Boxing Results: Leo Santa Cruz vs. Vusi Malinga - Spoiler
By Napoleon, Doghouse Boxing (June 3, 2012)
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Leo Santa Cruz
Tonight's round by round live coverage of Leo Santa Cruz vs. Vusi Malinga was conducted by Napoleon. Please scroll down to bottom of the page for complete results, or continue reading for a punch by punch and round by round account of the action.

Leo Santa Cruz (19-0-1-11 KO's) vs. Vusi Malinga (20-3-0-12 KO's).

note: This fight is for the vacant IBF Bantamweight Champion

ROUND 1

Malinga comes out jabbing. Nice left by Cruz. Malinga using his hook but Cruz is landing his right hand already. Both fighters using high guards. Cruz showing much faster hands. Nice body shot by Cruz. They both clinch. Nice one/two by Cruz. Malinga goes back to the jab. Hard left by Cruz. Double jab by Cruz. Nice left by Malinga. Hard right lands for Cruz. Looking sharp. Cruz misses a big right. Malinga jabs. They trade jabs now. Malinga lands an uppercut. Nice combo by Cruz. Great body work as well. Hard left hook by Cruz.

Santa Cruz round 10-9

ROUND 2

Nice body shot by Cruz. Malinga going back to the jab. Nice uppercut by Malinga but takes some body damage. Hard right by Cruz but Malinga really using that uppercut now. Cruz misses a huge right. Malinga slips well. Malinga really trying to land thay uppercut. Cruz does well to the body again. They trade jabs now. Nice right by Cruz. Hard body shot again by Cruz. They trade now. Cruz lands a nice left hook. Hard to the body goes Cruz again. Sitting on that left hook now. Nice left by Cruz lands upstairs. They trade now. Great action inside. Both guys landing but Cruz is doing more damage. Nice body shot by Cruz.

Santa Cruz round 10-9

ROUND 3

Cruz comes out and goes right back to the body. Hard left by Cruz. Blocked by Malinga. Again and again diggung that left hook to the body is Cruz. Malinga jabbing well but not landing much. They trade hooks now. Cruz showing more power. Finally a lull in the action. Malinga reaching with the uppercut. Too far outside though. Cruz just outboxing him now. Fighting very well. Nice double jab by Cruz. Great right hand by Cruz. AND ANOTHER. Bombs landing well. Malinga lands an uppercut. Hard one. Great fight so far. Cruz getting to oaggressive with a combo. Falls short. Malinga not throwing back enough.

Santa Cruz round 10-9

ROUND 4

Cruz comes out jabbing. They trade jabs now. Great double right hand down the pipe by Cruz. Malinga backing off now. Hard, chopping right by Cruz. Malinga misses the uppercut. He really wants to land that punch. Cruz misses a huge left hook. Both fighters showing good, tight guards. Malinga takes some damage to the body. Cruz doubling the left hook to the body and it's really working. Malinga's hands are dropping a little bit now. Great left hook upstairs by Cruz. Malinga's punches really not showing much effect on Cruz. Nice one/two by Cruz. Throwing punches in bunches now. Nice right by Malinga. Showing heart.

Santa Cruz round 10-9

ROUND 5

Cruz tripling the jab now. Looking great. Malinga eats a hard right. BIG right hand by Cruz. Over the top. Malinga takes it and keeps coming. Hard body shot by Cruz. Nice jab by Malinga. Uppercut inside by Cruz. Great left hook by Cruz. And another. Backs Malinga up. Malinga trying to use his jab. Malinga not hurting Cruz with anything though. Nice uppercut by Malinga. Nice jab by Cruz. Right back to the body as well. Both guys working well inside. Nice one/two by Cruz. Cruz really using combo's well now. Malinga tries to go to the body.

Santa Cruz round 10-9

ROUND 6

Both guys coming out using their jabs. Chopping right by Cruz hurts Malinga. Malinga trying to find an opening but just not hurting Cruz. Great 4 punch combo by Cruz. All straight and accurate shots. Malinga lands a right. Tries to go to the body. Cruz peppering Malinga now. Nice uppercut by Malinga. Malinga eats a right hand now. More of the same here. Cruz landing hard to the body. Malinga not taking a backwards step though. A lot of heart in this man. Nice uppercut now by Malinga.

Santa Cruz round 10-9

ROUND 7

Malinga comes out firing now. Trying hard to turn things around. Nice body shot by Cruz. Uppercut by Malinga. Hard left hook by Cruz. Malinga showing stength now. Cruz taking everything easily though. Cruz lands an overhand right. Hard right by Cruz. Lands flush. Great uppercut by Malinga. Cruz rocks Malinga with a right. Moves him back. Getting his guard back up quickly. Double jab by Malinga. Hard right by Malinga. Great body shot by Cruz hurts Malinga. Another one as well. Great body work by Cruz. Winning this fight for him. Phone booth fighting now. Nice left hook by Cruz.

Santa Cruz round 10-9

ROUND 8

Double uppercut by Malinga. Cruz peppering him inside though. Great triple jab byt Cruz. His punch output is insane. Nice one/two by Malinga. Nice body work by Malinga now. Again and again. Malinga showing the effects. Cruz bringing the left hook upstairs now and landing it now. Nice uppercut by Malinga. HARD body shot backs up Malinga. MALINGS IS HURT!!!!!! BACKING UP NOW!!!!!! Hard right by Cruz. Malinga firing back. Cruz going to the body over and over again. Nice right hand lands right on the chin for Cruz. Malinga is one tough dude. Taking a lot of punishment now though. Nice counter left hook by Cruz.

Santa Cruz round 10-9

ROUND 9

More bombs to the body right away by Cruz. Now landing rights upstairs. Great fighting by Cruz. The looping right hand lands perfectly. Uppercut now as well. And back to the body. Malinga trying to use his uppercut now. Just not landing hard though. The body work has taken affect. Malinga is slowing down. One/two by Cruz. Malinga not showing any power right now in his punches. Great left hook lands on the chin for Cruz. Another one now. Malinga showing toughness. Great body shot again by Cruz. Malinga tries a left hook but its slow and awkward for him now. Malinga's legs look heavy now too.

Santa Cruz round 10-9

ROUND 10

Cruz staying aggressive now. Keeps going to the body. Testing Malinga's heart. Nice right by Malinga now. Cruz misses a huge left hook. Malinga taking so much punishment now. Hard uppercut by Cruz. Malinga takes it well. One/two by Cruz now. Malinga can't let his hands go enough now because of defending the body shots. Hand speed slowing down as well. Inactivity in his career showing now. Cruz misses a big counter right. Cruz lands a left hook.

Santa Cruz round 10-9

ROUND 11

Hard right by Cruz. Malinga lands a left. Little uppercuts inside by Malinga now. Nice one/two by Cruz. Hard uppercut to the body by Cruz. Really nice punch. Hard right over the top by Cruz. Malinga coming forward though. Showing amazing heart. Nice combo to the body by Cruz. Malinga tries to go to the body now. Nice uppercut by Malinga. Game fighter. Cruz lands a right. Uppercut by Malinga. He's just too tired and beat up now though. Nice counter left by Cruz. Hard right lands for him too. Malinga ties up now. Cruz lands a jab. Malinga lands a nice left. Hard right by Malinga. The little warrior is trying. They trade hooks now.

Santa Cruz round 10-9

ROUND 12

Both guys coming out swinging. Great fight thus far. Cruz still going to the body. Hard shots. Malinga going back to the uppercut. Battling away. Both guys staying busy this fight. Nice double left hook to the body by Cruz. Hard right hand by Cruz landds right on Malinga's chin. Great shot. Malinga showing an iron jaw. Right back to the body goes Cruz. Left hook by Cruz. Cruz just throwing a ton of punches this fight. Malinga goes back to the uppercut but the shots have nothing on them. He's taken a beating tonight. Nice body shots again by Cruz. Hard right upstairs by Cruz now. Great punch and a great performance by Santa Cruz.

Santa Cruz Round 10-9


napoleon's scorecard: 120-108 Santa Cruz

Official Judges Scorecards:
#1: 119-109 Santa Cruz
#2: 120-108 Santa Cruz
#3 120-108 Santa Cruz

YOUR WINNER AND NEW IBF BANTAMWEIGHT CHAMPION...

...LEO SANTA CRUZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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