The world champion in three different weight classes Leo Santa Cruz entered this fight with a professional record of 35-1-1 (19 knockouts) and he is ranked as the No.1 featherweight in the world. ‘El Terremoto’ Santa Cruz suffered his only loss when he faced Carl Frampton in 2016 (Santa Cruz vs Frampton I) but then, in 2017, he took revenge on him (Frampton vs Santa Cruz II) and he beat Chris Avalos (Leo Santa Cruz vs Chris Avalos); Leo fought just once in 2018 defeating Abner Mares in their rematch (Leo Santa Cruz vs Abner Mares 2).
His opponent, Rafael Rivera, has a boxing record of 26-2-2 (17 knockouts) and he entered as the No.78 super featherweight but he lost two out of his last three fights, against Joseph Diaz (Joseph Diaz vs Rafael Rivera) and Joet Gonzalez (Joet Gonzalez vs Rafael Rivera); after this bout he came back to win with Jose Ramos. Santa Cruz vs Rivera is valid for the WBA Super World featherweight title. Watch the video and rate this fight!
Where: Microsoft Theater, Los Angeles, California, USA
Division: featherweight (126 lbs, 57.2 kg)
Title: WBA Super World featherweight title
Santa Cruz’s previous fight: Leo Santa Cruz vs Abner Mares 2
Santa Cruz vs Rivera full fight video:
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