Who out there would love to see Gary Russell Jr and Leo Santa Cruz battle in a unification bout?
Well Stephen Espinoza does and that’s just the fight he’s looking at making later this year.
Both Russell and Santa Cruz are coming off very impressive victories. In the former’s last fight he gave Joesph Diaz his first career defeat in what turned out to be an excellent fight. The latter defeated Abner Mares in a rematch that can easily be considered a Fight of the Year candidate.
What is unknown to many boxing fans is these two have actually fought before. As amateurs, Russell defeated Santa Cruz in the 2006 United States National Championships. In recent interviews, the WBA champion has voiced getting revenge as a professional.
The time is clearly now for these two champions to collide and provide clarity to who is the best in a crowded featherweight division.
By: Jerrell Fletcher