Russell Jr vs Santa Cruz

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  • Russell Jr vs Santa Cruz
  • 31-1-0 37-1-1
  • Potential : Late 2020
  • USA
  • WBC World Featherweight Championship
  • WBA Super World Featherweight Championship
  • 12 Round Contest @ Featherweight
  • TKO 2TKO 7UD 12TKO 5UD 12 < form MD 12TKO 8UD 12UD 12UD 12 <
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  • 32 age 31
  • 5' 5" / 164cm height 5' 7" / 171cm
  • 64.2" / 163cm reach 68.9" / 175cm
  • Southpaw (l) stance Orthodox (r)
  • full record
  • 31 wins 37
  • 18 by ko 19
  • 58% Ko% 51%
  • 1 Losses 1
  • 0 Stopped 0
  • 0 draws 1
  • 2009 Debut 2006
  • 160 Pro rds 261
  • current rankings @ Featherweight
  • 2 The Ring
  • WBA
  • WBC
  • WBO
  • IBF

Russell Jr vs Santa Cruz Info

Gary Russell Jr could face the challenge of Leo Santa Cruz in Late 2020 in the United States.

The fight would take place over 12 rounds in the Featherweight division, which means the weight limit would be 126 pounds (9 stone or 57.1 KG).

The contest would be for the unified featherweight championship of the world, with the WBC & WBA belts on the line.

Russell Jr would be making his 6th defence of the WBC World Featherweight Championship. He won this belt against Jhonny Gonzalez in March 2015. He has held this belt for 5 years 4 months and 7 days.

Santa Cruz will be making his 4th defence of the WBA Super World Featherweight Championship. He won this belt against Carl Frampton in January 2017. He has held this belt for 3 years 6 months and 7 days.

Russell Jr vs Santa Cruz stats

Gary Russell Jr would step into the ring with a record of 31 wins and 1 loss, 18 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.

Leo Santa Cruz would make his way to the ring with a record of 37 wins, 1 loss and 1 draw, with 19 of those wins by knock out.

The stats suggest Russell Jr would have a slight advantage in power over Santa Cruz, with a 58% knock out percentage over Santa Cruz's 51%.

Gary Russell Jr is the older man by 1 year, at 32 years old.

Santa Cruz has a height advantage of 2 inches over Russell Jr. This also extends to a 5-inch reach advantage.

Gary Russell Jr fights out of the southpaw stance, while Leo Santa Cruz is an orthodox fighter.

Russell Jr is currently the less experienced professional fighter, having had 7 less fights, and made his debut in 2009, 2 year and 3 months later than Santa Cruz, who’s first professional fight was in 2006. He has fought 101 less professional rounds, 160 to Santa Cruz's 261.

Gary Russell Jr goes into the fight ranked number 2 by the RING in the 126lb division.

Russell Jr vs Santa Cruz form

Russell Jr has won 5 of his most recent fights, stopping 3 of them, going the distance twice.

In his last fight, he won against Tugstsogt Nyambayar on 8th February 2020 by unanimous decision in their WBC World Featherweight championship fight at Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States.

Previous to that, he had won against Kiko Martinez on 18th May 2019 by technical knockout in the 5th round in their WBC World Featherweight championship fight at Barclays Center, New York.

Going into that contest, he had beat Joseph ‘Jo Jo’ Diaz on 19th May 2018 by unanimous decision in their WBC World Featherweight championship fight at MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, Maryland.

Before that, he had defeated Oscar Escandon on 20th May 2017 by technical knockout in the 7th round in their WBC World Featherweight championship fight at MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill.

He had won against Patrick Hyland on 16th April 2016 by technical knockout in the 2nd round in their WBC World Featherweight championship fight at Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket.

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

In his last fight, he defeated 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 defeated 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 won against 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 beat Carl Frampton on 28th January 2017 by majority decision in their WBA Super World Featherweight championship fight at MGM Grand, Las Vegas.

Activity check

In terms of recent activity, Leo Santa Cruz has been fighting more than Gary Russell Jr.

Gary Russell Jr last fought 5 months and 27 days ago, while Leo Santa Cruz's last outing was 8 months and 12 days ago.

Russell Jr's last 5 fights have come over a period of 3 years 9 months and 23 days, meaning he has been fighting on average every 11 months and 14 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 38 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 7.6 rounds on average.

Santa Cruz's last 5 fights have come over a period of 2 years 9 months and 26 days, meaning he has been fighting on average every 8 months and 14 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 56 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 11.2 rounds on average.

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