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Leo Santa Cruz
Leo Santa Cruz

Records

37-2-1

Form

UD 12
UD 12
UD 12
TKO 8
MD 12

Belts held

WBA Super World Featherweight champion
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Next Scheduled Defence
TBA
Last defence
Mexico flag Rivera (26-2-2) UD 12 16-Feb-2019
Time inactive
745 days - (2 years)
Won against
United Kingdom flag Frampton (23-0-0 ) MD 12 28-Jan-2017
Time held
1494 days - (4 years & 1 month)
Total defences
3
Feb 16 2019
UD 12 Mexico flag Rivera (26-2-2)
Jun 09 2018
UD 12 Mexico flag Mares (31-2-1)
Oct 14 2017
TKO 8 United States flag Avalos (27-5-0)
Activity average
Every 498 days - (1 year & 4 months)
Mandatory challenger
TBC
Last mandatory
None Called Yet
Since a mandatory
1494 days - (4 years & 1 month)

Stats

age
32
Height
5' 7" / 171 cm
Reach
68.9" / 175 cm
Stance
Orthodox (R)

Full record

Wins
37
By KO
19
KO%
51%
Lost
2
Stopped
1
Draws
1
Debut
2006
Pro RDS
267

Ranking @ Super Featherweight

ring
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wbo
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ibf
-
wbc
4
wba
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The story

Born on August 10 1988 in Huetamo, Michoacan, Mexico, Leo Santa Cruz started boxing at a young age, like many of the great Mexican fighters. Although he didn’t win any major international tournaments, he did put together an impressive amateur record of 148-7.

Shortly after turning 20, Santa Cruz fought in his first professional boxing match. On October 13, 2006, he took on Pedro Silva, who he defeated by knockout in the second round. He wasn’t as successful in his subsequent bout, as he fought Rodrigo Hernandez to a majority draw after four rounds.

Despite that minor setback, he started putting together a winning streak over the next several years. Most his victories were by unanimous decision, but towards the end of 2009, he started learning how to put more pop into his punches. On November 3, 2009, he blasted Julio Valadez for a first-round KO. He followed that up with three TKO victories in a row. While none of those were against high-level fighters, his next fight was against the 20-2 Stephane Jamoye for the WBC Youth interim bantamweight title. Leo Santa Cruz took it to the veteran fighter, picking up a KO win in the sixth round.

He brought his record to 19-0-1, with nine consecutive stoppages, when he fought Vusi Malinga on June 2, 2012 for the IBF bantamweight title. In his first world title fight, Santa Cruz controlled the proceedings from beginning to end, earning a unanimous decision victory after 12 rounds. He would defend that belt three times before making the decision to go up in weight to the super bantamweight division.

Making his debut at his new weight class on May 4, 2013, he beat Alexander Munoz by way of fifth-round TKO, winning the USBA super bantamweight belt in the process. His next fight was even more impressive, as he beat Victor Terrazas by TKO in the third round to add the WBC super bantamweight belt to his collection. He made four title defenses before moving up in weight again, this time to the featherweight division.

Leo Santa Cruz announced him to the world in his featherweight debut, in no small part because it was occurring on the blockbuster Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight card, which shattered every pay-per-view record. He took full advantage, cruising to a 10-round unanimous decision victory. His next fight was for the WBA featherweight title on August 29, 2015 against Abner Mares. In a classic contest, both men fought hard, but Santa Cruz was able to edge out a majority decision win, staying on the outside just enough to keep himself out of danger.

He defended that belt once by beating Kiko Martinez in a slugfest, eventually picking up the fifth-round TKO. However, in his next attempted defense on July 30, 2016, he would lose his belt to Carl Frampton by majority decision in a very close fight. He got a shot at redemption on January 28, 2017 and took full advantage. Although he only won by majority decision, he landed far more punches and got the WBA belt back.

Leo Santa Cruz profile

What is Leo Santa Cruz's Record?

Leo Santa Cruz's record currently stands at 37 wins, 2 loses and 1 draw. Of those 37 wins he's stopped 19 of his opponents, so his current knock-out ratio is 51%. Of his 2 loses, he's been stopped 1 time. He's boxed a total of 267 rounds, meaning his professional fights last 6.7 rounds on average.

What was Santa Cruz's last fight?

Leo Santa Cruz's last fight took place against Miguel Flores' on 23rd Nov 2019, in Las Vegas, United States. He won by unanimous decision after 12 rounds. That fight was 1 year and 3 months ago.

How active is Leo Santa Cruz?

Santa Cruz's last 5 fights have come over a period of 4 years, 1 month and 2 days, meaning he has been fighting on average every 9 months and 25 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 56 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 11.2 rounds on average.

What belts does Leo Santa Cruz hold?

He won WBA Super World Featherweight belt against Carl Frampton, beating him by majority decision after 12 rounds on 28th January 2017. He has held this belt for a total of 1494 days (4 years, 1 month and 5 days) and has defended the belt 3 times. He is yet to make a mandatory defence of this belt.

Where is Leo Santa Cruz From?

Santa Cruz was born in Mexico.

How Old Is Leo Santa Cruz?

The super featherweight is currently 32 years old. He was born on 10th August 1988, so he will turn 33 in 5 months and 8 days.

How long has Santa Cruz been fighting?

Leo Santa Cruz made his professional debut in October 2006, so he has been a pro for 14 years and 4 months.

How good is Leo Santa Cruz?

Santa Cruz is currently ranked 4th by the WBC at Super Featherweight.

How tall is Leo Santa Cruz?

Santa Cruz is 5' 7" (5 Foot and 7 inches) which is 171cm (1 meter and 71 centimeters).

What is Santa Cruz's Reach?

His reach is 68.9 inches (68.9") which is 175 cm (1 meter and 75 centimeters).

What stance does Leo Santa Cruz use?

Santa Cruz fights from a traditional orthodox stance, which means he favours his right hand as his power hand when fighting.

What are some potential opponents for Leo Santa Cruz?

Some potential future fights for Santa Cruz include Gary Russell Jr, Oscar Valdez, Vasyl Lomachenko, Carl Frampton and Josh Warrington.

What will be Leo Santa Cruz's Next Fight?

Leo Santa Cruz's doesn't currently have a fight scheduled.

Some potential future fights for Santa Cruz include Gary Russell Jr, Oscar Valdez, Vasyl Lomachenko, Carl Frampton and Josh Warrington.

How can I stream Leo Santa Cruz's Fights?

In the UK you can usually stream Santa Cruz's fights on NowTV and Sky Go.

In the US you can usually stream Leo Santa Cruz's fights via Fox Sports Go App.

What are some recent Leo Santa Cruz results?

Santa Cruz has beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 1 of them, going the distance 3 times.

In his last fight, he won against Rafael Rivera on 16th February 2019 by unanimous decision in their WBA Super World Featherweight championship fight at Microsoft Theater, California, United States.

Previous to that, he had won against Abner Mares on 9th June 2018 by unanimous decision in their WBA Super World Featherweight championship fight at Staples Center, LA.

Going into that contest, he had beat Chris Avalos on 14th October 2017 by technical knockout in the 8th round in their WBA Super World Featherweight championship fight at StubHub Center, Carson.

Before that, he had defeated Carl Frampton on 28th January 2017 by majority decision in their WBA Super World Featherweight championship fight at MGM Grand, Las Vegas.

He had been beaten by Carl Frampton on 30th July 2016 by majority decision in their WBA Super World Featherweight championship fight at Barclays Center, New York.

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Leo Santa Cruz's next fight

When is Leo Santa Cruz's Next Fight?

Leo Santa Cruz's doesn't currently have a fight scheduled.

Some potential future fights for Santa Cruz include Gary Russell Jr, Oscar Valdez, Vasyl Lomachenko, Carl Frampton and Josh Warrington.

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How can I stream Leo Santa Cruz's Fights?

In the UK you can usually stream Santa Cruz's fights on NowTV and Sky Go.

In the US you can usually stream Leo Santa Cruz's fights via Fox Sports Go App.

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