Santa Cruz-Flores Set For February 16th
On Thursday it was made official that Leo Santa Cruz would defend his WBA featherweight title against Miguel Flores on February 16th for a FOX broadcast from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California.
“Leo Santa Cruz and Miguel Flores were both born in Michoacán and they have the blood of the proud Aztec warriors flowing through them,” said Richard Schaefer, Chairman and CEO of Ringstar Sports who will help promote the event. “Between them they have 61 fights and 58 wins! For them, February 16 is not just going to be another fight, for them it is about pride and country. The huge audience on FOX and FOX Deportes will be in for a treat and so will be the thousands in attendance at the Microsoft Theatre at L.A. Live in Los Angeles. What a way to start the New Year!”
Santa Cruz returns to the ring following his second showdown against Abner Mares, where Santa Cruz would take a win on the scorecards, as he looks for his third successful defense of the title he won in 2017 against Carl Framption.
“I trained really hard for this fight like I do all my fights and I’m really focused and determined to get the win, because I know that after this one, I want to clean up the division,” said Santa Cruz.
“I’m not overlooking my opponent at all. The main thing is I have to get this win and look great against Miguel Flores. I want to beat Flores and continue to show the world that I’m one of the best. After defeating Flores, I’ll be ready to clean up the division. I just have to be smart and not be too wild because I want to get the knockout and look spectacular. I know if I can be calm, I can do what I have to do.”
Flores looks to take the title after a run that saw him suffer losses to Dat Nguyen and a blood stoppage loss to Chris Avalos, when Flores was winning on the scorecards. Flores righted the ship with a win over Raul Chirino in April, but now aims to out-box Santa Cruz.
“We’re taking this fight very seriously and we understand that we’re going against the top featherweight in the division,” said Flores. “We know he’s looking to unify, but he has to first worry about me on February 16. We have to stay focused and smart. We know Leo likes to have brawls and he likes to throw a lot of punches. We have to be smart and box when we want to box and fight when we want to fight. We have to stick to our game plan.”