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Luis Cruz is Aiming For a Title Shot in Early 2012

By Rey Colon

Unbeaten Luis "El Artesano" Cruz, who in all likelihood will take on Juan Carlos Burgos (27-1, 19 KOs) on November 12 for NABO title at 130 pounds, said he expects to fight for a major world title in early 2012. Cruz, 19-0 and 15 knockouts, will be making his second ring outing for Top Rank. Cruz-Burgos is positioned for the pay-per-view undercard which supports the Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez trilogy.

"With God's favor, we will be opening the pay-per-view of [Pacquiao-Marquez] and we are going to train for eight weeks for that fight. We are already working in the gym and we are close to a title shot in 2012. Maybe in the first fight of 2012, it can be in Puerto Rico, for either the IBF and WBO titles. Both sanctioned bodies have expressed interest that I fight for their titles," Cruz said.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Cotto 54/10 on 09-21-2011

Good for him

Comment by vicmatic1 on 09-20-2011

cruz looked ok on showtime..better on the gamboa undercard..if he keeps improving he'll be a solid contender and maybe cottos promotional companys first champ..lets see if he wins on nov 12th

Comment by Carlos Alberto on 09-20-2011

Cruz is a solid fighter. If he wants to fight for the WBO title, he'll most likely have to face Broner and it will be in the US, as Broner has a good promoter in Golden Boy that will do…

Comment by PRBOXINGCOTTO on 09-20-2011

cruz is the next big thing similar to cotto in style and the way he handles himself he will be champ and will beat any1 in the division he was brought up at a good pace

Comment by Ringlife on 09-20-2011

I like the way Luis Cruz fights he reminds me of Cotto he's got pretty good defense doesn't get hit a lot has good boxing skills power in both hands a little bit quiet but people like him. So thats…

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