Media Call: Kiko Martinez vs Leo Santa Cruz

Kiko Martinez vs Leo Santa Cruz – As a prelude to Saturday’s WBA Super World Featherweight title bout between Leo Santa Cruz and Kiko Martinez, both fighters participated in a conference call with the media this afternoon.

The fight comes to us from the Honda Center in Anaheim, California and airs on Showtime in the United States.

The bout sees Santa Cruz (31-0-1) defending his WBA title against Martinez (35-6) a former world champion who won the IBF World title at Super Bantamweight in his only previous state-side appearance.

Typical of this type of media scrum, both fighters were very respectful of each other.  Though Santa Cruz is a heavy favorite, he expressed that he has maintained his high level of training and preparation and that he is not looking past Martinez.

Martinez wanted to leave the message clear that he came to win.  He has taken the fight seriously and has retained his hunger to fight.

Martinez manager, Sampson Lewkowics chimed in stating “I like Leo and his father, we have worked together in the past.  It is because I like them that I promise we will give them a re-match.  We are coming to win”.

Martinez has been preparing for this fight with Gabriel Sarmiento, the trainer responsible for Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez, and Kiko feels that he has taken his game to a whole new level.

The co-feature bout is at Super Bantamweight as Julio Ceja (30-1) and Hugo Ruiz (35-3) meet in a re-match for the WBC world title.

The opening bout on the broadcast features Heavyweights as undefeated Gerald Washington (16-0-1) takes on Oscar Rivas (18-0) in a 10 round bout.


February 27th, 2016 – Honda Center

Anaheim, California


Complete Card Subject To Change:

Featherweight: Leo Santa Cruz vs Kiko Martinez                12RD WBA Super World title

Super Bantamweight: Julio Ceja vs Hugo Ruiz                   12RD WBC World title

Heavyweight: Gerald Washington vs Oscar Rivas              10RD

Featherweight: Claudio Marrero vs Jonathan Arrellano       10RD

Middleweight: Paul Mendez vs Joshua Okine                     10RD

Super Lightweight: Anthony Flores vs Daniel Nava             8RD

Welterweight: Ceferino Rodriguez vs Ernesto Ortiz             8RD

Cruiserweight: Michael Hunter vs TBA                                8RD

Bantamweight: Antonio Santa Cruz vs Jorge Perez                        4RD

Super Lightweight: Min Wook Kim vs Jose Luis Rodriguez

Super Bantamweight: Rey Vargas vs TBA


Check out The Boxing Channel‘s video with results and highlights.