Leo Santa Cruz Wants to Unify with Mark Magsayo
Newly crowned WBC featherweight champion Mark “Magnifico” Magsayo (24-0, 16 KO’s), after dethroning the divisions longest reigning champion in “Mr.” Gary Russell Jr, is now looking to unify with WBA Super champion “El Terremoto” Leo Santa Cruz (37-2-1, 19 KO’s). Boxing fans can smile a little as Cruz is on board with making the fight as well.
Magsayo’s victory is already about to pay off as the protégé of future Hall of Famer Manny “Pac Man” Pacquiao, during an interview on the DAZN Boxing Show, made it clear he wants a unification. Moreover, he was in attendance to watch Santa Cruz return to the ring on February 5.
The WBA champion defeated relatively unknown Keenan Carbajal, bouncing back from a pulverizing knockout defeat at the hands of three-division champion Gervonta “Tank” Davis back in October 2021.
CRUZ IS OKAY WITH A UNIFICATION
Boxing fans were excited after a video surfaced of Magsayo in the crowd congratulating Cruz on winning while signaling for the two of them to fight. Now, fans have good reason to be skeptical because Russell was chasing the California resident for years and never could get him in the ring.
Cruz indicated wanting to fight Magnifico during an interview with Fighthype. He also acknowledged that he may have to deal with the winner of WBA Regular champion Leigh Wood and Michael Conlan first. However, he has no problem with fighting the newly crowned WBC champion.
“I would like to unify against Mark Magsayo. He’s from the Philippines, he is the one that just beat Gary Russell. He’s a great opponent, he comes forward, he’s strong, and I think me and him would be a great fight.”
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By: Garrisson Bland