Leo Santa Cruz appears headed back to Showtime for his next fight, as the current WBA featherweight titleholder is reportedly set to face former super bantamweight titlist Kiko Martinez, likely for February 20 in Los Angeles.
Santa Cruz (31-0-1, 17 KO) won titles at 118 and 122, before moving up to 126 this past year and beating Abner Mares for the vacant WBA belt on August 29 at the Staples Center. The 27-year-old Mexican-American has been criticized for some soft opposition in the recent past, and this could be another situation where he takes heat.
That's because Martinez (35-6, 26 KO) was thrashed in his last loss, which is also his last fight against a credible opponent. The 29-year-old Spaniard was stopped in two rounds by Scott Quigg on July 18. He's also got two one-sided loss to Carl Frampton recently, but between his defeats in 2013 and 2014 to Frampton, he did win a belt at 122, upsetting Jhonatan Romero, making two successful defenses against Jeffrey Mathebula and Hozumi Hasegawa.
Do you like this fight, or do you see it as easy matchmaking for Santa Cruz?