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15 NOVEMBER 2018

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Santa Cruz Easily Decisions Cayetano

All pics Esther Lin(Showtime)
All pics Esther Lin(Showtime)

By Marc Livitz in Las Vegas: Leo Santa Cruz coasted to a unanimous decision victory over Jose Cayetano tonight in the evening’s co-main event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The undefeated Santa Cruz made his featherweight debut and found that Cayetano was a tough nut to crack and one that would not go away.


The two fighters were active right away and Cayetano worked to find openings after Leo’s jabs. Santa Cruz kept his guard high and tight and walked through Jose’s efforts. He landed hard body shots and straight rights as well. He forced Cayetano into a corner and connected with punches to the head, however Jose backed him up just a bit with a few shots of his own to close the first round. The Tijuana fighter didn’t seem intimidated by Leo’s constant punches. He smiled and shook his head at him, but Leo’s body shots had him on the retreat to close the second.


They exchanged shots to start the third. Neither side was slowing down. "El Tigre" Cayetano was standing firm in the face of head and body shots throughout the third and he kept coming back. Santa Cruz scored many times in the fourth via much of the same techniques that were keeping him far ahead on the scorecards. The fifth illustrated his growing skills with body as well as head shots, yet he didn’t up to this point show enough power to put Jose on the canvas. The pattern continued in the sixth and with more than half the bout elapsed and a clear victory in the bag, Leo Santa Cruz wasn’t letting up.


He continued to go for the body of Cayetano, who himself was still taking all he could handle. Leo was clearly doing his best to clear his foe from the Mexican border from the ring in round seven. Cayetano kept answering and fighting through head shots from "El Terremoto". Small shots up high paled in comparison to the more powerful punches from his Rosemead, California opponent. Much of the same could be said in round eight. Santa Cruz would hit and Cayetano would be there to absorb as well as answer in his own fashion. Leo’s first bout in the featherweight division undoubtedly came against a tough and seasoned Mexican fighter who had no issues taking as long as he could give and by all accounts and predictions, most had Jose Cayetano down and out well before the ninth.


As the two men moved into the tenth and final stanza, Leo appeared on is way to a clear victory in the realm of 110-90. His output levels hadn’t dropped too much and as before, Cayetano was there to try to counter him. Jose’s willingness to take many in the hopes of landing one was a trait to admire. The bout ended as all three scorecards read 110-90. Leo Santa Cruz improved to (30-0-1, 17 KO’s), while the game but fallen Jose Cayetano left with a record of (17-4, 8 KO’s).


Marc Livitz

Boxing Writer/Columnist

Twitter: @fightawrita


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