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Leo Santa Cruz vs Miguel Flores report
Who won Santa Cruz vs Flores?
Leo Santa Cruz beat Miguel Flores by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest on Saturday 23rd November 2019 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
The scorecards were announced as 115-112, 117-110, 117-110 in favor of winner Leo Santa Cruz.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 12 rounds in the Super Featherweight division, which meant the weight limit was 130 pounds (9.3 stone or 59 KG).
This contest was for the vacant WBA super featherweight championship of the world.
This fight appeared on the undercard of Deontay Wilder beating Luis Ortiz for the WBC World Heavyweight championship. Also, on the undercard Brandon Figueroa beat Julio Ceja for the WBA World Super Bantamweight belt.
Santa Cruz vs Flores stats
Leo Santa Cruz stepped into the ring with a record of 36 wins, 1 loss and 1 draw, 19 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Miguel Flores made his way to the ring with a record of 24 wins, 2 loses and 0 draws, with 12 of those wins by knock out.
The stats suggested Santa Cruz had a slight advantage in power over Flores, with a 53% knock out percentage over Flores' 50%.
Leo Santa Cruz was the older man by 4 years, at 34 years old.
Flores had a height advantage of 1 inch over Santa Cruz. Despite this, both fighters had equal reach.
Both Leo Santa Cruz & Miguel Flores fought out of an orthodox stance.
Santa Cruz was the more experienced professional fighter, having had 12 more fights, and made his debut in 2006, 2 years and 10 months earlier than Flores, whose first professional fight was in 2009. He had fought 118 more professional rounds, 277 to Flores' 159.
Miguel Flores was ranked number 2 by the WBA in the 130lb division.
Santa Cruz vs Flores form
Santa Cruz had beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 1 of them, going the distance 3 times.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, 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, 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.
Santa Cruz's last 5 fights had come over a period of 6 years, 10 months and 5 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 1 year, 4 months and 15 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 56 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 11.2 rounds on average.
What time did Santa Cruz vs Flores start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 8:00 PM EST / 5:00 PM PST at MGM Grand, Las Vegas, United States, which was around 1:00 AM GMT in the UK.
Who broadcast Santa Cruz vs Flores?
Santa Cruz vs Flores was broadcast on FOX Sports PPV in the US, while the fight was broadcast in the United Kingdom by Sky Sports Action.
What were the odds on Santa Cruz vs Flores?
Leo Santa Cruz was a 1/100 (-10000) favourite going into the contest, while Miguel Flores made his way into the ring at 16/1 (+1600) with oddsmakers.
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