Léo Santa Cruz

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Leodegario Santa Cruz
Real name

Leo Santa

Nickname(s) Terremoto
Rated at Super Bantamweight
Height 5 ft 7 in (170 cm)
Reach 69 in (175 cm)
Nationality Mexico Mexican
Born (1988-08-10) August 10, 1988 (age 26)
Huetamo, Michoacán, Mexico
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 29
Wins 28
Wins by KO 16
Losses 0
Draws 1
No contests 0

Léodegario Santa Cruz (born August 10, 1988 in Huetamo, Michoacán, Mexico) is an undefeated Mexican professional boxer. Santa Cruz is the former IBF World Bantamweight and current WBC World Super Bantamweight Champion.[1]

Amateur career[edit]

Leodegario had an amateur record of 148-7 and at only fifteen years old he won a gold medal at the World Amateur Championships.[2]

Professional career[edit]

On October 21, 2010 Santa Cruz beat the veteran James Owens at the Martin's Valley Mansion in Cockeysville, Maryland.[3]

In March 2011, Santa Cruz knocked out the veteran Stephane Jamoye to win the vacant WBC Youth World Bantamweight Championship.[4]

IBF Bantamweight Championship[edit]

On June 2, 2012 Santa Cruz beat Africa's Vusi Malinga to win the IBF World Bantamweight Championship. This bout was televised on a Showtime boxing card.[5] After winning the IBF World Bantamweight belt, Santa Cruz defended his title against Morel, Zaleta and Guevara to finish 2012 with 5 wins including 3 title defenses. His last bout versus Guevara returned boxing to CBS after a 15 year absence.[6]

On February 12, 2013, Santa Cruz vacated his IBF bantamweight belt to move up to junior featherweight.[7]

WBC Super Bantamweight Championship[edit]

Santa Cruz beat reigning titleholder Victor Terrazas in a third round technical knockout to win the WBC World Super Bantamweight Championship on August 24, 2013.[8][Video 1]

Professional boxing record[edit]

28 Wins (16 Knockouts), 0 Defeats, 1 Draw[9]
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Win 28-0-1 Mexico Manuel Roman KO 2 (12), 0:55 2014-09-13 United States MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada Retained WBC Super Bantamweight title.
Win 27-0-1 Mexico Cristian Mijares UD 12 2014-03-08 United States MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada Retained WBC Super Bantamweight title.
Win 26-0-1 Puerto Rico Cesar Seda UD 12 2013-12-14 United States Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas Retained WBC Super Bantamweight title.
Win 25-0-1 Mexico Victor Terrazas TKO 3 (12), 2:09 2013-08-24 United States StubHub Center, Carson, California Won WBC Super Bantamweight title.
Win 24-0-1 Venezuela Alexander Muñoz TKO 5 (10), 1:56 2013-04-05 United States MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada Won vacant USBA Super Bantamweight title.
Win 23-0-1 Mexico Alberto Guevara UD 12 2012-12-15 United States Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California Retained IBF Bantamweight title.
Win 22-0-1 Mexico Victor Zaleta TKO 9 (12), 1:42 2012-11-10 United States Staples Center, Los Angeles, California Retained IBF Bantamweight title.
Win 21-0-1 Puerto Rico Eric Morel RTD 5 (12), 3:00 2012-09-15 United States MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada Retained IBF Bantamweight title.
Win 20-0-1 South Africa Vusi Malinga UD 12 2012-06-02 United States Home Depot Center, Carson, California Won vacant IBF Bantamweight title.
Win 19-0-1 Mexico Alejandro Hernández UD 4 (10), 0:10 2012-01-21 Mexico Bodega Del Boxeo, Ensenada, Baja California
Win 18-0-1 Mexico Jorge Romero TKO 3 (8), 1:10 2011-11-26 Mexico Monumental Plaza de Toros, Mexico City, Distrito Federal
Win 17-0-1 Nicaragua Everth Briceno TKO 11 (12), 1:58 2011-07-30 Mexico International Center, Mazatlan, Sinaloa Retained interim WBC Youth World Bantamweight title
Win 16-0-1 Puerto Rico Jose Lopez KO 5 (8), 2:35 2011-06-03 United States Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, California Retained interim WBC Youth World Bantamweight title
Win 15-0-1 Belgium Stephane Jamoye KO 6 (10) 2011-03-26 Mexico El Nido de los Halcones-Instituto de la Juventud, Xalapa, Veracruz Won interim WBC Youth World Bantamweight title
Win 14-0-1 United States James Owens TKO 1 (6), 1:14 2010-10-21 United States Martin's Valley Mansion, Cockeysville, Maryland
Win 13-0-1 Mexico Jose Angel Cota TKO 3 (8), 1:35 2010-06-03 United States Commerce Casino, Commerce, California
Win 12-0-1 Mexico Juan Jose Beltran TKO 3 (8), 2:17 2010-06-03 United States Commerce Casino, Commerce, California
Win 11-0-1 Mexico Julio Valadez KO 1 (6), 1:22 2009-11-03 United States Commerce Casino, Commerce, California
Win 10-0-1 United States Robert DaLuz UD 6 2009-08-22 United States Pala Casino Resort and Spa, Pala, California
Win 9-0-1 United States Jonathan Velardez UD 6 2009-07-10 United States Reno Events Center, Reno, Nevada
Win 8-0-1 Colombia Jose Garcia Bernal UD 6 2009-03-07 United States Valencia Ballroom, York, Pennsylvania
Win 7-0-1 United States Adrian Aleman UD 4 2008-09-19 United States Buffalo Bill's, Primm, Nevada
Win 6-0-1 United States Gino Escamilla UD 6 2008-07-25 United States Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 5-0-1 Mexico Daniel Quevedo UD 4 2008-03-28 United States Industry Hills Expo Center, City of Industry, California
Win 4-0-1 Mexico Jose Pacheco KO 2 (4), 1:06 2008-01-04 United States Alameda Swap Meet, Los Angeles, California
Win 3-0-1 Guyana Elton Dharry UD 4 2007-11-23 United States Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, Cabazon, California
Win 2-0-1 United States Joseph Rios UD 4 2007-10-05 United States Cliff Castle Casino, Camp Verde, Arizona
Draw 1-0-1 United States Rodrigo Hernandez MD 4 2007-01-05 United States Dickerson's Event Center, Las Cruces, New Mexico
Win 1-0 Mexico Pedro Silva KO 2 (4), 1:56 2006-10-13 United States Palo Duro Golf Club, Nogales, Arizona Professional debut

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Title last held by
Abner Mares
IBF Bantamweight Champion
June 2, 2012 – February, 12, 2013
Title next held by
Jamie McDonnell
Preceded by
Victor Terrazas
WBC Super Bantamweight Champion
August 24, 2013 – present