Monday, October 16, 2017

Dustin's Corner: Leo Santa Cruz Victory over Chris Avalos

Finally! The People’s Red Head has come back to The Weigh-In!

Santa Cruz (34-1-1, 19 KOs) is celebrating what Johnny Drama refers to as “Victory,” after his domination of Avalos (27-6, 20 KOs) Saturday night in Los Angeles. Santa Cruz is now poised for a re-match with Abner Mares (31-2-1, 15 KOs).

As Matt, Luis, and myself sipped hot cocoa in our onesies, we could not help but admire Santa Cruz’s body of work. Santa Cruz established his jab early and compubox showed him landing over 50% of his power shots. In addition, Santa Cruz committed to bodywork, which paid dividends as the fight progressed.

Santa Cruz landed a big left hook in round four that made Avalos contemplate a career change. However, Avalos showed tremendous heart in the ring. He was outmatched, but earned the respect of all. Santa Cruz earned a stoppage in round eight, setting him up for another battle with Mares.

While Avalos put forth a valiant effort, he was outclassed. Santa Cruz believes he is a different fighter now that he is working with Robert Garcia, and his performances have me agreeing with him. It will be interesting to see where Avalos goes from here. In the meantime, I cannot wait for Santa Cruz and Mares to go at it again. I believe it is the fight everyone wants to see.

Special Thanks to:
Matt Ward
The homeless guy at the end of my street

- Dustin Johnson, The People's Red Head

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