The main event of the evening Boxing on 23 November was the fight between WBC champion in the heavyweight by DevTeam Wilder and Challenger for this belt –the Cuban Luis Ortiz. However interesting, in particular for the Ukrainian fans, there was another fight – a fight in the second Featherweight between Mexican Leo Santa Cruz and U.S. representative Miguel Flores.
It was a game, where at stake was the vacant belt world champion under version WBA to 59 pounds. I wonder what the limit of this division in the near future plans to make our Vasyl Lomachenko.
The clear favorite was the battle of Santa Cruz, which belongs to the cohort of the elite boxers of modern professional Boxing. He has received the title of champion in three weight divisions, and now began to assault the fourth. Fighter has good technical Arsenal, constantly high functional readiness, showing an incredible performance in his fights.
Leo Santa Cruz
Leo spent the 155 fights in the Amateur ring, 148 times was victorious, became the world champion among cadets at the age of 15. But have not received high honors among lovers, as it is quickly transferred to professionals.
In the fifth year of performances on a professional ring won the right to fight for the championship belt of light weight (to 53.5 kg). Successfully took the opportunity to win the title in a fight against the Us of maling. Then spent 3 successful title defense and rose for a second light weight (to 55.3 kg). In the second match in this category, won the WBC title by knocking out in round 3, compatriot Victor Terazas.
Two confident protection – and then climb in weight, this time in the Featherweight division (57.2 kg). One interim fight and Leo goes to the title fight, which takes another compatriot of Abner Mares. It happened on 29 August 2015. 9 June 2018 they will play another one match where victory will again have Santa Cruz.
Video of the battle of Santa Cruz against Abner mares of
A year beating the undefeated Brit Carl Frampton and suffers the first defeat in his professional career. However, in the next meeting takes bright revenge.
Video of the second battle of Santa Cruz vs Frampton
Then spends the next two winning the battle and decides to conquer the fourth weight category. This time Leo does not hold the intermediate matches. Immediately goes to battle for the vacant WBA heavyweight Super. Opponent – a native of Mexico, and now U.S. representative – middle peasants of the second Featherweight Miguel Flores.
As for the match, it took place in a fairly competitive fight. Boxers with the strikes, of which, however, the best part comes on the air. The American was vigorous in the first round, but in the second Mexican increased the pace and took the center of the ring. Santa Cruz is constantly pressing on the enemy, was a little more active and effective. This persuaded the judges to his side. In addition, the main referee in the ring took one penalty with Flores for holding hands. 117-110 and 115-112 twice in favor of the favorite.
Video of the battle of Santa Cruz vs Flores
Santa Cruz has repeatedly stated that he wants to fight Lomachenko and constantly remembers the champion from Ukraine. For Basil this fight is also very interesting. The Ukrainian dreams of glory, his Boxing legacy. Perhaps this opponent, as Leo Santa Cruz, is perfect as a scalp for its construction. Expect that this fight will take place in the fall of 2020 or early 2021.