WBA Featherweight World Champion Leo Santa Cruz (36-1-1, 19 KOs) retained his title in front of his hometown crowd by winning a unanimous decision over Rafael Rivera (26-3-2, 17 KOs) in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions on FOX and FOX Deportes Saturday night from Microsoft Theater at L.A. Live in Los Angeles.
In an electrifying war that had the STAPLES Center crowd on its feet chanting for more, Leo Santa Cruz defended his WBA Featherweight World Championship by winning a unanimous decision against four-division world champion Abner Mares in their rematch Saturday night on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING®.
We look back on Frampton vs Santa Cruz 2, where on January 28, 2017, Leo Santa Cruz reclaims the WBA world title from Carl Frampton on this episode of PBC Rewind.
Featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz and challenger Chris Avalos faced each other in a scheduled 12-round championship fight on October 14, 2017.
Two years ago today, 126-lb stars Leo Santa Cruz and Abner Mares finally met in the ring after years of build-up, slugging it out in the PBC 2015 Fight of the Year, which had Los Angeles bragging rights on the line. The two stood toe-to-toe for 12 rounds, with Santa Cruz taking home a hard-earned Majority Decision victory.
Leo Santa Cruz and Carl Frampton thrilled fans with nonstop action in their 126-pound world title clash—action that reached a crescendo in Round 11.
Leo Santa Cruz outslugged Abner Mares in an all-out war and won by majority decision.
Abner Mares got off to a blazing start only to get burned in the end, dropping a majority decision to Leo Santa Cruz at Staples Center, Los Angeles.