The scheduled twelve-round fight, which was the co-main event of the pay-per-view rematch between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Marcos Maidana, was presented by Golden Boy Promotions, Mayweather Promotions and Showtime Sports.
Santa Cruz made quick work of Roman, stalking him in the first round before a one-two combination knocked Roman down and out within the first minute of the second round.
Roman was previously unranked in the Bantamweight division, the division below Santa Cruz’s, but was still given the title shot.
Santa Cruz finished this showcase fight by telling Showtime’s Jim Gray that he is willing to fight the Ring Magazine champ in his division.
“I’m here to call out Guillermo Rigondeaux I want to fight him next,” stated Santa Cruz, a 26-year-old native of Rosemead, California.
Whether that will actually happen is doubtful, as a leap that high in competition is unlikely to be allowed by his team or by his managers.