5. Gary Russell Jr.
Leo Santa Cruz
Dropping in at No. 5 on RBRBoxing‘s 12 Days of Boxing wish list for 2016 is a highly anticipated bout and certainly one of the top PBC fights that can be made; WBC Featherweight champion, Gary Russell Jr. vs. Leo Santa Cruz.
After suffering his first loss at the hands of Vasyl Lomachenko in 2014, Russell Jr. made an emphatic return in 2015 with a fourth-round TKO stoppage of Jhonny Gonzalez to win the WBC title.
Santa Cruz had been ridiculed for facing lower-tier opposition, but with his victory over Abner Mares in 2015, Santa Cruz proved that he belongs in the conversation of the best Featherweight fighters in the world.
Who wins Russell Jr. vs. Santa Cruz?
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