Leo Santa Cruz wins titles and gives his brother a reason to keep fighting for his life in his Greatest Hits
Whoever came up with that old saying “less is more” never blasted dudes in the rib cage for a living. Take it from Leo Santa Cruz, the definition of a volume puncher.
His nickname is “Le Tombeur,” which in French means “The Heartthrob.” There are worse nicknames to be saddled with. Right, Chuck “The Bayonne Bleeder” Wepner? For Lucian Bute, the native Romanian who now makes his home in Montreal, it’s three fights in Canada that set his heart aflutter for his Greatest Hits.
Steve Cunningham doesn’t have a problem with European dudes, though the feeling likely isn’t mutual: He’s dished out more punishment to fighters from that continent than Jägermeister has to collegiate livers.
If, sometime down the road and maybe not until the age of 85 or so, Antonio Tarver decides to hang up the gloves or step away from the broadcast booth, the man will have no shortage of employment opportunities as a motivational speaker.
As a two-time boxing champion turned analyst, Paulie Malignaggi’s become as adept at translating action into words as he is spearheading the action himself. He’s kind of like the sport’s Rosetta Stone, deciphering what he sees in the ring for just about anyone to understand.
“I’m a fighter who dissects things,” Sergio Mora begins, his words serving as his scalpel as he vivisects his career.
Most fighters claim that they’re willing to leave it all in the ring, but for Beibut Shumenov, the contents of his stomach are occasionally included. This is the extent to which Shumenov is prepared to expend himself in his fights: He’ll battle on till he pushes himself past his physical limits. Be prepared for some grueling gut checks (literally) as Shumenov counts down his Greatest Hits.
El Peligroso? B.J. Flores is certainly a dangerous man. Just ask Jose Luis Herrera, Nick Iannuzzi and Darnell Wilson. That trio of wins comprises an easy victory, an against-all-odds decision and a fighter who ran into a buzzsaw as an angry Flores came off the lone loss of his career in his Greatest Hits.