Isaac Cruz has change into a legit prospect in current months, however a signature and defining victory over a former world titleholder might transition him to change into a contender in a aggressive light-weight division.
Cruz is assured he’s prepared for the subsequent vital step in his profession when he faces Francisco Vargas Saturday night time. The 12-round bout will happen on the Toyota Middle in Houston and can precede the principle occasion bout between WBC middleweight titleholder Jermall Charlo and Juan Montiel.
Each fights, together with the junior featherweight bout between former WBO titleholder Angelo Leo and Aaron Alameda, will air dwell on Showtime (9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT).
After defeating modest opposition in current fights, together with a choice victory over Thomas Mattice on February 14 of final 12 months and a knockout win over Diego Magdaleno on October 31, Cruz defeated previously-unbeaten Jose Matias Romero by unanimous resolution in his final bout on March 13.
Cruz (21-1-1, 15 knockouts) will take a significant step-up in opposition towards Vargas, who’s a former WBC world titleholder at 130 kilos and has confronted stellar opposition, together with his all-out wars towards Takashi Miura in November 2015 and towards Orlando ‘Siri’ Salido in June 2016. Vargas would lose the WBC title within the following bout towards Miguel Berchelt virtually six months later.
The 23-year-old perceive the significance of Saturday’s battle and what a win would do for his profession.
“That is probably the most troublesome battle of my profession, and certain probably the most sophisticated,” Cruz advised The Ring over the cellphone Tuesday afternoon. “He’s not simply any fighter. Vargas is a former world champion at 130 kilos who has confronted the perfect in Salido, Miura, and Berchelt. I needed to make the the very best camp of my profession due to the significance of the battle. We ready very properly. We are going to do no matter it takes to get the victory.
“I do know Vargas is a troublesome fighter to arrange towards as a result of he makes use of his elbows and leads ahead together with his head, and his opponents are inclined to move butts. He has the benefit in expertise, however we imagine our preparation can get the job finished for Saturday night time.”
Cruz, who resides in Mexico Metropolis, is unbeaten in his final 16 fights since struggling the one lack of his profession by the hands of Luis Montano in February 2016. He’s well-known for his aggressive and fan-friendly type, however has improved his technical skill-set, main to a few of his final 4 victories to come back by resolution.
After signing with Promociones del Pueblo in Mexico and now preventing on Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) playing cards, Cruz has reaped the rewards of preventing on larger platforms and on premium like Showtime. Cruz hopes to continued that pattern Saturday night time.
“I at all times like to present a present (for the followers),” stated Cruz, who made his professional debut in March 2015 on the age of 17. “Whether or not they cheer for me or for (Vargas), I at all times need to present leisure for the followers and have our battle be the battle of the night time. We’ve labored onerous within the fitness center to arrange for the Vargas who desires to have interaction and battle or the one who will field. We are going to implement any plan, however do the very best to present the followers a present.”
Cruz understands he isn’t but on the elite stage of the light-weight division, however would settle for a battle towards any of them at a second’s discover.
A path in direction of a world title alternative is the final word purpose, however Cruz acknowledges getting higher with every battle together with beating high opposition is the recipe for fulfillment.
“Anybody is a giant problem within the division and I’m keen to battle any of the champions,” stated Cruz. “I perceive I’ve loads to show and I would like one, two or three victories to then battle for a world title. I have a look at each battle as a world title battle due to the significance of what the subsequent battle can convey so long as I proceed profitable.”
Not solely does Cruz motivated to battle for a world title, however he additionally finds extra motivation by way of his spouse Toany and son Amadeo. Like many prizefighters, Cruz spends weeks, typically months, away from his household, however believes the sacrifices will imply one thing years from now.
“My son and my spouse are my mild and day. They imply all the things to me. There’s instances after I’m fatigued, however their smile motivated me that rather more every day.
“They drive and inspire me greater than they know. My success, together with a win Saturday towards Vargas, is pushed by them.”
Francisco A. Salazar has written for The Ring since October of 2013 and has lined boxing in Southern California and overseas since 2000. Francisco additionally covers boxing for the Ventura County (Calif.) Star newspaper. He could be reached by e mail at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing