Leo Santa Cruz reclaimed the WBA “super world” featherweight title last night on Showtime, winning a majority decision over Carl Frampton in Las Vegas, handing Frampton his first pro loss, and setting up a potential trilogy.
If you missed the fight, here’s Showtime’s in-depth look at it:
This was a terrific, high level boxing match with plenty of action, two world class fighters once again delivering the goods as promised. From my perspective, there’s no reason to not do a third fight, even if it’s not immediate. Maybe Frampton goes back to the UK and faces Lee Selby for the IBF belt first. Maybe then we see a unification third fight. I don’t know. But there remains a score unsettled after 24 rounds.
In the co-feature, Mikey Garcia looked sensational and dominant at 135 pounds, winning the WBC lightweight title to make it world titles in three weight classes. Garcia (36-0, 30 KO) just thrashed Dejan Zlaticanin (22-1, 15 KO) before thunderously knocking him out in the third round.
Here’s the KO:
Zlaticanin was down on the canvas and had medical attention and oxygen before thankfully leaving under his own power. This is an easy early contender for Knockout of the Year, and should be in the discussion for a good while.