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Juan Carlos Burgos: Cruz Thought it Was an Easy Fight

By Ryan Burton

Featherweight contender Juan Carlos Burgos told The Boxing Lab, BoxingScene.com's official audio show that he feels that Luis Cruz overlooked him in their fight this past Saturday in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Burgos, who moved up to 130 pounds for the fight, feels the Puerto Rican fighter was already looking ahead to future fights including a potential title shot.

"They thought it was going to be an easy fight. They didn't give me any credit. At the press conference they said they would be a champ in 2012. This was a very big fight for me," Burgos told The Boxing Lab's Ernie Gabion. 

Burgos said that they formulated their game plan based in part on Cruz's fight versus Martin Honrio that took place this past April.

"We saw his fight before with Honorio and he was hitting him with a lot of left hooks so that was our strategy. After I hit the hooks early on he didn't have as much movement so I knew the hooks were working. We were using them from the head to the body,". Burgos told The Boxing Lab.

Burgos said that they wanted to apply pressure on Cruz from the opening bell. Based on the Honorio fight, he didn't think Cruz would be abe to withstand the pressure.

"Our plan was to pressure him from the opening rounds and that is what we did," said Burgos.

Cruz started to come on late but it was a case of too little too late. When asked if he was tiring towards the end of the fight, Cruz responded by saying, "I wasn't tired at all. I was in great condition. Early on I connected on Cruz a lot. My strategy was to move around later on to frustrate Cruz and make him make mistakes."

Send questions or comments to [email protected] Follow Ryan on Twitter @ringsidewriter and tune in to The Boxing Lab, Boxingscene's official audio on Tuesdays. The show is hosted by Ernie Gabion, Luis Sandoval and Ryan Burton

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by vacon04 on 11-16-2011

[QUOTE=cotto#1p4p;11431886]LOL Honorio got robbed? You guys are some delusional fan boys for your countryman. Good win for Burgos but Cruz would beat him if they meet down the road, he just didn't throw enough punches in the early rounds. It…

Comment by Eaner0919 on 11-16-2011

[quote=saul alvarez;11434711]no excuses this time from the pr fighter? no gel hair in the eye?[/quote] nah just his fans

Comment by richardt on 11-16-2011

Must have been a LONG FUKING PEE to not be able to warmup properly!!!!!!!!!! Maybe he couldn't fart properly either!!!! No, I got it - his butt itched and he couldn't scratch it!! Thats it!!

Comment by richardt on 11-16-2011

Back by popular demand - one of the worst excuses ever!!!! >>>>>>>>[QUOTE=cotto#1p4p;11432510]Cruz had to take the drug test before the fight and he couldn't pee until almost fight time. So he wasn't able to warm up properly and he said…

Comment by richardt on 11-16-2011

[QUOTE=saul alvarez;11434711]no excuses this time from the pr fighter? no gel hair in the eye?[/QUOTE] Check an older post on this thread...you won't believe it - an excuse came in that said it was because Cruz couldn't pee in time…

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