From Jeff Aranow: WBA Super World featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz (36-1-1, 19 KOs) made it evident last Saturday night he wants to resist unification matches against 126 lb champions Oscar Valdez, Josh Warrington along with Gary Russell Jr. after his 12 round unanimous decision win over replacement opponent Rafael Rivera (26-3-2, 17 KOs) at the Microsoft Theater in L.A. are now living at Los Angeles.
Santa Cruz beat Rivera on Premier Boxing Champions on FOX and FOX Deportes Saturday. 1,273 punches were thrown by Santa Cruz in beating #1 1 WBA Rivera. Despite most of the punches thrownout, it wasn’t an exciting struggle as a result of lack of competitiveness of this game. It was evident from watching the struggle which Santa Cruz needs to be facing guys .
By fighting 3 x afterwards fighting only once in 2018, santa Cruz wants to be more busy in 2019. Santa Cruz, 30, desires to measure this up against better opposition. His past 2 fights against Abner Mares weren, 24, and Rivera ’t against the best in feather-weight. He was a shell of the former self at the rematch with Santa Cruz June, although mares at the same time was one of the best.
“Any one of the fights, I want them. ”
WBO champion Oscar Valdez is an undo-able struggle due to him with Top Rank. It’d be a miracle to get a struggle between Valdez and also Santa Cruz for left, and it’s not even worth contemplating at the moment. It’d have been a rare comet shooting across the skies. It could happen, but it’so improbable. Best Rank has good a thing together with Valdez with him defend his World Boxing Organization name the WBO has ranked in their top 15. There’s virtually no dangers coming such as Valdez in the future, and that’s going to stay that way for a long time in the future.
(29-1, 17 KOs) is easily the best option to get Santa Cruz when heor rsquo;s serious about needing to struggle a unification game against one of the 126 lb champions. But, Santa Cruz has to be forewarned, which Russell Jr. is someone that may well beat him, and do it however you like. Russell Jr. looked unbeatable in his final struggle in carrying undefeated Joseph Diaz Jr. to school from winning a wide 12 round unanimous decision within him last May.
Discussing of Joseph Diaz Jr.. This ’s what Diaz Jr. mentioned on media:
Santa Cruz says he’d even settle for a third struggle against Carl Frampton when he can’t have the other 3 winners at 126 to fight him. Within their rematch six months later in January 20 17, Santa Cruz avenged his loss in beating Frampton in Las Vegas with way of a 12 round majority decision. Santa Cruz and also Frampton have to have battled with each other by now.
It ’SA waste of time for Santa Cruz to handle Frampton at a third struggle due the Irish fighter having lost his struggle to Warrington with way of a 12 round unanimous decision last December. Frampton looked like a guy against Warrington. He also looked bad against Nonito Donaire and Horacio Garcia. In case the concept is just to earn money Santa Cruz will schedule a third struggle as it would have been a business type of struggle as his rematch with Mares.
The struggle was made any way, although there is no purpose in Santa Cruz fighting Mares a time other than to generate income. In case Frampton is chosen by Santa Cruz, it are exactly the type of situation. In case Santa Cruz wants to prove himself to the Boxing public as one of the most useful in 126, then he’ll pursue Russell Jr., Valdez or Warrington. For Santa Cruz to receive a struggle he’d probably must accept go Ireland. Frampton feels like matters would have been different if their next struggle had taken place in Ireland instead of the U.S.. He also didn’t felt he should have been given the maybe perhaps not, and trust the grading of this struggle.
“I WISh to be back and fight three instances this year against the very best from the branch.
Outside of all of the inventors that Santa Cruz predicted out past Saturday night, Russell Jr. may be the only one with a realistic prospect of happening. But Santa Cruz saying the struggle needed to happen in June or July might make it problematic at piecing with a struggle against Russell Jr., who simply fights once a year to get some reason. Russell Jr’s last struggle was May, so it’s possible he won’t be back inside the ring until 2019.
Last night, santa Cruz used his height and reach work with human body shots over Rivera. It was a case of Santa Cruz being busy with his work speed for the Rivera to receive away his shots to make it a competitive struggle. Rivera showed a chin that was fantastic though in carrying hundreds of uppercuts out of Santa Cruz in the struggle.
“I was within with one of the best fighters in the world and throwing punches and trading together with him.
Rafael “big-bang ” Rivera
Unsurprisingly, the final punch stats were in Santa Cruz’s prefer. He attached on 334 shots out of 1,273 punches thrown for a portion of 26, in accordance with CompuBox. Santa Cruz’s highest assault output came seven decades ago from 2012 in his struggle against Vusi Malinga. 1,350 shots threw but which was when he was fighting at bantamweight.