It has been touch and go for the elder Santa Cruz because he is in the fight of his life against bone cancer. "I just wanted to say that we're thrilled that Jose Santa Cruz is back on his feet," McGuigan said. Your dad is a cancer survivor. He has the power to knock out anybody. "But the last couple of weeks, he was there in the camp. Leo Santa Cruz: I'm very excited, happy, and nervous. Is Fury-Wilder 3 really doomed? Now we are able to fight in front of fans. He'd promised that he'd come to the fight and not to give up.". At least that has been the instructions of his father, Jose Santa Cruz, who is also his trainer. Ever since I was a little kid, I said, 'Hopefully one day, I'll be in the big fight like this on pay-per-view.' The WBA (super) junior lightweight champion is set for the biggest fight of his career when as he battles three-time world champion and current WBA (regular) lightweight titleholder Gervonta Davis at The Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. I'm proud of them and I'm proud that they are my sons.". I know Gervonta Davis can hit. This what I worked my whole life for. Now he's doing pretty well, and your dad has been back with you on and off in this camp. I'm in the ring with Leo but he's still there," Antonio said. DN: Many people are making this a big deal because the fight is in San Antonio and will take place with a limited amount of fans. Santa Cruz pursued a fight with Davis in part to challenge himself. Can Tyson KO Jones?

Santa Cruz and Frampton have shown the utmost respect for each other throughout the promotion and their high regard for each other carried over into the final news conference with Hall of Famer Barry McGuigan, Frampton's manager, offering kind words to Jose Santa Cruz. Did that bother you at all, or were you like, 'You know what, it's just a week. Santa Cruz was in the midst of his best round when, with his back to the ropes, Davis, a southpaw, uncorked a left uppercut that spun his foe’s head half way round and knocked him out cold. We're both undefeated and we're going to make it a war.

The key to victory for Leo Santa Cruz on Saturday might not be that complicated: Just listen to dad. "He has always been there with me since the beginning of my career, since I was very small," he said. We almost lost him. It actually brought tears to my eyes, but I am very happy that he is here and will be in my corner for my fight. By the late part of training camp Leo said his father was in the gym daily, even if he wasn't involved hands-on as he usually is. It showed tonight.... Mario Barrios punctuated a strong performance with a brutal knockout of Ryan Karl on the Gervonta Davis-Leo Santa Cruz card Saturday in San Antonio, Barrios' hometown. DN: The fight got shifted to Halloween night.

I throw more combinations. But it's a blessing to have him here. Santa Cruz, who faces Gervonta Davis on pay-per … DN: A big factor heading into this fight is your relationship with your dad. Santa Cruz, who faces Gervonta Davis on pay-per-view from the Alamodome in San Antonio, has the instincts of a warrior. Then, on Feb. 27, Santa Cruz (32-0-1, 18 KOs), 27, dispatched former titlist Kiko Martinez (from whom Frampton won his first world title) in five rounds. Real or Not: Fury-Wilder III without fans? He’s the smart one. Days before Santa Cruz makes the walk, he talks with DAZN News about finally securing the big fight, the edge he has over Davis and having his dad with him in his career. "I'm so thrilled for Leo that he has this opportunity and to be here for him," Jose Santa Cruz said. Experience beats power.

No disrespect to "Tank" but his resume doesn't match up with yours. Santa Cruz (37-1-1, 19 KOs) is no slouch. My dreams are coming true. “Everybody has their opinions, they can say what they want. When: Saturday, 9 p.m. This cancer is not going to beat me. Well, he got what he wished for. What lies ahead for Gervonta Davis and Naoya Inoue after highlight-reel KOs? Experience plays a big role in boxing. And as the fight is going, he’ll tell me how to fight him and find a way to beat him.”. TV: Showtime. What does it mean to you to finally get to this big stage under the brightest lights against one of the sport's premier names?

LSC: This means the world to me. “I learned a lot from those fights  and ever since have learned a lot more.”. “I’m a pay-per-view star,” he said afterward. He did what he had to do to win. ", The Santa Cruz family is well-liked throughout the boxing community and Lou DiBella, promoter of the card, seemingly spoke for all recently when he told Leo Santa Cruz during a media teleconference to discuss the match, "I just want you to know that all of us in the entire boxing world are praying for your dad and thank you for your dad. Jose Santa Cruz is not looking for sympathy. You faced Abner Mars and Carl Frampton twice. Hopefully we’ll be able to take Tank’s punches too. It wasn't looking good for a little while. How excited are you to finally get this fight squared away? "I know Frampton is undefeated, but Leo comes very prepared. I have to watch out for the big punches that he throws. “Tank is my hardest fight, the strongest [opponent] of my career,” he said. When his father began to feel a bit better, the decision was made to go through with the fight, Leo Santa Cruz said. His mission in the junior lightweight bout Saturday will be to resist his own urges because Davis (23-0, 22 KOs) is one of the most powerful punchers pound-for-pound in the sport and will be the bigger man in the ring. Barrios (26-0, 17 KOs) and Karl (18-3, 12 KOs) engaged in a spirited give-and-take fight for five-plus rounds of the scheduled 12-round 140-pound fight, although Barrios was more accurate with his punches and landed the bigger blows. He is just excited to be at his son's side for the fight, as he always has been. "I'm really happy to be here," he said. "We didn't know how my dad was going to be, or if he would be in my corner or if he was going to be able to beat cancer," Santa Cruz said. He has worked hard in camp, like he always does.

I have to do it.' He got up, held onto Barrios to regain his senses, started to fire back and then ran into a different problem. It's a big fight and the biggest one of my career because it's on pay-per-view and in front of fans.

I have to fight smart, try as had as I can to listen to my dad and do what he tells me to win the fight.”. The former heavyweight titleholder, speaking on a Twitter video and also tweeting, accused rival Tyson Fury of loading his gloves before their two fights and “trying to weasel out of our agreement” to fight a third time. Once they get there with somebody with experience, they freeze. “… I’m No. A straight right forced Karl to one knee. He wants to be there for Leo. Real or not: Canelo-GGG III in 2021? Frampton looks to win title in second weight class, How to bet Santa Cruz-Frampton featherweight title fight, 2013 BWAA Nat Fleischer Award winner for excellence in boxing journalism. MMA, boxing and wrestling are all facing a major issue: a cracked combat sports pipeline. Hopefully, the same thing happens with "Tank" Davis and I frustrate him.

God made a miracle. Or, do you feel like you have a couple of different ways that you can win? It was heartbreaking because we almost lost him. https://boxingjunkie.usatoday.com/2020/10/leo-santa-cruz-wants-to-avoid-war-im-going-to-listen-to-dad. … I’ll want to brawl with him, make it a war. LSC: It is my job to fight. It's a big fight. But then when we went to talk to my dad and told him about it he told us that no, that this is a job that even if he can't be there then we still have to go out there and do what we do.

They end up waiting until the last round, and they can't do it. We're going to leave it all in the ring. Leo Santa Cruz has had a stellar boxing career. Leo Santa Cruz on finally getting the big fight against Gervonta Davis, having his dad back in his corner Leo Santa Cruz has had a stellar boxing career. Antonio Santa Cruz, Leo's younger brother, works alongside his father as a trainer for his brother, but he took on added responsibility during this training camp. Hopefully, the fans love me, and they want to continue to see my fight. Jesse Tyler Ferguson Has a Cookbook Coming—Get a First Look at the Cover! An extra week gives me a little bit more preparation. Deontay Wilder finally had his say. DN: This fight, to me, draws a lot of comparisons to Teofimo Lopez-Vasiliy Lomachenko because not many people were giving Lopez a shot. My job is to go out there and prove them wrong. LSC: I know I have a couple of different styles to win the fight. Can Kell Brook upset Terence Crawford? As long as he was healthy enough, Jose says he was not about to miss what many view as the most dangerous fight of Leo's career -- a career that has seen him win world titles in three weight classes -- bantamweight, junior featherweight and featherweight. The thought of my dad not being in this big fight for me was frustrating. I got great experience with Abner Mares and Carl Frampton and learned how to fight different styles.



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