Leo Santa Cruz was simply too big and strong for older and undersized Alexander Munoz. The former bantamweight titleholder overwhelmed Munoz to a fifth-round TKO on the undercard of the Floyd Mayweather-Robert Guerrero event in Las Vegas on Saturday.
Santa Cruz (24-0-1, 14 knockouts), a former IBF 118-pound beltholder from Los Angeles, scored knockdowns in rounds four and five en route to his first win in the junior featherweight division (122 pounds).
“I wanted to give fans a good fight,” said Santa Cruz. “I need to work on my defense a little bit, my head movement. Sometimes I get carried away and I just want to bang.”
Munoz (36-5, 28 KOs), a former two-time 115-pound titleholder from Venezuela, tired to hang in there and slug it out with the larger, younger man but could not defend against the punishing body attack and accurate head shots that Santa Cruz delivered.
“I have to go down in weight,” Munoz said. ”His weight was too much for me. Santa Cruz is very good, but he has room to improve, because I landed a lot of punches. I’m still going to fight, but I’m going down to bantamweight.”
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