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Fight Preview: Santa Cruz vs. Martinez

Photo: Stephanie Trapp / Showtime

Photo: Stephanie Trapp / Showtime

Ding ding ding!!!!

Here we go 3MR readers with a same day edition of the Prizefight Preview!

We have Leo Santa Cruz taking on Kiko Martinez in defense of his WBA super featherweight title live on Showtime from Anaheim, California.

Santa Cruz, (31-0, 17KO) is a heavy favorite heading into first bell, but Martinez is no stranger to heading into a fight with an underdog tag, and has some big game experience himself.

We also have a great support bout with Juilo Ceja taking on Hugo Ruiz in what is a rematch of a thriller of a fight last year that also was a support bout to a Santa Cruz fight when the Los Angeles fighter took on Abner Mares at the Staples Center.

So let’s get to it, 3MR!!!!


In the speed department, the volume punching, lanky Santa Cruz doesn’t boast top ten speed, yet he should have more than enough fleet of foot to spark off his combinations and get out of harm’s way before Martinez can fire back.



Santa Cruz has registered 17 career stoppage wins in his fistic career which began in 2006, while Martinez has logged 26 career KO since his career started in 2004.

Although Martine has stopped more men with his fists than Santa Cruz has, the younger fighter has stopped higher quality opponents in his undefeated career alongside multiple title wins and higher quality wins.



Again this category can lead one to believe both fighters are on par with each other. This is not the case in this instance as Santa Cruz also has the upper hand.

Martinez has 41 career bouts to Santa Cruz’s 31, but again the higher level of opposition provides Santa Cruz with the advantage. It is hard to substitute quantity over quality; such is the case with Martinez. Although Martinez has faced name fighters in his division, he has lost most of those bouts, and some in the early rounds. (TKO loss to Scott Quigg and a loss to Carl Frampton come to mind).


So there you have it folks, it’s a landslide on the books, yet Santa Cruz still has to execute, and there is an old saying that goes ‘that’s why they fight the fights’. Once Jimmy Lennon Jr., belts out his infamous ‘It’s Showwwtimeeee!!!’, remember, anything can happen in the theatre of the unexpected!!!


Julio Ceja and Jorge Ruiz will once again do battle, this time for the full version ofthe WBC super-bantamweight title in what will be a rematch of their knockdown trading, all out slugfest that ended up in a TKO victory for Ceja last year in downtown Los Angeles.

Once again Ceja and Ruiz will support a Santa Cruz main event, and this match-up is looking forward to by boxing heads even more so than the main event!

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