Michael Rosenthal

Leo Santa Cruz outpoints Cesar Seda to retain title

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Leo Santa Cruz defeated Cesar Seda by a unanimous decision in an entertaining fight to retain his WBC junior featherweight title on the Adrien Broner-Marcos Maidana card Saturday at the Alamodome in San Antonio.

The fight was competitive from beginning to end but Santa Cruz, bigger, stronger and typically aggressive, outworked Seda to earn a 116-111, 115-112 and 117-110 nod.

Seda (25-2, 17 knockouts) was the quicker and slicker of the two – and he had his moments – but he couldn’t keep pace with one of the busiest fighters in the world, who pounded the Puerto Rican to head and body from the opening bell.

Santa Cruz (26-0-1, 15 KOs) landed 297 of 829 punches, compared to 170 of 649 for Seda, according to Showtime statistics. Santa Cruz also landed an exceptional 44 percent of his power shots (197 of 454).

Santa Cruz was making the third defense of his title.

Seda has now failed twice in championship fights. He lost a unanimous decision to Omar Narvaez for Narvaez’s WBO junior bantameight title in 2011.

A full report will follow shortly.

 

Photo by Ronald Martinez-Getty Images

 

 

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