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Roman Martinez-Luis Cruz Clash on Juanma-Salido Card?

By Jhonny Gonzalez

It's being reported in Puerto Rico that former world champion Rocky Martinez (24-1-1, 15KOs) may face unbeaten countryman Luis Cruz (17-0, 14KOs) on April 16 in Bayamon. The fight would become a televised bout on Showtime, as the co-feature to Juan Manuel Lopez's defense of the WBO featherweight title against Orlando Salido.

Martinez-Cruz would be a mandatory eliminator with the winner getting a shot at WBO super featherweight champion Ricky Burns. Peter River, Vice President of Puerto Rico Best Boxing, says Cruz's people have yet to accept the fight. If Cruz turns the offer down, another possible opponent for Martinez is Filipino Bernabe Concepcion, who would be moved over from a planned Las Vegas event on May 6.

"Showtime, which will televise the card, offered us the fight. We believe it is a good fight, but they (the group of Cruz) have not been decided yet," said Rivera to Victor Ortiz. "At first we were offered a Bernabe Concepcion. This is an opportunity that we must take. This will take [the winner] to a mandatory shot at Burns."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Mr. Fantastic on 03-07-2011

Oh my!! Ricans actually fight each other? Surprised!!

Comment by lopez36 on 03-07-2011

[QUOTE=onechance87;10198575]pretty good fight.Hopefully cruz takes the fight[/QUOTE] he was offered the fight last time and he didn't want it,and now he's thinking about it,don't think he really wants the fight,some here say it's not good puerto rican vs puerto rican,that…

Comment by Gabilan on 03-07-2011

[QUOTE=vrodz;10199087]I'm 100% rican and I seenothing wrong with pr vs pr. If it makes for a good fight so be it. This should be a good fight and if it happens I will be pulling for Cruz since he is…

Comment by vrodz on 03-07-2011

[QUOTE=PRBOXINGCOTTO;10198886]Cruz should not take it pr v.s pr not good bring on bernabe that would be fun to see roman doesnt need a eliminator he can just get a rematch[/QUOTE] I'm 100% rican and I seenothing wrong with pr vs…

Comment by ny123 on 03-07-2011

Martinez is a guy who is never in a bad fight. This card just got a lot better :boxing:

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