Orlando Cruz Open To Facing Juanma on Jan. 19th

By Ryan Burton and Damián Ferrer Reyes

Featherweight contender Orlando "El Fenómeno" Cruz (19-2-1) has advised BoxingScene that he is ready to step in and face countryman Juan Manuel Lopez on January 19th in New York.  Lopez is looking for an opponent for a planned HBO tripleheader. WBO featherweight champion Orlando Salido defends his belt against Mikey Garcia and WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin faces an opponent to be determined to round out the card.

Lopez was hoping to face former super bantamweight champion Wilfredo Vazquez but Vazquez has stated that he won't move up any higher than the featherweight 126 pound weight limit.  

JuanMa had previously told BoxingScene that he can no longer get down to 126 pounds which effectively killed the chjance of the fight happening Cruz, a southpaw who fights at featherweight, said that he is willing to move up to 128 pounds which is the weight that Lopez wanted to fight Vazquez at.

"I see that JuanMa is looking for an opponent for the same date (January 19th) that I am. I am more than willing to fight JuanMa at 128 pounds," Cruz told

Cruz recently made headlines when he revealed that he was gay.  He is the first boxer to do while still being active in his career.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by don larryx on 11-21-2012

losing to Cruz is like losing your manhood

Comment by Angry Cuban on 11-21-2012

[QUOTE=PRBOXINGCOTTO;12723913]everybody is challenging juanma from pr how about somebody else step up and want to fight him[/QUOTE] Yessssss..that's true..

Comment by PRBOXINGCOTTO on 11-21-2012

everybody is challenging juanma from pr how about somebody else step up and want to fight him

Comment by rogdogx on 11-21-2012

[QUOTE=illmaticfighter;12722205]if i was juanma i wouldn't take this fight losing back to back kos then losing to a gay guy would make me retire.[/QUOTE] Imagine what it would be like for a proud rican like Juanma. First he gets dominated…

Comment by BIGMARS on 11-21-2012

Cruz will make JuanMa his girlfriend. Expect him to duck.

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