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Leo Santa Cruz
"El Terremoto"









Boxing has been a sport that has captured the world's attention for centuries. It is a sport that requires discipline, hard work, and a lot of passion. Léo Santa Cruz is one of those boxers who has lived up to these expectations throughout his career. Born on August 10, 1988, in Huetamo, Michoacán, Mexico, Santa Cruz is a professional boxer who has been entertaining the world with his exceptional skillset for over a decade now.

Santa Cruz is a boxer with a highly commendable record. He has fought a total of 41 times till today, with 38 wins, two losses, and a draw. Out of his 38 victories, 19 were knockouts, and he has never lost via no-contest. With such an impressive record, it is no surprise that Santa Cruz has won five world titles at four weight classes. He has proven his worth time and time again and is known as one of the most highly skilled boxers of his era.

Starting his career as a professional boxer at the age of 18, Santa Cruz defeated Pedro Silva via 2nd round KO on October 13, 2006, marking the beginning of his journey to become one of the most renowned boxers in the world. It was only after 20 professional fights that he had his first world title fight at the age of 23 against Vusi Malinga for the bantamweight IBF (vacant) title. Cruz won the fight via a 12 round unanimous decision, becoming the bantamweight champion of the world in the process.

Throughout his career, one of the most exciting aspects of Santa Cruz's boxing style has been his knockout power. With an impressive record of 19 knockout victories, it is safe to say that Santa Cruz is no stranger to a good knockout. In title fights, he has won via a KO in 7 matches, making him one of the most intimidating opponents in the ring. However, he has also suffered one loss via KO in his professional career, proving that boxing is a sport where anything can happen.

Santa Cruz is also no stranger to the art of defending his titles. He has had 11 title defenses to date, making him a formidable opponent for anyone who challenges him. He has also won world titles at different weight classes, including the bantamweight, super-bantamweight, and featherweight titles, proving that he can excel at any weight class he competes in. It is these victories that have made Santa Cruz one of the most respected boxers in the world.

Of course, with all of his accomplishments, Santa Cruz has also faced his fair share of challenges. He has had a total of two losses in his professional boxing career so far, both in title bouts. The first loss came against Carl Frampton via 12 round majority decision on July 30, 2016. This was Santa Cruz's first defeat after 32 consecutive victories. The second loss came again in a title fight against Gervonta Davis via 6th round knockout on October 31, 2020. Although losing a title is never easy for a boxer, Santa Cruz has never backed down from a challenge and has always come back stronger in his next fight.

Throughout his career, Santa Cruz has also had some notable victories against some of the most formidable boxers in the world. These victories include wins over Carl Frampton, Manuel Roman, Kiko Martínez, Victor Terrazas, Eric Morel, Chris Avalos, and Abner Mares. These victories have cemented his position as one of the most outstanding boxers of his era and have showcased his exceptional skills to the world.

It is safe to say that Santa Cruz's career has been a successful one. He has fought some of the most challenging battles that the boxing world has to offer and has come out on top. However, his journey is not yet over. Santa Cruz's most recent fight was a non-title bout against American boxer Keenan Carbajal on February 5, 2022, where he won the fight via 10 round unanimous decision. This victory marked his 38th win as a professional boxer, and he currently holds a one-fight winning streak.

Boxing enthusiasts can't wait to see what Santa Cruz has in store for them in the future. Whether it is another world title or a chance to avenge his previous losses, Santa Cruz has proven time and time again that he is a boxer that should never be underestimated.

Léo Santa Cruz Fight Record

# Date Age Opponent Result Via
41 Feb 5, 2022 33 Keenan Carbajal Win UD
40 Oct 31, 2020 32 Gervonta Davis Loss KO6
39 Nov 23, 2019 31 Miguel Flores Win UD
38 Feb 16, 2019 30 Rafael Rivera Win UD
37 Jun 9, 2018 29 Abner Mares Win UD
36 Oct 14, 2017 29 Chris Avalos Win KO8
35 Jan 28, 2017 28 Carl Frampton Win MD
34 Jul 30, 2016 27 Carl Frampton Loss MD
33 Feb 27, 2016 27 Kiko Martínez Win TKO5
32 Aug 29, 2015 27 Abner Mares Win MD
31 May 2, 2015 26 Jose Cayetano Win UD
30 Jan 17, 2015 26 Jesus Ruiz Win TKO8
29 Sep 13, 2014 26 Manuel Roman Win KO2
28 Mar 8, 2014 25 Cristian Mijares Win UD
27 Dec 14, 2013 25 César Seda Win UD
26 Aug 24, 2013 25 Victor Terrazas Win TKO3
25 May 4, 2013 24 Alexander Muñoz Win TKO5
24 Dec 15, 2012 24 Alberto Guevara Win UD
23 Nov 10, 2012 24 Victor Zaleta Win TKO9
22 Sep 15, 2012 24 Eric Morel Win RTD5
21 Jun 2, 2012 23 Vusi Malinga Win UD
20 Jan 21, 2012 23 Alejandro Hernández Win RTD4
19 Nov 26, 2011 23 Jorge Romero Win TKO3
18 Jul 30, 2011 22 Everth Briceno Win TKO11
17 Jun 3, 2011 22 Jose Lopez Win KO5
16 Mar 26, 2011 22 Stephane Jamoye Win KO6
15 Oct 21, 2010 22 James Owens Win TKO1
14 Jun 3, 2010 21 Jose Angel Cota Win TKO3
13 Dec 17, 2009 21 Juan Jose Beltran Win TKO3
12 Nov 3, 2009 21 Julio Valadez Win KO1
11 Aug 22, 2009 21 Robert DaLuz Win UD
10 Jul 10, 2009 20 Jonathan Velardez Win UD
9 Mar 7, 2009 20 Jose Garcia Bernal Win UD
8 Sep 19, 2008 20 Adrian Aleman Win UD
7 Jul 25, 2008 19 Gino Escamilla Win UD
6 Mar 28, 2008 19 Daniel Quevedo Win UD
5 Jan 4, 2008 19 Jose Pacheco Win KO2
4 Nov 23, 2007 19 Elton Dharry Win UD
3 Oct 5, 2007 19 Joseph Rios Win UD
2 Jan 5, 2007 18 Rodrigo Hernandez Draw MD
1 Oct 13, 2006 18 Pedro Silva Win KO2