Boxing is back on network television in the U.S., as CBS presents an afternoon doubleheader from the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, featuring Leo Santa Cruz and 2012 Olympian Joseph Diaz Jr.
Today at 4:30 pm EST, boxing returns to CBS for the first time since 1997, as Golden Boy Promotions brings a pair of live fights from the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena.
In the main event, exciting young IBF bantamweight titlist Leo Santa Cruz (22-0-1, 13 KO) defends against Alberto Guevara (16-0, 6 KO). The 24-year-old Santa Cruz is looking to go 5-0 in what has been a breakout year for the rising star, whose fierce body attack and incredible volume of punches has won over everyone who has seen him thus far.
In the co-feature, Joseph Diaz Jr makes his pro debut at super bantamweight against Vicente Alfaro (5-2, 1 KO). Born in Mexico, Alfaro is now based in Minnesota, where he's gone 5-0. He's 0-2 in California, losing by stoppage to Efrain Esquivias and Manuel Avila. Diaz Jr had a strong showing in London, losing to top-seeded Lazaro Alvarez of Cuba before the medal rounds in a very competitive bout.
BLH will have live round-by-round coverage and immediate post-fight analysis for the bouts, with Brent Brookhouse handling those duties. Join us this afternoon on a big day for boxing!