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Ortega, Rosario Cruz Ready For War Friday In Mexico

By Jake Donovan

The summer season of Boxeo Telemundo has proven to be the most successful in the 25-year history of boxing on the network—and it still has one week to go. The season finale comes this weekend, when unbeaten Puerto Rican prospect Daniel Rosario Cruz hits the road to face Edgar Ortega at Salon Jose Cuervo in Mexico City (Friday, Telemundo, 11:35 p.m. ET).

The scheduled 10-round welterweight bout carries a familiar series theme of Mexico vs. Puerto Rico, a formula that has rarely disappointed. 

"This is a great matchup between two upcoming welterweight prospects," notes promoter Felix 'Tuto' Zabala. "It will be an all our war. When you have two young warriors from Mexico and Puerto Rico, the results are guaranteed."

Rosario-Cruz (8-0, 7KOs) fights for the first time in Mexico in addition to making his network debut. The Puerto Rican knockout artist, coming off of a 1st round stoppage this past March, has never been extended beyond the fourth round of any given fight. 

Ortega (14-1, 10KOs), who has fought exclusively in Mexico in his young career, rides a nine-fight win streak heading into Friday's clash. 

The welterweight bout marks the only main event of the summer season to not come from the super flyweight division. Zabala's All-Star Boxing promotional company has been hosting an ongoing super flyweight tournament, with Jonathan Vidal and Daniel Lozano emerging as the finalists. 

Vidal's 8th round knockout win over Juan Kantun kicked off the summer season om July 18, registering the highest rating ever for a Telemundo-televised boxing event. Lozano followed suit last Friday in Tampa, dropping Antonio 'Tostado' Garcia three times en route to an 8th round knockout of his own to march towards an October 3 showdown with Vidal, which will also take place in Tampa and air live on Telemundo. 

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of BoxingScene.com, as well as the Records Keeper for the Transnational Boxing Ratings Board and a member of Boxing Writers Association of America. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox
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