Santa Cruz vs. Martinez Preview

By Boxing News on February 24, 2016
Santa Cruz vs. Martinez Preview
Assuming Santa Cruz gets by Martinez this weekend, perhaps he'll next face Jesus Cuellar.

WBA Super World featherweight champ Leo Santa Cruz will defend his title against Kiko Martinez over a scheduled 12 rounds…

On Saturday, February 27, at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, WBA Super World featherweight champ Leo Santa Cruz (31-0-1, 17 KOs) will defend his title against Kiko Martinez (35-6, 26 KOs) over a scheduled 12 rounds.

Twenty-seven-year-old Santa Cruz, from Rosemead, California, by way of Huetamo, Michoacan de Ocampo, Mexico, is an undefeated 10-year pro who most recently fought in August 2015, beating Abner Mares by majority decision for what was then the vacant WBA title. “El Terremoto” also scored the vacant IBF World bantamweight title in June 2012 by beating Vusi Malinga via unanimous decision and the WBC World super bantamweight title in August 2013 by knocking out Victor Terrazas in the third. The only “blemish” on his record is a draw against Rodrigo Hernandez in January 2007, his second fight.

Martinez, who’ll turn 30 on March 7, is a 12-year ring vet who last fought this past December, stopping Miguel Gonzalez by fourth-round TKO. “La Sensacion” won the IBF World super bantamweight title in August 2013 by stopping Jhonatan Romero via sixth-round TKO, a title he lost to Carl Frampton by unanimous decision in September 2014. The tough Spaniard has only been stopped twice, first by Frampton, who won via ninth-round TKO in February 2013, then by Scott Quigg, who won via second-round TKO in July of last year, when they fought for the Englishman’s WBA World super bantamweight title.

“Martinez is a strong fighter who comes forward and pushes you,” says Santa Cruz. “He never takes a step back and always comes to fight. He said this might be his last fight. When you know it could be your last fight, you’re going to come with everything. This is what we love about this fight.”

Assuming Santa Cruz, a three-division world champ, gets by Martinez, perhaps he’ll next face WBA World featherweight titlist Jesus Cuellar.

In the meantime, Frampton and Quigg are scheduled to meet in a unification bout, also on February 27, at the Manchester Arena in England.

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  1. raxman 10:00pm, 01/19/2016

    Irish - you must be incensed. Its the first comment of yours ever that isn’t full of sarcasm, irony or with your tongue in your cheek.

  2. Fe'Roz 11:16pm, 01/18/2016

    Very uninformative article, lacking terribly in perspective. Kiko’s last three fights were wins against warm bodies but in his last real fights, at 122, not the 126 where he will meet Santa Cruz, were stoppage losses to Frampton and Quigg. In other words, he doesn’t belong in the ring with Leo and the fight is a payday for the latter

  3. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 08:09am, 01/18/2016

    Forget Kiko’s last three hurry up, get well fights at the end of the year in Spain….in his last real fight he was KO’d by Quigg and he’ll get it here too. This is a shit fight.

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