Leo Santa Cruz defeated Cristian Mijares by a unanimous decision to retain his WBC junior featherweight title on the Canelo Alvarez-Alfredo Angulo card Saturday in Las Vegas.
Leo Santa Cruz is shy young man from a humble background but he wants to one day headline the big events. The WBC 122-pound titleholder will get closer to that goal if he beats savvy vet Cristian Mijares tonight on the Canelo-Angulo undercard.
Photos from the scales the day before ‘Toe to Toe’ at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Canelo Alvarez, Alfredo Angulo and others weigh in.
Canelo Alvarez said the time for talking is over at the final press conference for his Saturday showdown with Alfredo Angulo. The Mexican star says he’s ready for Angulo and hopes to give fans an entertaining fight.
Canelo Alvarez, Alfredo Angulo and other combatants on the ‘Toe to Toe’ card squared off onstage for the last time before Saturday’s opening bell at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
RingTV’s Alan Massengale sat down with Leo Santa Cruz at the WBC 122-pound beltholder’s camp in La Puente, Calif., to talk about the young fighter’s March 8 title defense against Cristian Mijares, choosing his father to train him, and a future showdown with Abner Mares.
Lightweight titleholder Omar Figueroa on his March 8 bout: “If the knockout doesn’t come, and if I happen to hurt my hands again, then I’m mentally strong and I can adjust, and I know that I can go 12 rounds and win this fight.”
Canelo Alvarez and Alfredo Angulo had vocal fans supporting them at the kick-off press conference for their March 8 PPV headliner in L.A. However, it remains to be seen if fans across the U.S. will purchase the Mexican showdown given both fighters are coming off losses.
The four-bout Showtime Pay Per View card headlined by the Canelo Alvarez-Alfredo Angulo fight on March 8 has been finalized, according to Richard Schaefer. Two title bouts, Leo Santa Cruz-Cristian Mijares and Carlos Molina-Jermall Charlo, are now on the televised part of show at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
When Canelo Alvarez faces Alfredo Angulo on March 8, he’ll share the card with his older brother Ricardo, who could match up with lightweight contender Omar Figueroa.
Most of the fighters involved in the Adrien Broner-Marcos Maidana, Leo Santa Cruz-Cesar Seda, Keith Thurman-Jesus Soto Karass and Beibut Shumenov-Tamas Kovacs matchups promised fireworks on Saturday at The Alamodome in San Antonio.
Unbeaten WBC featherwieght titleholder Abner Mares on his Aug. 24 fight with veteran two-division beltholder Jhonny Gonzalez: “You will see a different Abner Mares. I can’t wait to show that I’m one of the elite.”
The Sept. 14 Floyd Mayweather-Canelo Alvarez fight highlights a huge fall lineup for Golden Boy, with another pay-per-view event to follow on Nov. 9.
Negotiations are ongoing for an early September fight between heavyweights Seth Mitchell and Chris Arreola.