Leo Santa Cruz
  • Leo Santa Cruz

  • 37-1-1
  • WBA Super World Featherweight Champion
  • WBA Super World Super Featherweight Champion
  • form MD 12TKO 8UD 12UD 12UD 12 <
  • Stats
  • age31
  • height 5' 7" / 171cm
  • reach 68.9" / 175cm
  • stanceOrthodox (r)
  • Full record
  • wins37
  • by ko19
  • ko%51%
  • Lost1
  • Stopped0
  • Draws1
  • Debut2006
  • pro rds261

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, 1 loss and 1 draw.

Of those 37 wins, he's stopped 19 of his opponents, so his current knock-out ratio is 51%.

In his only defeat, he lost on the scorecards.

He's boxed a total of 261 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 7 months and 20 days ago.

How active is Leo Santa Cruz?

Santa Cruz's last 5 fights had come over a period of 2 years and 6 months, meaning he had been fighting on average every 7 months and 20 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 56 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 11.2 rounds on average.

What belts does Leo Santa Cruz hold?

He currently holds the WBA Super World Featherweight and WBA Super World Super Featherweight championships.

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 1262 days (3 years 5 months and 16 days) and has defended the belt 3 times. He is yet to make a mandatory defence of this belt.

He won a vacant belt against Miguel Flores, beating him by unanimous decision after 12 rounds on 23rd November 2019. He has held this belt for a total of 233 days (7 months and 20 days) and is yet to make a defence of the belt. 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 featherweight is currently 31 years old. He was born on 10th August 1988, so he will turn 32 in 28 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 13 years and 9 months.

How tall is Leo Santa Cruz?

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

What is Santa Cruz's Reach?

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

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 will be Leo Santa Cruz's Next Fight?

Leo Santa Cruz's doesn't currently have a fight scheduled. Some potential future fights for Leo Santa Cruz include Gary Russell Jr, Oscar Valdez, Carl Frampton, Unified Lightweight Champion Vasyl Lomachenko and Josh Warrington.

What are some potential opponents for Leo Santa Cruz?

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

How can I stream Leo Santa Cruz's Fight?

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 won 5 of his most recent fights, stopping 1 of them, going the distance 4 times.

In his last fight, he won against Miguel Flores on 23rd November 2019 by unanimous decision in their WBA Super World Super Featherweight championship fight at MGM Grand, Las Vegas, United States.

Previous to that, he had won against Rafael Rivera on 16th February 2019 by unanimous decision in their WBA Super World Featherweight championship fight at Microsoft Theater, California.

Going into that contest, he had beat Abner Mares on 9th June 2018 by unanimous decision in their WBA Super World Featherweight championship fight at Staples Center, LA.

Before that, he had defeated 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.

He had won against Carl Frampton on 28th January 2017 by majority decision in their WBA Super World Featherweight championship fight at MGM Grand, Las Vegas.

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Leo Santa Cruz's Next Fight

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 Leo Santa Cruz include Gary Russell Jr, Oscar Valdez, Carl Frampton, Unified Lightweight Champion Vasyl Lomachenko and Josh Warrington.

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Leo Santa Cruz's Potential Fights & Rumours

  • Russell Jr vs Santa Cruz
  • 31-1-0 37-1-1
  • Potential : Late 2020
  • WBC World Featherweight Championship
  • WBA Super World Featherweight Championship
  • Valdez vs Santa Cruz
  • 27-0-0 37-1-1
  • Potential : Late 2020
  • WBO World Featherweight Championship
  • WBA Super World Featherweight Championship
  • Santa Cruz vs Frampton
  • 37-1-1 27-2-0
  • Potential : Late 2020
  • WBA Super World Featherweight Championship
  • Lomachenko vs Santa Cruz
  • 14-1-0 37-1-1
  • Potential : Summer 2020
  • WBA Super World Super Featherweight Championship
  • Santa Cruz vs Warrington
  • 37-1-1 30-0-0
  • Potential : Late 2020
  • IBF World Featherweight Championship
  • WBA Super World Featherweight Championship

Leo Santa Cruz's Last 5 Fights

  • Santa Cruz vs Flores
  • 36-1-1 24-2-0
  • UD 12 UD 12
  • Saturday 23rd November 2019
  • WBA Super World Super Featherweight Championship
  • Santa Cruz vs Rivera
  • 35-1-1 26-2-2
  • UD 12 UD 12
  • Saturday 16th February 2019
  • WBA Super World Featherweight Championship
  • Santa Cruz vs Mares
  • 34-1-1 31-2-1
  • UD 12 UD 12
  • Saturday 9th June 2018
  • WBA Super World Featherweight Championship
  • Santa Cruz vs Avalos
  • 33-1-1 27-5-0
  • TKO 8 TKO 8
  • Saturday 14th October 2017
  • WBA Super World Featherweight Championship
  • Frampton vs Santa Cruz
  • 23-0-0  32-1-1
  • MD 12 MD 12
  • Saturday 28th January 2017
  • WBA Super World Featherweight Championship

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