Leo Santa Cruz vs Chris Avalos

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Leo Santa Cruz vs Chris Avalos
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Date: 
Saturday, October 14, 2017
Location: 
StubHub Center, Carson, California, USA
Rounds Scheduled: 
12
Contracted Weight: 
126
Titles at Stake: 
WBA Super World featherweight title
Referee: 
Tom Taylor

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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.




Fan Cards: Leo Santa Cruz vs Chris Avalos


scorecard by THEICEMANJDOG
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
LEO SANTA CRUZ
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
70
CHRIS AVALOS
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
63


scorecard by ENDOFME1994
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
LEO SANTA CRUZ
10
10
10
10
9
9
10
68
CHRIS AVALOS
9
9
9
9
10
10
9
65


scorecard by PREMIER BOXING CHAMPIONS
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
LEO SANTA CRUZ
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
70
CHRIS AVALOS
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
63


scorecard by BLOODMONEY80
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
LEO SANTA CRUZ
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
70
CHRIS AVALOS
9
9
9
8
9
9
9
62


scorecard by BOXING KNOWLEDGE
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
LEO SANTA CRUZ
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
70
CHRIS AVALOS
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
63


scorecard by CHAMPION97
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
LEO SANTA CRUZ
10
10
10
10
9
10
10
69
CHRIS AVALOS
9
9
9
9
10
9
9
64


scorecard by GOLD
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
LEO SANTA CRUZ
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
69
CHRIS AVALOS
9
9
10
9
9
9
9
64


Comments

Champion97's picture

Prediction,

This is a decent match up.

I'm a massive fan of Leo Santa Cruz, I didn't think he would beat Frampton in their rematch, I just thought Frampton had his number, and he might have a bit too much for him again, but he proved me and a lot of other people wrong, he boxed very, very well, took the first couple of rounds, and then through the close bunch of rounds in the middle of the fight, when Frampton was boxing very well too, maybe boxing on even terms with Cruz for 6 rounds I think, it was Cruz who, despite having a tricky customer in front of him, pulled away, and punched rounds 9-11 into his possession, maybe took the last one as well, and won the fight, decisively, and I thought, fairly handedly in the end. Santa Cruz has proven himself time and time again, with the Frampton win being the ultimate victory, he also dominated Kiko Martinez, Manuel Roman, Abner Mares, Jesus Ruiz. Santa Cruz has all the typical attributes of a Mexican ring warrior, he walks through walls, he has a great engine, he can fight on the inside, when it's hard, when it's ragged, gritty, late on, 2 guys, almost nothing left in the tank, but throwing punches if they can, it is a fight he will thrive in, but Santa Cruz is more than that, far more, he knows how to use his reach, he has a solid jab, he is great at landing single shots to the body, with that, if he gets his shot off, backs up his opponent, he can commit, but whilst combinations are very often more effective than single shots, a fighter like Cruz, who doesn't really move his head as part of his reputois, can make it harder for the opponent to counter and punch with him because he doesn't over commit, and he can find leverage with his superior reach. Santa Cruz is one of many Mexican fighters who are really underrated. Santa Cruz will be coming off a 9 month layoff, not too long, maybe slightly longer than ideal, but I don't see ring rust being an issue in this case, but the main thing here is that he's keeping active, he's keeping busy, he's not letting the break between fights become long, that's important, especially if next year he is to have either a hard fight against Carl Frampton, in a rubber match that would make a lot of sense, or a rematch against Abner Mares, also a fight which makes sense.

Chris Avalos is decent, I don't think he's that good at this level, his record is 27-5, so he isn't bad, he is very good, at a certain level, one thing I can say first Avalos, to his credit, is that all 5 boxers who have beaten him, we're all unbeaten at the time. Avalos has been in there with names such as Carl Frampton, Oscar Valdez, he went 5 rounds with both if these guys, I don't think Avalos has really beaten any seriously good fighters at this level, or even just below, but his record strongly suggests, you have to be good, maybe even great, to beat him. Avalos is 27, so time is on his side in this fight, he's been a professional for nearly a decade as well, so he isn't that inexperienced, so I think there is little stopping Avalos, if he really wants to win, from doing his best in the gym, and fighting, as the best Chris Avalos there is. I think Avalos will be well prepared for this fight, he'll come to win, hopefully, and I think he'll try his best to take the fight to Santa Cruz.

I think Santa Cruz is going to win this one, and I don't think it's going to be tough at all really. I think Avalos will come out swinging, maybe a bit wild, I think he'll try to move as well, but I think Santa Cruz will have no problem finding the right distance with his shots, and when Avalos imposes his will, confronts Santa Cruz with aggression, he'll only walk onto counters, hard counters. I think Santa Cruz will win the first 2 rounds with controlled, consistent, educated boxing, not getting hit, and landing sharp shots on his opponent. I think Cruz will begin to really hurt Avalos in round 3, I think he'll put him down, with a body shot, and then again at the end of the round, as Santa Cruz unloads a barrage of punches onto his opponent. I think Avalos will recompose himself going into round 4, but that is all which could be said for him, as Santa Cruz stops him before the halfway point of the round, having battered, dropped him again.

Hopefully Santa Cruz has two fights next year, and at least one of them is a tough fight against a Mares or a Frampton, it is good to fight twice a year, for champions to have one really hard fight, no obvious walkovers, and one fight which should give them some rounds, give them some work to do, give an underdog an opportunity, and risk having unexpected diffulty in a fight which is expected to be quite easy, who knows?, Avalos could surprise everyone, and box a lot better than most of us think he will, but I think it is more likely that Cruz will just have everything his own way, it won't be a long fight, and maybe for Santa Cruz, more a sort of tune up for a tough fight in the next 5-8 months.