Andy Cruz is in need of a new opponent for his second pro bout.
BoxingScene.com has confirmed that Hector Tanajara was forced to withdraw from their crossroads bout. An undisclosed injury has forced the San Antonio native out of their planned ten-round junior welterweight contest as part of the December 9 Regis Prograis-Devin Haney undercard.
Matchroom Boxing is working with Cruz’s team to secure a new foe to preserve his place on the DAZN Pay-Per-View event from Chase Center, home to the NBA’s Golden State Warriors in San Francisco, California.
Cruz (1-0, 0KOs) was adamant about facing an opponent on the level of Tanajara (21-1-1, 6KOs) for just his second pro bout. The former amateur standout—who won a Gold medal for Cuba during the delayed 2020 Tokyo Olympics—defected from his homeland and eventually made his way to the U.S. to embark on his pro career.
The Miami-based junior welterweight turned pro on July 15, when he earned a ten-round, unanimous decision over former title challenger Juan Carlos Burgos in Detroit, Michigan. Cruz claimed an IBF regional title which he plans to defend on December, provided that a quality opponent is found in time to remain on the show.
Cruz is part of a four-fight PPV telecast, topped by the WBC junior welterweight title fight.
Prograis (29-1, 24KOs)—a New Orleans-bred two-time titlist now based in the greater Houston area—will attempt the second defense of his second title reign in the evening’s main event.
Las Vegas’s Haney (30-0, 15KOs)—who was born in San Francisco—will move up from lightweight, where he is the recognized lineal and unified WBA, IBF and WBO champion as he bids to become a two-weight champ. The 24-year-old returns to his birth city, where he will fight for the first time atop a show which is approaching sold-out status on current ticket inventory.
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. X (formerly Twitter): @JakeNDaBox