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Marshall's Krantz ready for his ring return Friday

By Nathan Hague
May 18, 2017 at 4 a.m.

Above: Derrick Krantz, pictured at Athletic Performance of Texas in Longview, will defend his MMA welterweight world title against Alex Morono tonight in Shreveport. Top: Krantz puts on his gloves before a sparring session Wednesday.

Earlier this week, Derrick "D-Rock" Krantz sent out a tweet that read "Like my Kiddos say, only 5 more sleeps away. Let's do it."

The anticipation is for Friday night when Krantz returns to the ring for his first fight since Feb. 17. This time, he'll go up against Ben "The Baker" Neumann.

"I know he's a dangerous opponent," Krantz said of Neumann. "He's a jiu-jitsu guy. He likes winning his fights by submission and he's a little taller than me."

Krantz owns an overall record of 19-9 while Neumann is 12-4.

"I'm just going to go out there and fight my fight," Krantz added. "He's more comfortable on the ground so I'll make him more uncomfortable standing up and if he does go to the ground, I'll punish him for being there, make it uncomfortable for being on the ground as well."

Friday night's fight will take part in Minnesota and the last time Krantz fought there, he defeated local legend Brock Larson for the Legacy Fights Welterweight Title.

There's only one more sleep left until Krantz returns to the ring but he says his don't quite grasp what is happening.

"They're still a little too young to understand it but I'm sure that when daddy comes back with a shiny new belt that they'll be ecstatic about it," Krantz said.

Friday's night is slated to begin at 8 p.m. and will be televised live on AXSTV.

The fights I believe start 8 p.m. but I'm the main event so I won't be fighting until later that night," Krantz said.

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