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Round-by-Round Analysis: Luis Cruz vs. Juan Carlos Burgos

By Nick Tywalk

The MGM Grand in Las Vegas is ready to host the third, climactic meeting between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez. Before we get to the main event, though, we'll get three televised undercard fights, beginning with a super featherweight contest between Luis Cruz and Juan Carlos Burgos.

Cruz is undefeated at 19-0 with 15 KOs. Burgos has won twice since his lone career loss, and he enters the ring with a 27-1 pro record. The tale of the tape shows that both men are almost even in height and reach, but Cruz has rehydrated to come in about six pounds heavier than Burgos.

Michael Buffer introduces both fighters, and we are set for a scheduled 10 rounds of action.

Round 1

Both men come out swinging with hard hooks. Burgos is advancing, hopping in to touch Cruz to the body. He lets more body shots go in combination. Now Cruz digs in for some of his own body work. Cruz lands a jab as a counter, then falls into a clinch. Left hook by Cruz, followed by a right to the body. Both men are just a hair away from landing some bombs. Five punch combo by Burgos that lands to the body and head. Jabs land both ways. Two punches by Cruz both land upstairs.

Tylwalk: 10-9 Burgos

Round 2

The ref cautions Burgos as he attacks the body again. Some of his shots look a little low. He hooks off his jab to the head as well. Cruz punches out of a clinch; he looks more comfortable on the inside. Nasty left hook by Cruz. He also lands a right to the head set up by his jab. Three punches chase Burgos back. Good body combination by Burgos with both hands. Cruz shows good movement to back away from some incoming fire. Cruz finds the range with his jab, but a left hook by Burgos stuns him in the closing seconds. Close round.

Tylwalk: 10-9 Burgos

Round 3

Each man lands a jab right off the bat, and Burgos goes to his hook as well. Cruz is stunned again, but he's still throwing and manages to score with a left hook. Burgos closes in and wings some wide punches. Cruz lands a right to the body. He settles down behind head and body jabs. Cruz gets nailed again with a left hook while backing up. That's a flaw that the HBO crew thinks could be dangerous. He goes back to single shots from a step back. Cruz swings wildly and does get in a left before the bell.

Tylwalk: 10-9 Burgos

Round 4

Cruz looks a little more assertive in the opening moments. Burgos is still outworking him though. Cruz can land the jab or the right hand, but rarely both. There's a nice combination, but Burgos lands a left hook at the same time. Cruz jabs to set up the straight right. A slower pace seems to favor him more. Burgos moves around and connects with the left agian, though Cruz punches his way through it. Jabs by Cruz to close things out.

Tylwalk: 10-9 Cruz

Round 5

Cruz's corner wants him to work more. He doubles up the jab and tries the left hook. Burgos is warned for a low blow. Cruz ducks and weaves out of trouble. Burgos pops him with the left hook, then a right hand. Both men bounce around as Burgos tries the body again. Cruz lands his own right downstairs. Both men are staying more mobile in this frame. CompuBox has Cruz with no power punches landed this round. Burgos returns to his left hook to good effect.

Tylwalk: 10-9 Burgos

Round 6

Harold Lederman has it four rounds to one for Burgos thus far. Cruz lands jabs, but Burgos connects with a left hook and a wide right. He throws the left to the body again. Burgos can't miss with the left hook. Cruz stalks but isn't throwing. One-two by Burgos to the head and body. Cruz finds a home for the right hand before a clinch. Both men jab as Burgos stays away from the right hand.

Tylwalk: 10-9 Cruz

Round 7

Burgos tries a big right hand that grazes Cruz. He has to stay wary as Cruz is closing the distance, looking to set up his straight right. There's some interior work by Cruz. Burgos sticks in a jab. Left hook by Burgos too, but Cruz keeps coming. Cruz has some swelling by his right eye. He jabs and hooks his way in. Burgos is backing up often now. Burgos lands a left hook as he tries to avoid getting trapped along the ropes. Cruz tries mugging Burgos, but the ref steps in.

Tylwalk: 10-9 Cruz

Round 8

Cruz is clearly feeling more confident now, though Burgos is still working. Cruz doubles the jab to find an opening. Burgos ties him up, then goes back to firing from range. Cruz steps in, avoiding a hook. More jabs by Cruz, and he gets tied up. Cruz tries some body work as he continues to advance. Burgos lands a left while he retreats. Cruz fires a left to the body right at the bell.

Tylwalk: 10-9 Cruz

Round 9

Burgos tries the body, which he's sort of gotten away from. He sneaks in a right hand as well that lands flush. Cruz scores with his own right hand. Both men try hooks, then Cruz resumes his jabs. Burgos goes one-two to the head. Cruz reaches with his jab as Burgos misses with a wild left. There's another left by Burgos that finds the mark. Not a great round for Cruz.

Tylwalk: 10-9 Burgos

Round 10

Lederman also gave that round to Burgos. These fighters are going for it as Cruz lands two right hands. Burgos tries to repsond in kind. Another right by Cruz, but Burgos lands his left. The pace calms while Cruz closes behind a left hook. Burgos seems to be mostly worried about making it to the final bell, and he's not throwing as much. The ref breaks them up with a minute to go. Cruz ducks in for a left to the body. Left hook by Cruz, and we'll go to the scorecards.

Tylwalk: 10-9 Cruz

Tylwalk: 95-95

The judges score it 95-95, and 97-93 and 98-92 for Burgos. The winner by majority decision, Juan Carlos Burgos.

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