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Santa Cruz – Martinez promises to be exciting

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Few fighters have as action-packed fights as Leo Santa Cruz does. The guy throws punches at a high rate. When he sough Abner Mares in August, he threw 1,057 punches in a 12-round fight that ended up being a majority decision for him. He threw so much he needed six months just for his hands and arms to recover.

But that is typical for Santa Cruz. It’s the style he fights and it is how he won all three of his world championship, including his current WBA Super World featherweight title that he will be defending against Kiko Martinez in Anaheim, California on Saturday night.

Santa Cruz has his eyes set on more gold and big things in 2016 and Martinez may be his stepping stone to it. Should Santa Cruz (31-0-1, 17 KOs) impressively beat Martinez he would be headed right to a fight between the winner of Scott Quigg and Carl Frampton’s super bantamweight title unification bout.

After all, wins over Martinez was what vaulted those two, to fight against each other. Santa Cruz would add himself right into the mix with those two fighters with a victory.

But Martinez (25-6, 26 KOs) is far from a guaranteed victory. The former two-time world champion is as as tough as they come and since being stopped by Quigg in JUly had stormed backw ith three-straight victories in a three-month span. He loves to fight and doesn’t mind picking up fights in a hurry. He’s battle-tested and powerful. A win for him over the undefeated three-time champion would prove that he is nowhere near finished being a world title contender as he fastly approaches his 30th birthday.

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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