Frampton vs. Santa Cruz Hold Court In Los Angeles Before Rematch

LOS ANGELES (December 1, 2016) – Featherweight world champion Carl Frampton and former three-division world champion Leo Santa Cruz went face-to-face in Los Angeles Thursday along with lightweight world champion Dejan Zlaticanin and undefeated former two-division world champion Mikey Garcia in advance of their respective showdowns Saturday, January 28 in a Premier Boxing Champions event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and live on SHOWTIME. The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING doubleheader begins at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT with Zlaticanin vs. Garcia. For Frampton and Santa Cruz, Thursday’s event was the second press conference promoting their highly anticipated rematch as the featherweights spoke to media in Belfast, Northern Ireland on Tuesday at the Europa Hotel. Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Ringstar Sports in…

Leo Santa Cruz LA Media Workout Photos/Quotes

Photos courtesy of Scott Hirano/SHOWTIME  ANAHEIM, CALIF. (February 18, 2016) – Undefeated featherweight world champion Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz held an open media workout Thursday at Who’s Next Boxing Academy in La Puente, Calif., as he prepares for his first title defense against Kiko “Sensación” Martinez Saturday, February 27 live on SHOWTIME from Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. Santa Cruz vs. Martinez headlines a SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® tripleheader that features Mexican warriors Julio Ceja and Hugo Ruiz meeting in an awaited super bantamweight world title rematch plus heavyweights Gerald “El Gallo Negro” Washington and Oscar “Kaboom” Rivas will put their unblemished records on the line in a 10-round matchup. The action begins at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT. Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by TGB Promotions, are priced at $27,…

Santa Cruz Wears Down Mares, Wins Majority Decision

LOS ANGELES — In front of a lively Staples Center crowd, Leo Santa Cruz obtained L.A. bragging rights by defeating rival Abner Mares by majority decision (117-111 twice, 114-114). Both fighters engaged from the opening bell with vicious phonebooth exchanges. Mares mixed in counter-punching and movement with his attacks to gain an advantage. However, the tide shifted by the fifth with Santa Cruz utilizing his reach to score eye-catching power shots. In addition, Mares’ mauling was subdued by Santa Cruz mixing in lateral movement, uppercuts and short hooks. The fighters would throw over 2000 punches over the course of 12 rounds (1057 Santa Cruz, 980 Mares). Both Santa Cruz and Mares confirmed their willingness to pursue a…

Santa Cruz, Mares Make Weight; Fans Hype In LA

Santa Cruz vs. Mares Weights: Santa Cruz – 124.8 lbs Mares: 125.2 lbs Undercard Weights Hugo Ruiz – 121.4 lbs Julio Cesar Ceja – 121 lbs Alejandro Luna – 135 lbs Sergio Lopez – 134.2 lbs Alfredo Angulo –  163 lbs Hector Munoz – 159.8 lbs

Video: Santa Cruz vs Mares Final LA Press Conference

LOS ANGELES, CA — On Saturday night, the collision course between WBC super bantamweight champion Leo Santa Cruz and the challenger, former champion Abner Mares finally comes to a head. In the latest installment of Premier Boxing Champions, Santa Cruz and Mares meet for their long anticipated battle for super bantamweight supremacy. Ahead of the bout the combatants and their teams held court for the final time together before the weigh-in and subsequent match-up. A fight informally coined  “The Battle of Los Angeles” looks to be an explosive shoot out that will leave the fans entertained and wanting more. While Mares opted to spend his time at the podium thanking everyone who brought him this…

Video/Photos: Leo Santa Cruz LA Media Workout

LA PUENTE, CA — On August 29th, Leo Santa Cruz steps into the ring with a foe that fans have long waited him to see, Abner Mares. In what is shaping up to be as “The Battle Of Los Angeles” two of Mexico’s biggest young stars look the silence the supremacy whispers once and for all. On Tuesday Santa Cruz, and his team, invited the media to the Who’s Next? Boxing Gym in La Puente to check out his conditioning and answer questions on the highly anticipated title bout. Turning his signature grin down considerably, Santa Cruz was all business as he discussed the upcoming bout, the “cherry picking” social media label and what he wants…

Photos/Quotes: Santa Cruz vs. Mares Press Conference

  LEO SANTA CRUZ “I want to thank all of the fans who are here and I appreciate the support. We always train 100 percent like we’re fighting for a championship.  “I think the fans are the ones who are going to win on August 29th. They are going to get a great fight out there. It’s going to be a war.  “I don’t care what he said about my competition. I’ve wanted to fight him for a long time, this going to be a great fight. “He likes to talk about different things. I’m not going to talk as much. I’m going to be prepared on August 29th and I’m going to be victorious.  …

Santa Cruz, Lomachenko Pick Up Exhibition Wins

LAS VEGAS — Making his 126-pound debut Leo Santa Cruz, in utilitarian fashion, defeated Jose Cayetano by unanimous-decision. No surprise there. In control for the duration of the bout, Santa Cruz had his way landing his familiar combinations while walking Cayetano down. Whenever he attempted to engage and return fire, Cayetano received a barrage of punches from Santa Cruz for his troubles. Another easy win for Santa Cruz with judges final scores 100-90 from all three judges. Opening the pay-per-view broadcast, Vasyl Lomachenko defeated Gamalier Rodriguez by knockout fifty seconds into round nine. After a slow start in the early rounds, Lomachenko placed his foot on the gas picking Rodriguez apart with combination punching. Despite a strong start, Rodriguez had…

Mayweather v Pacquaio Undercard Revealed

FULL NIGHT OF ACTION-PACKED FIGHTS COMING TO THE MGM GRAND GARDEN ARENA SATURDAY, MAY 2   Young Stars Complement Epic Welterweight Championship Showdown Between Floyd Mayweather & Manny Pacquiao   LAS VEGAS (April 27, 2015) – A full lineup of present and future boxing stars is set to entertain the MGM Grand Garden Arena crowd in pay-per-view and non-televised action before the history-making welterweight showdown between Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao on Saturday, May 2. The pay-per-view undercard is topped by a pair of fights featuring two of boxing’s most talented and exciting stars as WBC Super Bantamweight World Champion Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz (29-0-1, 17 KOs) faces Mexican brawler Jose Cayetano (17-3, 8 KOs) and WBO Featherweight World Champion Vasyl Lomachenko (3-1, 1…

Floyd Mayweather Las Vegas Media Workout Photos/Quotes

On Tuesday in Las Vegas, pound-for-pound king Floyd “Money” Mayweather held court and worked out for over 200 accredited members of the media. With the super fight against Manny Pacquiao just over two weeks away, focus is sharpened to a scalpel like point. On hand for the workout, Mayweather, Leonard Ellerbe, Floyd Sr, and Leo Santa Cruz. Cruz, the WBC super bantamweight champion will be fighting on the broadcast portion of the undercard against an opponent who has yet to be named. In case you missed it, quotes and footage from the day’s festivities.  ***** Photo credit: Will Hart/HBO LAS VEGAS – (April 15, 2015) – More than 200 accredited press members from around the world…