Taking part in what is guaranteed to be an all out brawl against Venezuelan ring veteran Alexander “El Explosivo” Munoz (36-4/28 KOs) on May 4, 2013 at the MGM Grand, Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on the long awaited and highly anticipated undercard of the Floyd Mayweather vs. Robert Guerrero PPV extravaganza, Mexican luminary Leo “Teremoto” Santa Cruz (23-0-1/13 KOs) seeks to extend his mass appeal that much further with fans while continuing his winning streak as he goes after the vacant USBA Super Bantamweight title.
Santa Cruz closed the show in December of last year by boxing a perfect shutout against a game but outclassed opponent in Alberto “Metro” Guevara (17-1/6 KOs) for the IBF Bantamweight title. If you are an avid fan of the traditional Mexican style of fighting where a fighter comes forward, presses the action and fights not only to win but to dominate then Santa Cruz is the warrior to watch. And if you haven’t heard of him before... just where have you been hiding?
He’s that good.
It’s been rumored that Munoz has stated that he plans on knocking Santa Cruz out. The 24 year old former IBF Bantamweight Champion doesn’t seem that phased however, as he isn’t taking Munoz lightly but remains confident in his abilities. “He said that his experience is going to beat me, but I don’t think so. A lot of fighters have said that and nobody has done it”, said “Teremoto” to the press recently.
Known for his thrilling victories over well-known ring veteran Eric “Little Hands Of Steel” Morel (46-4/23 KOs), who quit on his stool in the 5th round during their fight, and Victor “Nene” Zaleta (20-4-1/10 KOs), who Santa Cruz dropped in rounds 4, 7 and 8 and lost by TKO in the 9th round after it was called by referee Ray Corona, Leo has proven time and time again that he can war and make doubters true believers while making a name for himself in boxing.
Riding high with Golden Boy Promotions currently, young Santa Cruz couldn’t be in a better position at this point of his career to keep the hits coming as he looks to move up in weight eventually. “I’m done with 118. I’m going to 122 and will see how it goes there. If everything goes well, and I win a world title, I’ll probably move to 126”. The fighter originally from Huetamo, Michoacán de Ocampo, Mexico knows all too well that he needs to continue to win big to make himself that much more of a household name in boxing. “I think people already kind of know me more. The more active I can be, the better for me. That’s why I like to fight a lot” said Santa Cruz recently.
Oscar “Golden Boy” De La Hoya (39-6/30 KOs) is also extremely confident in his fighter as well, saying that, “He’s going to be quite a Champion for many years to come”.
The significance of the Leo Santa Cruz versus Alexander Munoz bout on Cinco De Mayo weekend couldn’t be more relevant to the very heart of boxing. It is fights like these and boxers like Santa Cruz who not only reinvigorate the sport but also get people talking about boxing again while making them become legitimately that much more interested in pugilism as a whole. Boxing needs more fighters like Santa Cruz who are honest, straight forward and not afraid to step into the ring and work hard to not only entertain us all but show us what a determined and focused young Champion can do when he puts his mind to it and bangs out victories.
“Teremoto” is as vicious in the ring as he is dynamic and the fact that he continues to develop and grow as a fighter makes him a legitimate treat to anyone he faces, especially Munoz on May 4th.