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Leo Santa Cruz KOs Kiko Martinez

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Leo Santa Cruz backed Kiko Martinez into a corner, and teed off on the former two division champion. Referee Raul Caiz Sr. Martinez every chance to get out of the beating, but while he was keeping his hands up and intelligently defending, he was not punching back and just taking on damage. He had to call the fight during the fifth round of the scheduled 12-round fight for the WBA Super World featherweight title.

The always active and aggressive Santa Cruz improved to 32-0-1 with an 18th victory coming by knockout. He showed it was going to be his night right away too, knocking Martinez down twice in the first round.

Martinez kept punching, though, and eventually busted open Santa Cruz’ nose and left his face bloodied but the Mexican who fights out of Rosemead, California was able to force a stoppage.

Santa Cruz was supposed to beat Martinez like he did. That was not a surprise. It was not even really a surprise to see the fight end early. But the win is significant because Santa Cruz is on a mission to unify all of the super bantamweigt titles. Martinez was the opening for Scott Quigg and Carl Frampton to become champions. Santa Cruz, a former champion of the division, seems poised to take on Frampton, who added the WBA title to his IBF title by beating Scott Quigg. At the very least he’ll look to challenge WBC champion Julio Ceja.

Either way, Santa Cruz had plenty of reason to believe he can become the super bantamweight champion again after his victory over Martinez.

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