Leo Santa Cruz (30-0-1, 17 KOs) will be making his next mandatory title defense against Hugo Ruiz (35-2, 31 KOs), according to the WBC. Originally the WBC mandated that Hugo Ruiz fight Nonitio Donaire for the right to face Leo Santa Cruz, but Donaire pulled out of the purse bid last Friday making that fight a no-go.
"WBC has been notified by Top Rank Promotions that Nonito Donaire will not fight against Hugo Ruiz in a bout ordered by the WBC as a final elimination to determine the mandatory contender of the super-bantamweight division. Consequently, Hugo Ruiz has been appointed mandatory contender to fight WBC champion Leo Santa Cruz," the WBC told World Boxing News.
This should prove to be a big step up for Hugo Ruiz, whose resume includes 11 fights against opponents without so much as a win. I mean, come on...not one win?! Hugo's last outing resulted in a first round TKO over Carlos Medellin (23-18-2) back in November. Meanwhile, fans have been impatiently waiting for Leo Santa Cruz to step up his level of opposition - but it doesn't look like it'll happen here if this fight comes off next.