Why He’s Here: Junior featherweight Leo Santa Cruz is fast making a name for himself in the sport. The 25-year-old has nabbed alphabet titles in two weight classes already, and he appears to be getting better and better every fight.
Santa Cruz is a tornado of activity when the bell rings. His Round 3 knockout of Victor Terrazas last month showed he’s a legitimate threat against anyone, including lineal champion Guillermo Rigondeaux.
Why He Could Climb: Santa Cruz is as entertaining a fighter as any in the sport, so he should have plenty of opportunities to showcase his talent as he continues his march up the ranks.
What’s Next: No word on his next fight, but there are plenty of stars in and around his division. A bout against fellow Golden Boy Promotions fighter Abner Mares is probably the easiest to make. It might also be the most lucrative, but Mares’ first-round loss to Jhonny Gonzalez last month will likely stall things.