Leo Santa Cruz Vs Rafael Rivera Results, Fight Card, Preview, Predictions, Time
Three – Division Champion and WBC Featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz (35-1-1; 19 KO) defends his title against Rafael Rivera (26-2-2; 17 KO) on Saturday, February 16 and airs live on Fox with a fight time of 8:00 p.m. ET.
He was initially preparing for Miguel Flores but Flores pulled out of the fight after sustaining an injury during sparing and had to give way for Rivera to go in.
Leo Santa Cruz is coming off a a pair of wins against Abner Mares and defeating Carl Frampton, a revenge for his only loss. In his last two fights, he averaged 106 punches thrown per round (FW average is 59), 30 landed per round (17 is FW average), and in both fights finished strong with 45 punches landed in round 12. Volume.
Rivera on the other hand, has lost two of his last three fights. First against JoJo Diaz in 2017 and losing a decision, then again defeated by the undefeated Joet Gonzalez which earns him the underdog status going into the fight on Saturday.
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Fight Card Results
- Title fight: Leo Santa Cruz vs. Rafael Rivera, 12 rounds, for Santa Cruz’s WBA featherweight title
- Omar Figueroa Jr. vs. John Molina Jr., 12 rounds, welterweights
- Cesar Juarez vs. Ryosuke Iwasa, 12 rounds, IBF junior featherweight eliminator
- Title fight: Carlos Licona vs. DeeJay Kriel, 12 rounds, for Licona’s IBF strawweight title
- Marlon Tapales vs. TBA, 10 rounds, featherweights
- Hugo Centeno Jr. vs. Oscar Cortez, 8 rounds, middleweights
- Sebastian Fundora vs. Donnie Marshall, 8 rounds, junior middleweights
- Julian Rodarte vs. Miguel Angel Mendoza, 8 rounds, junior welterweights
- Jerry Perez vs. Ivan Leon Benitez, 4 rounds, junior lightweights
- Ivan Redkach vs. Tyrone Harris, 8 rounds, welterweights
- Jose Manuel Gomez vs. Jorge Luis Guzman, 6 rounds, junior lightweights
- Karlos Balderas vs. Jose Antonio Meza, 6 rounds, lightweights
- George Carranza vs. TBA, 4 rounds, lightweights
- Jose Perez vs. Carlos Trevino, 4 rounds, junior lightweights
- Neri Ariel Romero vs. Roxberg Patrick Riley, 6 rounds, junior lightweights
- Shon Mondragon vs. TBA, 4 rounds, junior featherweights