The semi-main event Saturday underneath Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Manny Pacquiao featured super bantamweight champion Leo Santa Cruz of Lincoln Heights taking on Jose Cayetano of Tijuana in a non-title fight in the featherweight division.
Even though Santa Cruz was moving up in weight, he figured to have an easy time of it as Cayetano (17-4) is not in his class. Santa Cruz (30-0-1) did in the sense that he won big on the scorecards – he won by three scores of 100-90. But fans seemed a bit restless that he could not stop Cayetano inside the distance.
There were a few boos.
Leo Santa Cruz/Photo courtesy of Golden Boy Promotions
Leo Santa Cruz of Lincoln Heights defended his super bantamweight world title Saturday with a eighth-round TKO of Jesus Ruiz of Mexico underneath the heavyweight title fight between Bermane Stiverne and Deontay Wilder.
There were no knockdowns, but Santa Cruz was pummeling Ruiz (32-6-5) on the ropes before referee Kenny Bayless stepped in to halt the bout.
Santa Cruz is now 29-0-1 with 17 knockouts.
Leo Santa Cruz of the Lincoln Heights area of Los Angeles on Nov. 30 will defend his super bantamweight title against Cesar Seda of Puerto Rico at Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio (on Showtime).
It will be the semi-main event to the welterweight title fight between champion Devon Alexander (25-1, 14 KOs) of St. Louis and Shawn Porter (22-0-1, 14 KOs) of Akron, Ohio.
Santa Cruz, 25, at 25-0-1 with 15 knockouts has yet to taste defeat. He doesn’t plan on tasting it in this fight, either.
“I’m looking forward to getting back in the ring and making my debut in Texas against Cesar Seda,” said Santa Cruz, who has never fought in the state of Texas. “Seda is a quality fighter and a top contender, but I’m not ready to give up my belt to him or anyone.”
Seda, 27, is 25-1 with 17 knockouts. He respects Santa Cruz, but apparently does not fear him.
“I admire Santa Cruz for his talent and his accomplishments,” Seda said. “But styles make fights and I have the style to beat him and bring the world championship back to Puerto Rico.”
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).
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.
Leo Santa Cruz of Lincoln Heights – a former bantamweight champion – moved up to super bantamweight and stopped Alexander Munoz of Venezuela in the fifth round of their scheduled 10-round fight underneath Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Santa Cruz floored Munoz (36-5) in the third and fifth rounds. After the knockdown in the fifth, Munoz got up but did not look good and one of his cornermen stepped into the ring, referee Vic Drakulich waving it off at 1:05.
Santa Cruz is 24-0-1 with 14 knockouts.