He came, he saw, he conquered.
That is exactly what WBA Super Featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz (36-1-1, 19 KOs) did as he dominated Rafael Rivera (26-3-2, 17 KOs) at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California.
Rivera should be given a ton of credit as he stepped in on late notice for the injured Miguel Flores.
Things started off very well for the challenger. His activity and determination really shined in the opening bell as he had some good moments.
His aggression and the amount of punches he were throwing gave an indication that he would test the champion.
Santa Cruz took his time and exploited the holes in the game of Rivera. The champion did a good job of using different punch variations and landed some vicious head shots. He also did a tremendous job on the inside as well.
As the fight progressed it was all the same. Rivera kept fighting hard but was at a major disadvantage in terms of his overall skill. At the end of the bout Santa Cruz had thrown over 1,200 shots.
In the end all three judges scored the fight the same, 119-109 in favor of the champion.
The talk of Santa Cruz getting a possible showdown with WBC champion Gary Russell Jr has been talked about for quite some time.
SeanNow that Santa Cruz successfully defended his title it seems as though those two champions are on a collision course to determine who is truly the best in the division.