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20 JUNE 2018

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Santa Cruz Dismantles Mijares

By Sean Wippert ( ringside in Las Vegas. In the co-main event of the evening, super bantamweight Leo Santa Cruz put on a clinic in his second successful title defense of his WBC title. The 25-year-old from Los Angeles faced off against the very dangerous Cristian Mijares from Gomez Palacio, Durango, Mexico.


Santa Cruz wasted no time in showing why he was a titleholder. The multi-tier champion opened with a fast, quick, and accurate attack that just did not miss. Mijares responded well, giving as much as he was taking. Both men continued to square off with one another through the opening rounds with exchanges that favored Santa Cruz a bit. This slight difference as to who was getting the better of the other quickly became more and more noticeable as the fight went through the first few rounds. Mijares fired off good offense that included double and triple jabs but found himself eating painful left and right hand combinations to the body and head for his efforts.


Outside of a brief pause in the fourth round due to a head-butt that caused a cut over the champion’s right eye, everything seemed to be going right for Santa Cruz. The work he had done to Mijares’ body in the early round was paying dividends. This was the effect of Santa Cruz’ incredible ability to maintain an insane 100 punch per round average. In addition to this high quantity of accurate shots, the champion seemed to continually walk his opponent down and cut off the ring. The result of this was devastating to any hopes Mijares had of an upset.


In the twilight rounds of the fight Santa Cruz continued his dominance, treating Mijares as if he was some sort of target practice. The challenger looked lost as if he had nowhere to run, nowhere to go, and no answers in sight to the problem that was Santa Cruz. The champion pounded his opponent, ending with several flurries that were a testament of just how good the champion really was. When the final bell sounded there was little doubt as to who won the fight.


When all the scores were read, it was unanimous for Santa Cruz, 119-109 and 120-108 (twice). With the win he retained his title, remaining undefeated and improving to 27-0-1 (15). The hard fought loss sends Mijares to 48-8-2 (22).


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