By Ben Jacobs
Former world champion Kiko Martinez (35-6, 26KOs) indicated via his Twitter account that he will fight three division beltholder Leo Santa Cruz (31-0-1, 17KOs) on February 20 in Los Angeles. A source close to the situation has now confirmed the news to BoxingScene.com
Martínez was in discussions to fight Jazza Dickens for the European title but has decided to accept the offer to battle the WBA featherweight champion. The former IBF super bantamweight holder tweeted in Spanish, "I've decided to go the hard route, these trains don't come along often. I know that you will support me, I will give everything."
The source added that the WBC Diamond belt will also be on the line. Martinez, since losing by way of a two round knockout to Scott Quigg, has picked up three wins in a row at the featherweight limit.
Reportedly, the co-feature will be a rematch between WBC super bantamweight champion Julio Ceja (30-1, 27 KO) and Hugo Ruiz (35-3, 31 KOs). The boxers fought in one of the better fights of 2015, where Ceja got off the deck to knock Ruiz out in the fifth. The main event of the card, which took place in August, featured Santa Cruz winning his WBA title with a twelve round decision of Abner Mares.