Saturday, 14 October 2017
Santa Cruz stops Avalos in 8 to defend WBA Super title.
WBA Featherweight Super champion Leo Santa Cruz 33-1-1 (18 Ko's) successfully defended his championship on Saturday night by stopping gritty Chris Avalos 27-5 (20 Ko's) in 8 rounds at the StubHub Centre in Carson California.. Santa Cruz started effectively aggressive and hurt the challenger badly in the first two sessions. Santa Cruz once again found his mark in the fourth with accurate right hands landing flush, overwhelming the game challenger repeatedly.. Avalos survived the treacherous round but appeared spent at the bell.. A compassionate corner may have saved their charge from a hopeless task at this point, but Avalos was sent back into the action.. Within a minute of round 5, Santa Cruz once again sent his challenger reeling, but surprisingly Avalos responded and had a moments success of his own, the defiance seeing him survive the round.. The three weight champion stuck to task but was met by a stubborn Avalos in the sixth, again attempting to find some momentum and a foothold back into the bout. Avalos appeared to be overstaying his welcome in the seventh, showing the rarest of courage that has kept him in a fight that looked beyond him 3 rounds ago.. An impatient Champion attempted to close the show in the 8th, landing a series of clean shots, which prompting referee Thomas Taylor to step in and stop the fight.. The stoppage did appear a little odd considering the terrible trouble Avalos had survived in previous rounds, the time of the stoppage was relatively tame..