Victor Terrazas of Mexico on Saturday will defend his super bantamweight world title against Leo Santa Cruz of the Lincoln Heights section of Los Angeles. Since the bout is being held at StubHub Center in Carson, Terrazas knows Santa Cruz will get most of the cheers from what will likely be a sellout crowd.
“This is going to be a very active fight,” Terrazas, 30, said. “Going in we know that Leo Santa Cruz is the favorite in his hometown, but I’m champion of the world and I’m here to show you why I’m the champion. I’m really excited about fighting in his backyard, and I’m confident I’ll be successful. I am ready.”
Santa Cruz has already won a title in the bantamweight division, and is looked upon by some as a superstar in the making. Terrazas intimated he is therefore being taking lightly, his status as champion notwithstanding.
“I do believe I’m getting overlooked in this fight, but that doesn’t take away my desire or my will to win,” Terrazas said. “Being overlooked also doesn’t give me any more motivation, but that’s only because I’m already motivated. There’s a reason why I’m champion.”
Terrazas is 37-2-1 with 21 knockouts. Santa Cruz, 25, is 24-0-1 with 14 knockouts.
The two will tangle on the undercard of the Abner Mares-Jhonny Gonzalez featherweight title fight (on Showtime).