In our main attraction for the night, undefeated WBA Featherweight World Champion Leo Santa Cruz retained his title while infant of a hometown crown and defeated Rafael Rivera by way of unanimous decision live on PBC on FOX, from Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles, CA.
Santa Cruz set the tone for the night as he released body-shivering hooks and robust uppercuts to establish distance between he and Rivera. Seemingly prepared for war, Rivera countered from the pockets and exchanged with Santa Cruz to transition into the second and third round.
Using the middle rounds as time to outwork Rivera, Santa Cruz focused more on delivering chilling shots to his body and continued to control the pace of the night as Rivera failed to maintain his load of activity.
As they arrived into the final championship rounds, Santa Cruz challenged all shots thrown by Rivera by either countering or smothering his punches with his own arsenal of skill and accuracy shortly after.
Santa Cruz continued to