Andy Cruz makes his professional debut on Saturday night, fighting Juan Carlos Burgos for the vacant IBF International lightweight belt.

Cruz is the current Olympic champion at lightweight, and the Cuban could become a serious contender at 135lbs.

Burgos most recently fought Keyshawn Davis, losing in December 2022.

Here's everything you need to know ahead of Cruz vs. Burgos.

Andy Cruz vs Juan Carlos Burgos
When is Andy Cruz vs Juan Carlos Burgos?

Date: Saturday, July 15 

Time: 1 a.m. BST / 8 p.m. ET 

Franklin vs. Wright ringwalks (approx): 1:59 a.m. BST / 8:59 p.m. ET

The event is set to start at 1 a.m. BST / 8 p.m. ET.  The ring walks for Franklin vs. Wright can be expected at around 1:59 a.m. BST / 8:59 p.m. ET, but those are approximate times which may vary depending on the length of fights before on the undercard.

What has been said?

"I'm coming to show that I'm ready for any opponent and this is like a test. Anyone who knows me knows that I perform better when I'm under pressure. I want people to see a show, that I am able to fight for 10 rounds or less. If I can finish him before the limit, I'll finish him. I want them to see me being aggressive, with other abilities that I had not been able to show in the amateurs," Cruz said.

At some point in the future, Cruz does believe a fight in the pros with Davis will gain a lot of traction. Davis already has a pro record of 8-0, with 6 wins by knockout.

“It depends on me and on him, on how he advances in his career and on what I am able to demonstrate, but it is a fight that at some point is going to get interesting, at some point people are going to ask for it. I see things in myself that I didn't think I could do. I came here to face the best. I showed everything I could in amateur boxing," Cruz said.


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