Los Angeles’ Leo Santa Cruz says he lives to fight for his fans

Former bantamweight champion Leo Santa Cruz is not shy when it comes to talking about how much it means to him to please his fans while he’s working.

After making the third defense of his title, Santa Cruz – of the Lincoln Heights area of Los Angeles – moved up in weight and stopped Alexander Munoz in the fifth round in May on the undercard of the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Robert Guerrero welterweight title fight at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Santa Cruz on Aug. 24 will get a chance to win another title when he challenges Victor Terrazas of Mexico for his super bantamweight belt at StubHub Center in Carson (on Showtime). That he might be able to become a two-time champion in his hometown makes the opportunity that much sweeter for Santa Cruz, 24.

“The only pressure on me when I fight is the pressure I put on myself to please the fans,” Santa Cruz said. “They’re who I fight for. I want them to see tremendous action and great fights each time.  I really want to give them what they want. I never want to disappoint them.

“When I hear fans say they like me, it only encourages me to work harder and show them what I’ve got.”

Santa Cruz is 24-0-1. Terrazas, 30, is 37-2-1 with 21 knockouts.

The card is being staged by Golden Boy Promotions. Tickets are priced at $25, $50, $75 and $150 and can be purchased by calling 888-929-7849, by going online at AXS.com or through the StubHub Center box office.

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