexico.
Ruiz, 27, comes into the fight the more experienced of the
two. He turned pro in 2011 and has boxed some of the best
"little men" in the world. In 2015, in Corpus Christi, TX,
he got off the canvas in the second round and went on to win
an eight-round split decision over former IBF world super
flyweight champion Daiki Kameda, of Tokyo, Japan.
Ruiz also boxed former WBC world-title challenger and
current NABF bantamweight champion Oscar Negrete, of
Rosemead, CA, losing their 2017 fight in Las Vegas, NV, via
an eight-round decision. Overall, Ruiz is 22-10, 15 KOs.
"I'm eager to test my skills against (Victor) Ruiz," said
Carto. "We've watched tape and he's got plenty of
experience. Ruiz has fought some great fighters: McWilliams
Arroyo, Oscar Negrete and current WBO Bantamweight Champion
Zolani Tete. As for 2019, I'm ready to start the year strong
and I'm happy to be back in South Philly at the 2300 Arena.
Training camp is going great. Billy (trainer Briscoe) and I
will leave no stone unturned and we'll be ready for Ruiz."
Promoter Michelle Rosado: "This is no walk-in-the-park fight
for Christian. If he wants to crack the world ratings, this
is the kind of guy he needs to fight and this is the kind of
guy he needs to beat. Ruiz has been in with some of the best
at flyweight, super fly and bantamweight."
Heavyweight Darmani Rock will fight in the card's
co-feature, with welterweight Marcel Rivers, of North
Philadelphia, heavyweight Sonny Conto, of South
Philadelphia, bantamweight Alejandro Jimenez, of New Hope,
PA, lightweight Gerardo Martinez of Coatesville, PA,
bantamweight Jonathan Torres, of Bethlehem, PA, and
bantamweight Jeremy Adorno of Allentown, PA rounding out the