Isaac Cruz contends that he is more than willing to fight Ryan Garcia next.

The Mexican lightweight contender pointed out, however, that he has plenty of options among potential opponents within the 135-pound division. Facing Garcia would be a high-profile opportunity, despite that Garcia doesn’t own a lightweight title, yet Cruz is confident he has elevated himself through his last two performances to an elite level.

Cruz desires a big fight following his fifth-round stoppage of aged, overmatched Yuriorkis Gamboa last month at AT&T Stadium.

On Tuesday, the World Boxing Council ordered Cruz and Garcia to fight in a final WBC eliminator. If no deal is reached in 30 days, a purse bid will take place on June 14.

“Bring anybody on,” Cruz said. “I’m not shutting the door on anyone. Whether it’s Rayo [Jose Valenzuela] or whether it’s [Ryan] Garcia or it’s Lomachenko or it’s Haney, Kambosos, bring them on. I’m open to talk to anybody. But they need to talk to me first. That’s where it all starts, really.”

Valenzuela (12-0, 8 KOs), a hard-hitting Mexican southpaw, knocked out Francisco Vargas with one punch in the first round of the bout before Cruz dominated Gamboa in the co-feature on the Errol Spence Jr.-Yordenis Ugas undercard. Mexico City’s Vargas (27-4-2, 19 KOs) took Cruz the 10-round distance in his previous fight last June 19 at Toyota Center in Houston.

Cruz, 23, and Valenzuela, 22, both are affiliated with Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions, which should make a bout between them relatively easy to put together.

Sydney’s Kambosos (20-0, 10 KOs), who owns the IBF, WBA, WBC franchise and WBO lightweight titles, and Las Vegas’ Haney (27-0, 15 KOs), the WBC world 135-pound champion, are scheduled to fight June 5 at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, Australia. Lomachenko (16-2, 11 KOs), a three-division champion, is unavailable because he is committed to assisting with Ukraine’s military efforts in its war with Russia.

Garcia (22-0, 18 KOs), of Victorville, California, made it known he is willing to fight Cruz at some point in July.

Cruz (23-2-1, 16 KOs) implored Garcia and his promoter, Oscar De La Hoya, to stop negotiating on social media. He also took a not-so-subtle shot at the popular, polarizing lightweight contender.

“I’ve earned everything I have right now,” Cruz said. “But I’ve done so inside the ring, with blood, sweat and tears, with the dedication that I put [in] every single day. Not with social media posts or anything like that – by doing what I have to do, with gloves on.”

In the bout before he obliterated Cuba’s Gamboa (30-5, 18 KOs), Cruz took unbeaten WBA world lightweight champ Gervonta Davis the distance. Baltimore’s Davis (26-0, 24 KOs), whose 16-fight knockout streak was snapped by Cruz, hadn’t gone 12 rounds as a pro prior to Cruz testing him in their Showtime Pay-Per-View main event December 5 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.