Leo Santa Cruz vs Miguel Flores

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Leo Santa Cruz vs Miguel Flores
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Saturday, February 16, 2019
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WBA Featherweight World Title (Santa Cruz's 3rd defence).


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Good to see Santa Cruz staying active, he beat Frampton in 2017, beat Mares in 2018, so you can't really complain about him taking a tune-up, an easier fight, as long as he steps it back up again, takes another tough fight, later in the year, the Russell unification would be awesome, Valdez, as well, another great unification fight, all Mexican fights always deliver, but a champion shouldn't be expected to have a tough fight every time.

Champions have the right to take on easier challengers for a tune-up, within reason, but Cruz is not fighting a bum, Flores has wins over Ryan Kielczweski and Mario Briones, he isn't a world level fighter, Flores, but he is an experienced professional, and he is a young fighter, he has two losses, stopped by Chris Avalos (who Santa Cruz stopped late in 2017), and Dat Nguyen, he dropped Avalos, was ahead in that fight, and I believe it was a cut stoppage. Flores lost two in a row, but then got back to winning ways with a 2 round stoppage in April 2018, but he has still lost 2 of his last 3, comes off 10 months out of the ring.

Santa Cruz is probably at that point when he starts to decline slowly, at 30, he is getting old for a featherweight, but he is on a winning streak, should probably have a couple of years left before he starts to look at all old in fights, so in this fight, he's basically still in his prime.

I think this is just activitiy for Santa Cruz, shouldn't be too easy, shouldn't be a tough fight for him, he should lose a maximum of 2 close rounds, and I don't think this should go the distance. This is an ideal fight for Santa Cruz to take next, because he is unlikely to take damage, but he's likely to keep getting the rounds in.

I think Santa Cruz will stop Flores late, maybe in 10 rounds, I don't think it will be a great performance, but a decent performance, he will win the rounds, it will be a one sided fight, he will break Flores down, and get a late stoppage.

I think Santa Cruz should be in a unification fight, late in 2019, the Russell fight seems more likely because they are both with Showtime, both managed or at least advised by Al Haymon. Santa Cruz vs Russell is a great fight, might be the best potential fight at 126.