Ringside at the MGM Grand: Santa Cruz Recaptures his 126-Pound Title

FRAMPTON-SANTA CRUZ II — Leo Santa Cruz recaptured his WBA Super World Featherweight title with a hard fought majority decision over Carl Frampton before an announced crowd of 10,085 at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas on Saturday, Jan. 28. Santa Cruz prevailed by scores of 115-113, 115-113, and 114-114.

There were a lot of parallels between this match and the first meeting on July 30 in Brooklyn. In that affair, Santa Cruz lost his title and his undefeated record by a majority decision. On Saturday he took back the title while saddling Frampton (now 23-1) with his first professional loss.

Heading into the fight, Santa Cruz (33-1-1) promised to fight a smarter fight than he did in the first engagement. By that he meant that he would brawl less and box more, lengthening the trajectory of punches to take advantage of his superior reach. He held tight to the script and it paid dividends.

The first fight was a robust affair and this fight measured up to that standard. There were a number of furious exchanges, notably in rounds 1, 3, 5, and 9. Santa Cruz scored an apparent knockdown with seconds remaining in the fourth round, but referee Kenny Bayless ruled it a slip.

The punch tally was consistent with the outcome. Santa Cruz, the busier fighter, was credited with landing

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