Santa Cruz to Start 2019 Against Flores

Santa Cruz vs Flores Set
Leo Santa Cruz to face Miguel Flores the 1st quarter of 2019.

Santa Cruz vs Flores

WBA Super Featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz is expected to collide with Miguel Flores in February of 2019.

Santa Cruz (35-1-1, 19 KOs) last saw action in June when he clashed with former champion Abner Mares. The two Mexican stars rocked the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California as they excitingly battled back-and-forth. Throughout the affair, Santa Cruz would prove to be better equipped to deal with the strategy of Mares. A mixture of boxing and brawling placed him ahead on the scorecard and solidified his unanimous decision victory.

He also gained respect among boxing fans for his back-to-back brawls with former WBA Super champion Carl Frampton. The Mexican-American would lose one of the bouts only to come back and beat the Irishman six-months later.

Nonetheless, the champion has seen his fair share of criticism throughout his career. Most were expecting a unification clash with WBC champion Gary Russell Jr December 2018. Fans clamored for the potential match-up between the two champions, but unfortunately it never came into fruition.

Beginning 2019 by fighting Miguel Flores (23-2, 11 KOs) isn’t necessarily a bad thing for Santa Cruz. The champion hasn’t fought in months and will need a tough tune-up opponent to get his competitive juices flowing.

By: Cessell Robinson

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