Leo Santa Cruz beat Alberto Guevara in a hard-fought main event on CBS yesterday afternoon, as the network aired boxing for the first time since 1997.
Yesterday afternoon, boxing returned to CBS for the first time in 15 years as Golden Boy and Showtime teamed up to put on an entertaining 12-round bantamweight title fight, won by Leo Santa Cruz via unanimous decision.
The scheduled televised co-feature had to be scrapped after the previous college basketball game ran into overtime (Butler upset top-ranked Indiana), but Joseph Diaz Jr did make his pro debut successfully, beating Vicente Alfaro via four-round decision. Fellow 2012 Olympians Marcus Browne (KO-1 over Ritchie Cherry) and Errol Spence (TKO-3 over Richard Andrews) were also victorious.
Leo Santa Cruz
"I want to thank Al Haymon, Golden Boy and all of my supporters because otherwise I wouldn't have been able to fight on CBS. I'm sorry I didn't give as good of a show today. I felt a little different. I couldn't breathe after the third round, so I had to breathe through my mouth. I messed up my right hand in sparring -- that's why I moved to southpaw.
"I usually throw more body shots, but he was running too much. I have been fighting a lot in the last several months and didn't give my body enough time to rest."
"I think I did great. I was very tough for him. Leo is very good, very tough and very strong. I know I hurt him in the 12th round, but he hurt me in the fifth.
"I said that I was going to be in there and not run around. I had to stay with my style and box. I felt like I trained for one and a half men. They called us for the fight three weeks ago."
Joseph Diaz Jr
"It felt great to turn pro. I need to get my timing down as a professional, but overall it was a great experience. It was great motivation to fight in my hometown of LA. I wanted to put on a good show and I think I did. Hopefully I will get in there again in January or February."