Juan Carlos Burgos had a disappointing performance tonight, and was lucky to leave Delaware with his rising career still figuring to be on the rise, defeating Cristobal Cruz via debated unanimous decision. The official scores were 96-92, 96-92, and 98-90 for Burgos. Bad Left Hook scored it 96-92 for Cruz, with ESPN's Teddy Atlas scoring it 95-94 for Cruz.
Burgos (29-1, 19 KO) had trouble combating the whirlwind, reckless style of Cruz (39-13-3, 23 KO), and through much of the fight was simply too passive. His counter-punching attempts were largely ineffective, which was a real letdown, since Cruz is so wide open for counter shots.
Burgos, 24, did score a knockdown in the sixth round, catching Cruz with an uppercut right to the chin that put the 34-year-old veteran brawler on the canvas. But Cruz rallied from that, getting even more aggressive and taking control of the next few rounds. In the ninth, Cruz put Burgos down with a well-timed, stiff left jab.
Most likely, the fight was scored for Burgos because Cruz doesn't fight like you're supposed to. No matter how effective his style was, and it was pretty effective, it was going to be hard for him to get cards. He doesn't do it like you're supposed to do it; he doesn't look "right," and it affects the way he's perceived. Burgos had a lot of trouble in this fight, but you'd never know it based on the scorecards.
The end result is, I have to call this a step back for Burgos, and that's with all respect to Cruz being a tough fighter.