CompuBox: Santa Cruz-Martinez - Over 1K Punches in 5 Rounds

ANAHEIM, Calif. – Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz defended his WBA Featherweight World Championship in convincing fashion on Saturday night, knocking down Kiko “Sensación” Martinez twice in the first round, then ending it on a barrage of punches as the fight was called at 2:09 in the fifth round in the main event of a SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING doubleheader at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.  
Santa Cruz with a typical wood-chipper attack highlighted by two first-round knockdowns. Martinez survived the opening onslaught and enjoyed several good moments but Santa Cruz's size and superior motor proved pivotal as referee Raul Caiz eventually stopped the bout once it became too one-sided. The pair combined for more than 1,000 punches in less than five rounds of action.

Santa Cruz wasted no time getting the upper hand as the opening bell rung. He knocked Martinez out twice in the first round; the first just 23 seconds into the fight and the second on a devastating right hand at two minutes into the round prompting SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING play-by-play announcer Mauro Ranallo to tell expert analyst Al Bernstein: “We may be able to get to Disneyland before the end of the night.”
Martinez fell into a groove in the third and fourth rounds, but got into trouble two minutes into the fifth round as Santa Cruz had him up against the ropes connecting on numerous body shots, uppercuts and combinations before referee Raul Caiz Sr. signaled the end of the fight for Santa Cruz’s second straight world title defense in Southern California.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by SalimShady1212 on 02-29-2016

LSC still not getting the credit he deserves. I was one of few who picked him to beat Mares, with his high output style and physical dimensions he will be a problem for anyone.

Comment by NapalmKnuckles on 02-29-2016

[QUOTE=OctoberRed;16504251]On paper this was the worst fight and ended up being the best fight of the weeekend[/QUOTE] You're pretty much guaranteed a barnburner when its between 2 bums.

Comment by pvj on 02-29-2016

[QUOTE=Zangief.;16504495]Its clear as day that Kiko is damaged goods no way would a weak powder puff puncher like LSC hurt a prime Kiko. I still stick by my guns Quigg and Frampton would be too big and strong for him…

Comment by pvj on 02-29-2016

[QUOTE=Redd Foxx;16504551]People are fools to sleep on this guy. Throwing 570 punches in under 5 rounds and connecting over 40% it a problem for anyone in the division. Granted, the opposition wasn't top tier but he was GAME that night…

Comment by Redd Foxx on 02-29-2016

People are fools to sleep on this guy. Throwing 570 punches in under 5 rounds and connecting over 40% it a problem for anyone in the division. Granted, the opposition wasn't top tier but he was GAME that night and…

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