Leo Santa Cruz (29-0, 17 KOs) scores his second consecutive TKO victory against the very tenacious underdog Jesus Ruiz (33-6-5, 22 KOs). Right from the opening bell both fighters were fighting the typical Mexican toe-to-toe style with great offensive work both to the body and the head. To the surprise of many, Ruiz was being very competitive in fighting Santa Cruz’s preferred style. Ruiz displayed good activity level and defensive maneuvers but it wasn’t enough to negate Santa Cruz’s consistent offensive output. Santa Cruz’s punches seemed a bit sharper, and the combinations were more diverse thus giving him the slight edge every round.
In the 5th and 6th round Ruiz made the decision to use his legs to take certain breaks from exchanging on the inside, but ultimately continued fighting the same style. In the 7th round Santa Cruz began chasing Ruiz every time he tried to step back to take a break, and managed to really break down the very game Ruiz. In the 8th round Santa Cruz did not give him any breathing room and delivered an offensive onslaught that led to a TKO victory.
Santa Cruz did what was expected, which was to overwhelm his overmatched opponent. Santa Cruz now has many viable options in his division and stated in his post fight interview he’s willing to face Guillermo Rigondeaux, Carl Frampton, Scott Quigg, or even move up in weight to fight an all out war with Abner Mares.