Las Vegas – Leo Santa Cruz (28-0-1,16KO) didn’t need time to figure out his opponent, former sparring partner from Maywood Boxing Club, Manuel Roman (17-3-3,6KO). It only took him 235 seconds to land a fight ending right hand to the ear of Roman. Leo earned $750,000 for WBC super bantamweight title defense which was a chief supporting bout to Mayweather Maidana rematch at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday night. The fight was televised by Showtime PPV. Twenty six year old Santa Cruz seemed genuinely disappointed that it ended so early.
“I knew the right was going to land,” said Santa Cruz in a post fight interview with Jim Gray:” That’s what we practiced in the gym with my dad. He was saying with the right you are going to catch him. We practiced it and we got it. That’s what we do. We train hard in the gym, so we can come and make it easy over here.”
Young Mexican champion who currently resides in Rosemead, California certainly made it look easy in the ring. But he was expected to do that against an undersized and overmatched opponent. Little-big man’s popularity has been growing like a wildfire because of his relentless aggression inside the squared circle. But he needs a serious challenge to please discriminating boxing fans. Who would it be?
Santa Cruz immediately called out Guillermo Rigondeaux.” I know the fans, they want Guillermo Rigondeaux,” exclaimed Santa Cruz:” I am coming to get you. I am not scared to fight you Rigondeaux. If my manager and my promoter and you guys come to an agreement, I am here. I am not scared of nobody!”
If by chance you are not familiar with these guys, I can only describe this intriguing matchup as a Superbowl of boxing’s super bantamweight division where best offense meets the best defense. With the old adage saying styles make fights, these styles will make a dream showdown.