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Stiverne vs Wilder results: Leo Santa Cruz dominates Jesus Ruiz

Leo Santa Cruz retained his title with a fairly easy win tonight over Jesus Ruiz on Showtime.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Though Jesus Ruiz's performance was perhaps better than expected, Leo Santa Cruz pretty much owned the ring tonight at the MGM Grand, successfully defending his WBC super bantamweight title against another fringe contender on Showtime.

Santa Cruz (29-0-1, 17 KO) and Ruiz (33-6-5, 22 KO) traded body shots early, but as the fight wore on it was clear that Santa Cruz was the more effective puncher, as well as busier and more accurate. In the seventh round, Santa Cruz started to really beat up on Ruiz, and early in the eighth went in for the kill, unleashing a flurry of shots with Ruiz backed against the ropes. Referee Kenny Bayless then stepped in to stop the bout.

The fight was a statistical landslide in Santa Cruz's favor. He landed 67 of 216 (31%) of his jabs, and 210 of 425 (49%) of his power shots, for a total connect rate of 43% on 277 of 641. Ruiz landed 23 of 237 (10%) of his jabs, and 97 of 317 (31%) of his power shots, for a total connect rate of just 22% on 120 of 554.

Santa Cruz called out Abner Mares and Guillermo Rigondeaux after the fight, saying he wants to fight the best opponents, and will tell his team to make that happen for him. We'll see what comes next, but at least the talk is there.

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