Léo Santa Cruz
|Léo Santa Cruz|
|Real name||Léodegario Santa Cruz|
|Height||5 ft 7 1⁄2 in (171 cm)|
|Reach||69 in (175 cm)|
August 10, 1988 |
Huetamo, Michoacán, Mexico
|Wins by KO||19|
Léodegario Santa Cruz (born August 10, 1988) is a Mexican professional boxer. He is a four-time world champion in three weight classes, having held the WBA (Super) featherweight title since January 2017, and previously from 2015 to 2016. Additionally he held the IBF bantamweight title from 2012 to 2013, and the WBC super bantamweight title from 2013 to 2015.
As of October 2017, Santa Cruz is ranked as the world's sixth best active boxer, pound for pound, by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board (TBRB). He is also ranked as the world's best active featherweight by The Ring magazine, BoxRec, and the TBRB.
- 1 Amateur career
- 2 Professional career
- 2.1 Bantamweight
- 2.2 Super Bantamweight
- 2.3 Featherweight
- 3 Professional boxing record
- 4 See also
- 5 References
- 6 External links
On June 2, 2012 Santa Cruz beat Africa's Vusi Malinga to win the IBF bantamweight championship. This bout was televised on a Showtime boxing card. After winning the IBF 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.
On February 12, 2013, Santa Cruz vacated his IBF bantamweight belt to move up to junior featherweight.
Santa Cruz vs. Terrazas
Santa Cruz beat reigning titleholder Victor Terrazas in a third-round technical knockout to win the WBC super bantamweight Championship at the StubHub Center in Carson, California on August 24, 2013.[Video 1]
Santa Cruz vs. Seda
Santa Cruz made a voluntary defence in December 2013 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas against Cesar Seda (25-1, 17 KOs). Santa Cruz knocked Seda down once in the fifth-round as he went on to win a unanimous decision when the three judges scored it 117-110, 116-111, 115-112 in his favor. The fight took place on the undercard of Broner-Maidana world title bout.
Santa Cruz vs. Mijares
Santa Cruz next fought veteran Mexican contender Cristian Mijares (49-7-2, 24 KOs) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Paradise, Nevada on March 8, 2014. The fight went the distance as Santa Cruz won on all three judges scorecards (120-108, 120-108, 119-109). Santa Cruz showed respect in the post fight interview to Mijares, who he looked up to before he won his first world title, "Mijares is a great boxer. I came to do what I had to do to win. Mijares had great experience. He's a lefty. I had to be ready. We practiced everything to put on a great fight." The fight took place on the Canelo-Angulo undercard.
Santa Cruz vs. Roman
On September 13, Santa Cruz fought at the MGM Grand again, this time on the Mayweather-Maidana II undercard. He stopped Mexican Manuel Roman (17-2-3, 6 KOs) in round two to retain his world title.
Santa Cruz vs. Ruiz
On January 17, 2015 Santa Cruz defended his WBC super bantamweight title Jesus Ruiz (33-5-5, 22 KOs) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. The fight was announced a month earlier. Santa Cruz was criticized for fighting another low-level regarded opponent prior to the fight. Santa Cruz landed 277 punches to 120 by Ruiz, landing powerful head shots to force the stoppage 29 seconds into the 8th round. At the time of stoppage, Santa Cruz was ahead on all three judges scorecards (69-63, 69-64, 69-64). Santa Cruz earned a purse of $750,000 compared to Ruiz's $50,000. He then defended himself in the post-fight interview, "It was a war, but we came prepared. He gave me a tough fight. We went after him and stopped him. I know he was prepared."
Santa Cruz vs. Cayetano
Santa Cruz moved up to featherweight and fought his first fight on May 2, 2015. His opponent was announced as Mexican Jose Cayetano (17-3, 8 KOs) in a scheduled 10 round bout on the Mayweather-Pacquiao super fight undercard at the MGM Grand Arena. Santa Cruz won every round on all three judges scorecards (100-90, 3 times). Still undefeated, Santa Cruz boasted a record of 30 wins, no losses and 1 draw, with 17 inside the distance.
Santa Cruz vs. Mares
Santa Cruz won by majority decision against Abner Mares (29-1-1, 15 KOs) in a potential fight of the year candidate to win the vacant WBA (Super) Featherweight and vacant WBC Diamond Featherweight titles on August 29, 2015. 13,109 fans were in attendance at the Staples Center. Judge Max Deluca had it a draw at 114-114 whilst judges Jesse Reyes and Steve Morrow scored it 117-111 for Santa Cruz. "I was surprised Abner came out so strong. He came right at me but we figured him out and we got the win. I stayed outside with the jab. We were able to take control.", said Santa Cruz in the post fight interview.
Santa Cruz vs. Martinez
On February 28, 2016 Santa Cruz made the first defense of his featherweight belt by defeating Kiko Martínez (35-6, 26 KOs) via fifth-round TKO at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. Martinez was knocked down twice in Round 1, but beat the referee's count and continued to back Santa Cruz up in an entertaining slugfest. Both fighter combined threw over 1,000 punches in less than five full rounds. Santa Cruz hurt Martinez in round 5 when he cornered him and hurt him with right hands. Santa Cruz continued with a series of combinations until referee Raul Caiz Sr. jumped in at 2:09 as Martinez stopped throwing back.
Santa Cruz vs. Frampton
In a potential fight of the year candidate, Santa Cruz lost his WBA (super) Featherweight title to Carl Frampton on July 30, 2016 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn via a 12-round majority decision win before an crowd of 9,062. One judge scored it a 114-114 draw but the others made Frampton the winner, 116-112 and 117-111. Frampton had a higher accuracy rate, despite both fighters landing equal amount of punches. According to CompuBox stats, Frampton landed 242 of 668 punches (36 percent), whilst Santa Cruz connected on 255 of 1,002 blows (25 percent). In the post fight, Frampton said he wanted to defend the title in his home city and did not want to rule out a rematch. The fight averaged 480,000 and peaked at 549,000 viewers.
Santa Cruz vs. Frampton II
A rematch was confirmed between Santa Cruz and Frampton in October to take place. Originally discussed to take place at Frampton's hometown of Belfast, the venue was confirmed to be at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on January 28, 2017. 10,085 were in attendance as Santa Cruz regained his title with a majority decision (114-114, 115-113, 115-113). Santa Cruz and Frampton immediately discussed interest in a third fight, possibly in Frampton's hometown of Belfast. Frampton earned a purse of $1 million compared to $900,000 that Santa Cruz received. In the post-fight, Santa Cruz said, "Before the fight I said I wanted revenge and I wanted to work hard. I went to the gym and I worked hard, and I did what I had to do. Carl Frampton is a good fighter. Let's make it a third fight!" Frampton only landed 133 of his 592 punches thrown (22%) whereas Santa Cruz landed 230 of his 884 thrown (26%). Nielsen Media Research reported the fight averaged 587,000 and peaked at 643,000 viewers.
Santa Cruz vs. Avalos
On April 3, 2017 the World Boxing Association ordered a rematch between Santa Cruz and their "regular" champion Abner Mares (30-2-1, 15 KOs). This was done as part of WBA's ongoing plan to reduce the number of world titles. Mares became mandatory challenger and "regular" titleholder after winning a split decision against Argentine boxer Jesus Cuellar in December 2016. Due to the negotiations taking too long, the WBA ordered a deal be made by July 11, 2017 or the fight would go to purse bids on July 21. The fight was supposedly set for September 9 at the Staples Center, but nothing materialized. Due to the Srisaket Sor Rungvisai–Roman González rematch taking place on the September 9 at the Stubhub Center in Carson, AEG, who own both venues said they would push the Santa Cruz-Mares rematch back to take place on October 7 instead. On August 18, it was announced that negotiations had broken down.
On August 25, Mares told Ringtv that he and Santa Cruz would still appear on the same card on October 14 on Fox. The fight would take place in the afternoon, on the same card Jermell Charlo defends his WBC light middleweight title against Erickson Lubin in the evening on Showtime. Advisor Al Haymon re-assured Mares that a rematch with Santa Cruz would still take place. On August 30, it was announced that Santa Cruz's opponent would be Chris Avalos, while Mares would fight Andrés Gutiérrez. Avalos came into the fight with a 2-3 record in his last 5 fights since 2015.
In a one-sided beatdown, Santa Cruz stopped Avalos in the eighth round. The end came with Santa Cruz piling hurtful power shots on Avalos, when referee Thomas Taylor had seen enough, he stepped in at 1 minute, 34 seconds. Avalos never got started in the fight, which was all Santa Cruz. After a slow start in the opening round, Santa Cruz began to pick his power shots to the head and body. Avalos connected on his own shots, but lacked the power to hurt Santa Cruz. Avalos was not happy with the stoppage, "I'm very upset with the stoppage. We were fighting the whole time. There was no reason to stop this fight. I wasn't hurt like the referee thought. I want to fight for the title again." Santa Cruz spoke about the game plan for the fight saying, "At the beginning, I wasn't doing what my corner was telling me. I was trying to please the fans. I wanted to give [the fans] a brawl, a toe-to-toe, my dad said, 'What are you doing, you are supposed to beat him from the outside' -- and that's what we did in the later rounds." CompuBox stats showed exactly how the fight went with Santa Cruz landing 281 of 692 punches thrown (41%) and Avalos landing 169 of 751 thrown (23%). Mares was also victorious in his fight, setting up a rematch between himself and Santa Cruz. The card averaged 1,483,000 viewers on Fox.
Professional boxing record
|Professional record summary|
|36 fights||34 wins||1 loss|
|36||Win||34–1–1||Chris Avalos||KO||8 (12), 1:34||Oct 14, 2017||StubHub Center, Carson, California, U.S.||Retained WBA (Super) featherweight title|
|35||Win||33–1–1||Carl Frampton||MD||12||Jan 28, 2017||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||Won WBA (Super) featherweight title|
|34||Loss||32–1–1||Carl Frampton||MD||12||Jul 30, 2016||Barclays Center, New York City, New York, U.S.||Lost WBA (Super) featherweight title|
|33||Win||32–0–1||Kiko Martínez||TKO||5 (12), 2:09||Feb 27, 2016||Honda Center, Anaheim, California, U.S.||Retained WBA (Super) featherweight title|
|32||Win||31–0–1||Abner Mares||MD||12||Aug 29, 2015||Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, U.S.||Won vacant WBA (Super) featherweight title|
|31||Win||30–0–1||Jose Cayetano||UD||10||May 2, 2015||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
|30||Win||29–0–1||Jesus Ruiz||TKO||8 (12), 0:29||Jan 17, 2015||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||Retained WBC super bantamweight title|
|29||Win||28–0–1||Manuel Roman||KO||2 (12), 0:55||Sep 13, 2014||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||Retained WBC super bantamweight title|
|28||Win||27–0–1||Cristian Mijares||UD||12||Mar 8, 2014||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||Retained WBC super bantamweight title|
|27||Win||26–0–1||César Seda||UD||12||Dec 14, 2013||Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, U.S.||Retained WBC super bantamweight title|
|26||Win||25–0–1||Victor Terrazas||TKO||3 (12), 2:09||Aug 24, 2013||StubHub Center, Carson, California, U.S.||Won WBC super bantamweight title|
|25||Win||24–0–1||Alexander Muñoz||TKO||5 (10), 1:56||May 4, 2013||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||Won vacant USBA super bantamweight title|
|24||Win||23–0–1||Alberto Guevara||UD||12||Dec 15, 2012||Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California, U.S.||Retained IBF bantamweight title|
|23||Win||22–0–1||Victor Zaleta||TKO||9 (12), 1:42||Nov 10, 2012||Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, U.S.||Retained IBF bantamweight title|
|22||Win||21–0–1||Eric Morel||RTD||5 (12), 3:00||Sep 15, 2012||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||Retained IBF bantamweight title|
|21||Win||20–0–1||Vusi Malinga||UD||12||Jun 2, 2012||Home Depot Center, Carson, California, U.S.||Won vacant IBF bantamweight title|
|20||Win||19–0–1||Alejandro Hernández||RTD||4 (10), 0:10||Jan 21, 2012||Bodega Del Boxeo, Ensenada, Mexico|
|19||Win||18–0–1||Jorge Romero||TKO||3 (8), 1:10||Nov 26, 2011||Plaza de Toros, Mexico City, Mexico|
|18||Win||17–0–1||Everth Briceno||TKO||11 (12), 1:58||Jul 30, 2011||International Center, Mazatlán, Mexico||Retained WBC Youth interim bantamweight title|
|17||Win||16–0–1||Jose Lopez||KO||5 (8), 2:35||Jun 3, 2011||Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, California, U.S.|
|16||Win||15–0–1||Stephane Jamoye||KO||6 (10)||Mar 26, 2011||Instituto de la Juventud, Xalapa, Mexico||Won vacant WBC Youth interim bantamweight title|
|15||Win||14–0–1||James Owens||TKO||1 (6), 1:14||Oct 21, 2010||Martin's Valley Mansion, Cockeysville, Maryland, U.S.|
|14||Win||13–0–1||Jose Angel Cota||TKO||3 (8), 1:35||Jun 3, 2010||Casino, Commerce, California, U.S.|
|13||Win||12–0–1||Juan Jose Beltran||TKO||3 (8), 2:17||Dec 17, 2009||Casino, Commerce, California, U.S.|
|12||Win||11–0–1||Julio Valadez||KO||1 (6), 1:22||Nov 3, 2009||Casino, Commerce, California, U.S.|
|11||Win||10–0–1||Robert DaLuz||UD||6||Aug 22, 2009||Casino Resort and Spa, Pala, California, U.S.|
|10||Win||9–0–1||Jonathan Velardez||UD||6||Jul 10, 2009||Events Center, Reno, Nevada, U.S.|
|9||Win||8–0–1||Jose Garcia Bernal||UD||6||Mar 7, 2009||Valencia Ballroom, York, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|8||Win||7–0–1||Adrian Aleman||UD||4||Sep 19, 2008||Star of the Desert Arena, Primm, Nevada, U.S.|
|7||Win||6–0–1||Gino Escamilla||UD||6||Jul 25, 2008||Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
|6||Win||5–0–1||Daniel Quevedo||UD||4||Mar 28, 2008||Industry Hills Expo Center, City of Industry, California, U.S.|
|5||Win||4–0–1||Jose Pacheco||KO||2 (4), 1:06||Jan 4, 2008||Alameda Swap Meet, Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|4||Win||3–0–1||Elton Dharry||UD||4||Nov 23, 2007||Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, Cabazon, California, U.S.|
|3||Win||2–0–1||Joseph Rios||UD||4||Oct 5, 2007||Cliff Castle Casino Hotel, Camp Verde, Arizona, U.S.|
|2||Draw||1–0–1||Rodrigo Hernandez||MD||4||Jan 5, 2007||Dickerson's Event Center, Las Cruces, New Mexico, U.S.|
|1||Win||1–0||Pedro Silva||KO||2 (4), 1:56||Oct 13, 2006||Palo Duro Creek Golf Course, Nogales, Arizona, U.S.|
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|Regional boxing titles|
Title last held byFahpetchnoi Sor Chitpattana
|WBC Youth bantamweight champion
March 26, 2011 – November 2011
Title next held byTassana Sanpattan
Title last held byTeon Kennedy
|USBA super bantamweight champion
May 4, 2013 – August 2013
|World boxing titles|
Title last held byAbner Mares
|IBF bantamweight champion
June 2, 2012 – February 12, 2013
Title next held byJamie McDonnell
|WBC super bantamweight champion
August 24, 2013 – November 1, 2015
Julio César Ceja Pedraza
promoted from interim status
Title last held byNicholas Walters
|WBA featherweight champion
August 29, 2015 – July 30, 2016
|WBA featherweight champion
January 28, 2017 – present
|Honorary boxing titles|
|New title||WBC Diamond featherweight champion
January 28, 2017 – present