Santa Cruz vs. Zaleta
(Photo: Showtime) By Michael Montero: IBF bantamweight champion Leo Santa Cruz is one of the most proficient offensive fighters in the sport today; the kid just doesn’t stop throwing punches, bell to bell. Tonight LA’s Santa Cruz defended his IBF bantamweight title before a hometown crowd at the Staples Center against Victor Zaleta, of El Paso, Texas. As is typical in Santa Cruz bouts, this was a lesson in combination punching that was fun to watch.
From the opening bell it was Santa Cruz, now 22-0-1 (13 KO’s), who charged forward, enforcing his will on his lesser experienced opponent. Zaleta was very game and never stopped trying, despite being dropped in the 4th round and again in the 7th. Both times he was put down he hung tough and fired back with determination. But he was being broken down systematically and it didn’t look like he could finish the fight.
In the 9th round Santa Cruz finished the show, landing a flush straight right that dropped Zaleta, now 20-3-1 (10 KO’s), for a third and final time. The ref called the fight right then and there, as the Texas native had taken enough punishment and looked in bad shape. Santa Cruz had thrown over 800 punches to that point and landed many hard shots in each round. Continue reading
Thank you, everyone for taking the time out to join today’s call. We’re going to get straight to the fighters. On the first half we’ll have Alfredo Angulo and Leo Santa Cruz and then later we will be joined by Anselmo Moreno and Abner Mares. So at this time I’m going to turn the call over to the President of Golden Boy Promotions, Oscar De La Hoya. Oscar?
Oscar De La Hoya
Thank you, Monica. We are getting close. Thank you guys, all the media; I appreciate you being on the call. This is definitely one of the Golden Boy’s more exciting and anticipated cards of the year. Continue reading
ABO, PUERTO RICO- Former two time world champion, Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon, announced today his retirement of boxing in an event held at the new Amelia Municipal Boxing Gym Felix Pagan Pintor, where Calderon is going to work as trainer and administrator.
After 11 years as a professional boxer, a record of 35-3-1, 6 KOs, and World Boxing Organization (WBO) titles at 105 and 108 pounds, Calderon, 37, hung up the gloves to continue as a teacher for the new generation of boxers. Continue reading