“Teremoto” is ready and willing to fight anyone and everyone in and around the bantamweight division. One of the factors that have drawn the all-action, volume-punching Santa Cruz to fight fans is his activity level and his nonstop attack in the ring. And after his convincing victory Saturday night, in which he cashed a career-high $500,000 cheque for his efforts, his appeal and popularity will only grow. Santa Cruz was making the second defence of the WBC super bantamweight title he won in the summer of 2013 after a nice run as the IBF bantamweight champion through 2012.
Next month, undefeated European Boxing Union (EBU) super bantamweight champion Carl “The Jackal” Frampton, 17-0 (12), will battle Mexican veteran Hugo Cazares in a WBC super bantamweight title final eliminator. And if Frampton comes out victorious, the fight boxing fans want to see is the popular Belfast, Northern, Ireland-born Frampton - who European fight fans also refer to as “Brick Fists” - against Santa Cruz. While hugely popular in his native Ireland, unbeaten power-puncher Frampton would love to expand his profile across the pond and is gunning to fight for a world title. If all goes well for Frampton next month in Belfast, we could have some Irish eyes smiling later in the year.
In his post-fight interview, Santa Cruz said, “If Carl Frampton is next, I want him next. I’ll fight whoever they put in front of me.” That answer is just one reason why Santa Cruz is making a name for himself on the big stage and drawing a lot attention to boxing’s super bantam bangers.
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