This week in boxing history, PBC highlights knockout wins by three heavyweight greats, a triumphant finale for a middleweight legend and a Northern Irishman earning a second world title in a thrilling featherweight matchup.
Pick a round, any round, from the Leo Santa Cruz-Carl Frampton instant classic. We likely could’ve justified its inclusion on this list.
Carl Frampton insisted that a rise in weight would greatly increase his punching power and stability against 126-pound champion Leo Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz figured his aggression and volume punching would overcome whatever the ex-122-pound champ offered.
Carl Frampton’s career was cruising right along until the very first round of his very first fight on U.S. soil.
If you passed Leo Santa Cruz on the street, the last thing you’d probably think is, “There goes a three-time world champion and one of the best boxers on the planet.”
Carl Frampton holds plenty of admiration for Leo Santa Cruz heading into their 126-pound title fight Saturday night. He also plans on holding the championship belt afterward.
Whenever a fighter enters the squared circle, his primary goal is always the same: Hit and don’t get hit. It’s obviously easier said than done—unless you’re Leo Santa Cruz and Carl Frampton.
Leo Santa Cruz got a glimpse of Carl Frampton’s vulnerability and durability during the latter’s U.S. debut a year ago.