On Saturday, January 28, 2017, Carl Frampton (23-0, 14 KOs) takes on Leo Santa Cruz (32-1-1, 18 KOs) in a highly-anticipated rematch from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The fight headlines a strong card promoted by Ringstar Sports and presented by Premier Boxing Champions on Showtime.
The Showtime Championship Boxing telecast kicks off at 10:00 pm, EST and also includes a championship scrap between Dejan Zlaticanin (18-0, 11 KOs) and Mikey Garcia (35-0, 29 KOs).
The Showtime Extreme telecast, which will kick off at 8:00 pm, EST, was supposed to include IBF champion Lee Selby facing off against Jonathan Barros, but it was announced at the weigh-in on Friday that Barros did not meet the Nevada State Athletic Commissions requirements.
Nonetheless the fight-card will also feature exciting prospect, David Benavidez taking on Sherali Mamajonov and Ivan Redkach against Demond Brock.
Stay locked in to Round By Round Boxing as Shelbi Keyes provides live boxing updates for the complete Frampton vs. Santa Cruz card.
Frampton vs. Santa Cruz 2 Results
Carl Frampton vs. Leo Santa Cruz 2
In the early rounds, Frampton (23-0, 14 KOs) and Santa Cruz (32-1-1, 18 KOs) came out just as aggressive as they did in the first fight. Through the first three rounds, both men were able to work the ring and avoid taking too much punishment while looking sharp.
Frampton hit the canvas at the end of Round 4 but it was ruled a trip by referee Kenny Bayless. Santa Cruz established himself as the aggressor in the fifth round, moving forward and applying pressure. Though Frampton’s defense is superb, Santa Cruz was able to catch him quite a bit in the middle rounds using his jab.
In the late rounds, it turned into an all-out brawl much like the first fight between these two– both exchanging and landing powerful shots. Stylistically there isn’t a better match-up.
In the twelfth and final round, both fighters came out of their corners swinging. The fight went the distance, with both men leaving it all in the ring. Burt Clements scored the bout 114-114 while Dave Moretti and Glenn Feldman both scored it 115-113. Leo Santa Cruz walks away with the victory and the WBA featherweight title via majority decision. Here comes the trilogy.
Dejan Zlaticanin vs. Mikey Garcia
In the first round, both Dejan Zlaticanin (18-0, 11 KOs) and Mikey Garcia (35-0, 29 KOs) were able to land substantial shots. Garcia worked the ring and used his IQ to prevent taking too much punishment.
Garcia hurt Zlaticanin with an uppercut and a hook then knocked Zlaticanin out cold with a right hand in Round 3. Mikey Garcia wins the WBC lightweight title via knockout, improving his record to 36-0, 30 KOs.
Ivan Redkach vs. Demond Brock
Ivan Redkach (19-2-1, 15 KOs) and Demond Brock (13-3-1, 4 KOs) both came out aggressive in the early rounds, constantly exchanging. Redkach found his rhythm at the end of Round 3, landing devastating upper cuts to Brock.
Brock kept the pressure throughout the fight even though Redkach was throwing accurate, powerful shots. The middle rounds were back-and-forth– both fighters brawling.
Redkach knocked Brock down with a left hook followed by a straight left hand in Round 8. Brock got up but Redkach continued the punishment and referee Jady Nady stopped the fight at 2:30 in the eighth and final round. Ivan Redkach wins the bout via TKO and improves his record 20-2-1, 16 KOs.
David Benavidez vs. Sherali Mamajonov
Both fighters came out strong in the first round. At the end of the Round 1, Benavidez hit Mamajonov with a mean body shot that sent him to the canvas. Mamajonov was able to recover right before the bell rang.
Benavidez dropped Mamajonov again at the beginning of Round 2 with a left body shot. Referee Russell Mora stopped the fight at 1:04 in the second round. David Benavidez wins via TKO and remains undefeated, improving his record to 17-0, 16 KOs.
Josh Taylor vs. Alfonso Olvera
Josh Taylor (7-0, 7 KOs) and Alfonso Olvera (8-2-1, 3 KOs) both came on strong in the first two rounds. Though they were both aggressive early on, Taylor was able the land the cleaner, more powerful shots. The speed of Taylor began to show in Round 3, as his combinations started to land.
Taylor landed a left hook that wobbled Olvera in Round 4 but somehow Olvera was able to regain his composure and recover. As the fight wore on, it was apparent, Taylor has a different level of skills than his opponent Olvera. Referee Vic Drakulich took a point away from Taylor for consecutive low blows in the sixth round.
Late in the fight, Olvera began to smother Taylor to prevent taking any more punishment. Olvera easily gave Taylor his toughest fight to date but Taylor was able to come out victorious. Eric Cheek scored the bout 79-72, while Robert Hoyle and Patricia Morse Jarman scored it the same, 78-73. Josh Taylor remains undefeated and improves his record to 8-0, 7 KOs.
Leduan Barthelemy vs. Jesus Aguinaga
Leduan Barthelemy (11-0, 6 KOs) started out strong in the early rounds, using his jab and controlling the distance. Jesus Aguinaga (5-4-1) continually tried to pressure Barthelemy but often put himself in danger while coming in– taking some damage early on.
Though Aguinaga continued to be aggressive throughout the duration of the fight, Barthelemy simply outclassed him. Barthelemy’s speed and agility were too much for Aguinaga.
After six rounds of a one sided boxing match, Tim Cheatham and Ricardo Ocasio scored the bout 59-55 and Lisa Diampa scored the bout 58-56– all in favor of Leaden Barthelemy. Barthemely improves his record to 12-0, 6 KOs.
Antonio Santa Cruz vs. Victor Torres
Both fighters came out of their corners swinging for the fences but Santa Cruz’s powerful body shots were the difference makers in Round 1. Santa Cruz sent Torres to the canvas with a mean body shot. Though at the end of the first round, Santa Cruz had taken control of the fight– Torres was not backing down, he kept moving forward.
Torres landed an upper cut against Santa Cruz that sent him to the canvas early in the second round but Santa Cruz was able to recover. The fight turned into an all out brawl late in Round 2.
Santa Cruz turned it on in the third round trying to regain his momentum but Torres kept coming forward.
Though Torres was able to constantly apply pressure, Santa Cruz was landed the more precise, cleaner shots. This fight went the distance and it was an an action packed four rounds. All three judges scored the contest 38-37 all in favor of Antonio Santa Cruz. He improves his record to 5-2, 2 KOs.
Jerry Perez vs. Javier Cepeda
Jerry Perez came out of his corner aggressive, working the body of Javier Cepeda. Perez dropped Cepeda twice with clean body shots in Round 1. Perez dropped Cepeda again with seconds remaining in the first round. The referee stopped the bout at 2:54. This was Jerry Perez’s pro debut and he is starting his career out undefeated at 1-0, 1 KO.
Herbert Acevedo vs. Chris Singleton
Both Herbert Acevedo (12-2, 6 KOs) and Chris Singleton (17-3-2, 8 KOs) came out slow in the early rounds, looking to get a feel for each other. Acevedo began to use his jab in the middle of Round 4, allowing him to take control of the fight. Acevedo hurt Singleton to the body early in the sixth round. The fight went the distance, all the judges scored the bout 58-54, all in favor of Herbert “Hurricane” Acevedo.
- Click here for Frampton vs. Santa Cruz Preview & Prediction
- Click here for Frampton vs. Santa Cruz Weigh-In Results
- Click here for Frampton vs. Santa Cruz Staff Predictions