Santa Cruz wins "super" title, Figueroa and Ceja fight to draw
By Bill Tibbs
The main event was Deontay Wilder vs. Luis Ortiz II in a rematch with defending WBC champion Wilder and challenger, (former WBA interim heavyweight champion), Ortiz Saturday night in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Let’s take a look at the undercard.
Leo Santa Cruz (37-1-1, 19 KO’s) won a 12-round unanimous decision over 12 Miguel Flores (24-3, 12 KOs) to snag the vacant WBA super featherweight “super” title. This makes California’s Santa Cruz a four-weight division champion.
After the fight he said he would like to go to 135 at some point and go for his fifth world championship weight class. The fight was close through five rounds until Santa Cruz kicked it into second gear. His activity and aggressiveness kept Flores on his back foot. Flores kept trying, but Santa Cruz’s volume punching was too much for the Houston, TX fighter.
* The WBC bantamweight eliminator between Luis Nery and Emmanuel Rodriguez was called off when Nery did not make the 118-pound limit, weighing 119. Surprisingly, Rodriguez chose not to give away the pound and the match was cancelled.
*In another weight-related scenario, apparently Julio Ceja who failed to make the 122-pound limit, was late for the weigh-in because apparently he was in the buffet line at the MGM – he missed weight by 4.5 pounds! This was for a world title fight. Anyway, his PPV bout against WBA super bantamweight champion Brandon Figueroa was still a go. However, Ceja could not win the belt and it would be vacant if Ceja won the fight.
-Brandon Figueroa (20-0-1, 15 KO’s) D 12 Julio Ceja (32-4-1, 28 KO’s). Figueroa hangs on to his title but that was a close one – not that the title was available for Ceja anyway mind you.
So, the new pay-per-view opener was featherweight Leduan Barthelemy (15-0-1, 7 KO’s) vs. Eduardo Ramirez (22-2-3, 9 KOs) in a 10-round featherweight bout.
-Eduardo Ramirez (23-2, 10 KO’s) KO 4 Leduan Barthelemy (15-1-1, 7 KO’s). Ramirez got elevated from deeper in the undercard and took full advantage scoring a huge win on a big stage with TV exposure and handed Barthelemy his first loss.
- (Welterweight) Vito Mielnicki Jr. (3-0, 3 KO’s) KO 2 Marklin Bailey (6-6, 4 KO’s)
- (Cruiserweight) Dustin Long (3-1-2, 3 KO’s) KO 4 Marsellos Wilder (5-2, 2 KO’s)
- (Super featherweight) Viktor Slavinskyi (10-0-1, 6 KO’s) UD 6 Rigoberto Hermosillo (11-1-1, 8 KO’s)
-(Featherweight) Angel Alejandro (8-0, 4 KO’s) UD 6 Mark John Yap (30-15, 15 KO’s)
- (Lightweight) John Gemino (21-12-1, 10 KO’s) KO 5 Arnold Alejandro (11-1, 10 KO’s)
-(Super featherweight) José Manuel Gómez (12-0, 5 KO’s) TKO 3 Daniel Placeres (8-3-1, 7 KO’s)