Leo Santa Cruz vs Chris Avalos
Leo Santa Cruz stays busy with a title defence against 27 year old Chris Avalos, at the StubHub centre. After watching potential rival, Abner Mares, box rings around and batter an opponent with a record of 35-1, there is added motivation for Santa Cruz to make a statement with a win.
Santa Cruz starts well, takes more punches than ideal in the first round, but lands, with just a little but more frequency, more accuracy, more power, and gain control in round 2. By round 4, Santa Cruz is ahead, and as if the underdog's chances weren't looking slim enough, Avalos suffers a pummelling from Santa Cruz, for 60-90 seconds, out on his feet, achieving something by staying up from a knockdown.
Avalos exceeds expectations in rounds 5-7, as he comes forward, out works, out lands Santa Cruz, doesn't put a dentist in Cruz, doesn't have any affect with his punches, doesn't land with the power, or real precision, but gives himself a chance of winning maybe a round or two, shows everyone he came to win. Santa Cruz seems to gain full control back in round 8, as he lands a few brutal, head rattling right hands onto an easy target which is Chris Avalos. Avalos, though moving, though having not been knocked down, though throwing back at times, is taken out of the fight by the referee, who could be accused of stopping the fight prematurely, but he saw a man who was not defending himself, and every shot which hit him, at that point in the fight, was crushing.