Leo Santa Cruz: I want to fight the best

By Miguel Maravilla

“It wasn’t my best performance,” said four-division world champion “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz. “I wanted to make a statement. Flores came to fight and I have nothing but respect for him,” Santa Cruz commented at the post-fight press conference after he picked up the vacant WBA super featherweight “super” title with a unanimous decision over Miguel “El Michoacan” Flores on Saturday night in Las Vegas.

“I’m excited to be a four division world champion. It’s something I’ve always wanted to accomplish. I would never imagine I would be four division world champion. For me it’s an honor to join those fighters.”

Santa Cruz joins fellow Mexican’s Juan Manuel Marquez, Erik Morales, Jorge Arce, and Canelo Alvarez in becoming four-division world champions.

Santa Cruz also spoke about his future plans and what fights he wants next year. “I’ll fight whoever. They say I avoid fighters. I have to fight Gary Russell Jr. or Gervonta Davis. Those are the fights I want for 2020. I want to fight the best,” Santa Cruz concluded.

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      • Leo is a punk. He gave Frampton his word he would give him a rematch in Europe and then reneged on the deal. Frampton came to the US twice for Leo. Now Leo fights bums. He should definitely avoid Davis and Russell don’t fight anyone. He’s like Leo!

  • I like Leo, but Rene Alvarado is the actual WBA champion. They made up a belt so that Leo could become a 4 weight world champion. He won a “vacant” belt that was not even vacant.

    • Actual champion not to be confused with super champion. Made up belt in a made up weight class. Good fighter but multiple division championships mean nothing since there is now a division for every three pounds,

  • Yeah you want the best of the worst. Avoided Rigo, Russell Jr. and everyone with a pulse and now you expect us to believe you now. Stick to your usual suspects you’ll get derailed once you fight a legitimate test.

    • I agree, one of these days Russell is going to wake and suddenly get old because of his absurd amount of inactivity. Shakur is going to take over his spot as number one featherweight very soon.

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