BURGOS HOPES TO BUILD ON GREAT START
ATLANTIC CITY — “Hurricane” Shane Burgos will look to take the next step in his professional MMA career Saturday at the Borgata when he faces Myron Baker at Cage Fury Fighting Championships 31.
Burgos has won both of his professional fights by first-round stoppages after going 7-0 as an amateur. Now he will step up in competition to face Baker (2-2), who has lost two in a row after opening his career with victories by TKO and arm bar.
“I see this fight going 100 percent my way,” Burgos said. “Wherever this fight plays out, I see myself being in control. No disrespect to my opponent — I think Myron is a tough opponent and a good test — but I’m out to make another statement.”
The 22-year-old Tiger Schulmann’s fighter claimed a pair of amateur featherweight titles before blitzing his way to a rear-naked choke submission of Ratioender Melo in just 2:16 of his pro debut. He followed that performance with a TKO of Ashure Elbanna in just 2:12.
“It’s hard to not be pleased with how my pro career is going,” the New York native said. “Two wins, two finishes, and both in just over two minutes. I have no complaints, and I hope to keep the ball rolling on Saturday night with another finish.”
Baker, who fights out of Maryland, lost his last fight via a rear-naked choke in the second round. Prior to that, he dropped a three-round decision. All of his pro fights have been under the CFFC banner.
Burgos, who will be making his CFFC debut, said his goals for 2014 are simple.
“I want to remain undefeated and keep finishing my fights, and hopefully get that big call (to the UFC) by 2015,” he said.