Santa Cruz stops Martinez in Fight of the Year contender
WBA featherweight world champion Leo Santa Cruz (32-0-1, 18 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over former world champion Kiko Martinez (35-7, 26 KOs) on Saturday night at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. Santa Cruz dropped Martinez twice in round one, but may have been dropped himself in the second round, though officially ruled a slip.
The two engaged in a firefight that saw Martinez slightly outgunned as Santa Cruz stopped Martinez as he lay on the ropes in fifth round at 2:09 of the fifth round.
Super bantamweight Hugo Ruiz (36-3, 32 KOs) needed just 51 seconds to dethrone WBC world champion Julio Ceja (30-2, 27 KOs) on Saturday night at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. Ruiz dropped Ceja in round one with a right hand, then got a referee’s stoppage with his follow-up barrage. Ceja seemed to suffer an ankle injury when he was knocked down. The win sets up an all, but for certain trilogy between the two who have traded wins