Leo Santa Cruz Steals the Show

By Ted Sares on June 3, 2012
Leo Santa Cruz Steals the Show
His video should be mandatory viewing so that young fighters can watch near perfection

In an incredible display of punch volume (over 1300), Leo Santa Cruz put on a clinic when he decisioned Vusi Malinga at the Home Depot Center last night.

During an evening when Tarver and Wright had trouble pulling the trigger (though at least “The Magic Man” kept his belt) and Trout and Rodriguez waited until the last minute of the last round to seriously engage, Leo (20-0-1) used every punch in the book to win every round and captured the vacant IBF bantamweight title. While Lateef Kayode proved to be as weird in the ring as Del Boy Chisora is out of the ring, it was a joy to watch Leo land as many well placed and punishing body blows one could hope to witness.

While “Kid Chocolate” and Sakio Bika showed they have the stuff to compete at any level and Sherif Bogere continued to impress, Santa Cruz, alias “Teremoto,” was special. His fight video should be mandatory in every trainer’s gym so that young fighters can watch near perfection. Not only did he aggressively mix stiff jambs, sharp combos, overhand rights, and stinging left and right hooks to the body, but he also displayed superb stamina and a fine defense. Maybe the fact that Malinga was a willing partner who squared up instead of using angles gave Leo what he wanted, but even that did not detract from Leo’s stylish work.

During an evening in which fight fans should have been fore-warned as to the event’s potential boredom, Leo Santa Cruz both distinguished and marketed himself.

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  1. TEX HASSLER 06:12pm, 06/04/2012

    Some of the best fights are put on by the lighter weight guys. Tarver needs to hang up the gloves for good.

  2. The Thresher 02:49pm, 06/03/2012


  3. MRBILL-HARDCORE XXX 02:22pm, 06/03/2012

    Also, Buddy Baer played the giant in the early 1950’s film of Abbott and Costello’s “Jack and the Beanstalk.” That there is trivia…... WORD!

  4. The Thresher 11:58am, 06/03/2012

    Yes. Max was one of my all-time favorite characters. Pure malice but a geat wit. Pure old school noir type of guy. Loved him.

  5. MRBILL-HARDCORE XXX 11:55am, 06/03/2012

    Ted, of course you are aware the Buddy Brannen (Max Baer) actually fought and KO’d Gus Dundee (Pat Comisky) earlier in ‘41 with Baer scoring a 1st. round kayo…. That was a solid 14 years prior to filming the Bogie film in ‘55… WORD!

  6. The Thresher 11:25am, 06/03/2012

    BTW, you didn’t miss anything. I finally got to bed around 2:00 AM .

  7. The Thresher 11:25am, 06/03/2012

    Ah, good to see you on here, MRBILL. Tarver could not pull the trigger last night but he did rock that loon he fought. Kyode makes Del Boy Chisora look normal. The guy is as weird as it gets.

  8. MRBILL-HARDCORE XXX 10:22am, 06/03/2012

    I do not have Showtime, so I missed the card last night… However, I heard Tony Tarver fought to a draw with somebody I’ve never heard of before… Tarver at age 43 should retire from the ring and stick with calling the fights for Showtime in a suit and tie… He’s got a pro record of 29-6 with “X” amount of KO’s and he’s fought the best over the last 10 years at 175 pounds, as well as some decent guys at 200 pounds… He’s borderline Hall of Fame in my eyes…. He could get in up in New York some day…

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