Friday Boxing Results: Leo Santa Cruz Takes Another Step on Solo Boxeo Tecate

Indio, CA

  • Leo Santa Cruz KO-5 Jose "Carita" Lopez: Consider me sold on this kid. The 22-year-old Santa Cruz (16-0-1, 8 KO) was effective with his jab, worked well inside, and tore away to the body, ending Lopez (39-10-2, 32 KO) on a fifth round body shot. At 5'7" with a 70" reach, Santa Cruz is a big bantamweight, and he knows how to use it. He's officially someone to watch, and I can't imagine him not picking up fans as soon as people see him fight.
  • Luis Ramos Jr UD-8 Francisco Lorenzo: Not an easy fight for Ramos (19-0, 8 KO), but he looked much better than he did last time out in March, when I thought he got lucky to escape Jose Hernandez with a win. Lorenzo (36-10, 16 KO) gave him plenty of looks and plenty to worry about, but Ramos got the better of the fight. I think I like Ramos; not a stud prospect by any means, but he has skill, is willing to mix it up, and makes for good fights.
  • Randy Caballero TKO-4 Sergio Cristobal: Caballero improves to 11-0 (7 KO) with an overall easy win over Chicago's mohawked Cristobal (3-2, 0 KO), who had some toughness to match his hairdo.
  • Juan Sandoval KO-2 Rene Torres, Jose Gonzalez D-4 Drew Davis

Tampa, FL

  • Yudel Jhonson UD-10 Jose Miguel Torres: It was a "bored Cuban amateur" performance for Jhonson (11-0, 7 KO), who met no resistance and never felt the need to turn it up a notch. A really lousy fight. Torres falls to 21-5 (19 KO) with his first fight in two years.
  • Walter Estrada UD-8 Tyrese Hendrix: I saw people reporting this as an upset. How? Why? Hendrix (20-3-1, 9 KO) has now lost three of five and still never beaten anyone of substance. He's not a prospect. He's not good. Estrada (39-14-1, 25 KO) mostly bossed the action and controlled the tempo of the fight, and so he won. Simple as that.
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