3 More Rounds

Santa Cruz stops Martinez in a thriller

Photos: Stephanie Trapp / Showtime

Photos: Stephanie Trapp / Showtime

It was a quick, yet action packed night of boxing in Anaheim, California as Leo Santa Cruz successfully defended his super featherweight title in dominant fashion in the main event and Hugo Ruiz earned a super bantamweight title in even more dominant fashion in the night’s co-main event.

Santa Cruz, (32-0, 18KO) started off with two knockdowns in the first frame, (throwing well over 100 punches in the first round) and went on to land at high percentages in power punches, jabs and total punches thrown.

Referee Raul Caiz Jr. stepped in to halt the proceedings in the fifth as Martinez, who made a good showing of himself by surviving two early knockdowns, no longer has any answers for Santa Cruz’s constant assault.

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“In the fifth round I knew I had to finish him off and I did,” said Santa Cruz.

“He was ready and he brought it on. The fans love it when two fighters go toe-to-toe and that’s what we did tonight.

I wanted to give the fans a great fight. We went toe-to-toe, and he’s a tough fighter.”

Martinez was gracious in defeat and applauded Santa Cruz’s willingness to trade.

“I want to thank Leo Santa Cruz for being a great fighter. He was really game tonight.”

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In the night’s co-main event, Hugo Ruiz stepped on the gas from the start of round one and landed a monster right hand to fell Julio Ceja, and moments later Ruiz earned a stoppage victory with a referee stoppage that earned him the WBC super-bantamweight title.

“I was very prepared to knock him out, but I was prepared to go 12 rounds tonight also if I had to. I was happy to knock him out in the first round.

Ruiz threw 37 total punches yet it was the right hand that Ceja could not recover from. Ceja was only able to throw eight total punches in the fight; five jabs and three power punches, only landing one power punch.

“We came very prepared for this fight. Ceja is a very good fighter and I know he’ll come back.”

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