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 Last update:  11/21/2012       Read more by Ryan Burton         
   
Orlando Cruz Open To Facing Juanma on Jan. 19th
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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 Boxingscene.com.

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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Tags: Juan Manuel Lopez , Orlando Cruz



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comment by LarryXXX, on 11-21-2012
losing to Cruz is like losing your manhood

comment by Angry Cuban, on 11-21-2012
[QUOTE=PRBOXINGCOTTO]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]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 and stopped twice by a rival mexican and then he loses to his homo...

comment by BIGMARS, on 11-21-2012
Cruz will make JuanMa his girlfriend. Expect him to duck.

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