By Tré Berry III🖋️
For the vacant WBA Super-Featherweight Title that was vacated by 🇺🇸Gervonta “Tank” Davis some time ago, Featherweight Titlist 🇲🇽Leo Santa Cruz (37-1-1, 19KO👊) and WBA #2 challenger 🇲🇽Miguel Flores (24-3-0, 12KO👊) got down to business as the co-headliner to the Wilder/Ortiz fight card, and Santa Cruz through 12 boxed his way to a Unanimous Decision to win a Title in his 4th division.
Flores looked to box early and did well, while Santa Cruz took his time to find range. Santa Cruz strung together combinations from middle range while Flores boxed from the outside, and periodically got inside to do some work. The ebbs and flow for the first half of the fight suggested that the action between the two was very even, and could have been an ⚖️even fight up to that point. Leo Santa Cruz once the second half of the fight started stepped up his pace and fought more to what we’re accustomed to seeing and started to let the hands fly, and Flores appeared to be stuck between ⚙️gears. The difference in class between the two fighters became apparent, as only Santa Cruz was able to adjust on the fly, while Flores stuck to his in and out attack which was no longer effective at this point, yet couldn’t adapt to the situation accordingly. There was a point taken away from Flores by Referee Tony Weeks, which seemed like a bit of a harsh penalty. One could argue that Santa Cruz swept the second half of the fight, or came close in doing so. Santa Cruz down the stretch made sure to show more command to further ensure his standing in the fight, and he did so successfully en route to the Unanimous Decision verdict.
Leo Santa Cruz joined the likes of ♛🇲🇽Juan Manuel Marquez, ♛🇲🇽Erik Morales & ♛🇲🇽Jorge Arce as the only boxers to win non-secondary major Titles in 4 different weight divisions with this win here, some pretty impressive company to be in. With Santa Cruz being a simultaneous 2-division Titlist now, he expressed interest to still fight 🇺🇸Gary Russell Jr. (30-1-0, 18KO👊), a fight that has been on the table for ages that never came to fruition, but Leo also stated that he would rather stay at 130 than at 126, something to keep an eye on when it comes to what he wants to do with this Title, and the call out seems to suggest that he would rather face Russell Jr. at 130 at this juncture of his career.
He also called out Lightweight undefeated boxer 🇺🇸Gervonta “Tank” Davis (22-0-0, 21KO👊), who held the Title that Santa Cruz had won tonight. Santa Cruz also uttered that he would fight Tank if he were to come back to 130, or even move up to the Lightweight division in what would be his 5th weight category to box at in order to meet him there for the opportunity. With those 2 options being on his short list, it will be interesting to see what route he ends up going from this point.