Leo ‘El Terremoto’ Santa Cruz 36-1-1 (19) has warned he is hitting harder than ever at super featherweight ahead of his bid to become a four-weight world champion when he takes on Miguel Flores 24-2 (12) for the vacant WBA 130-pound title at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday night.
And the 31-year-old Mexican is expecting just to win, he’s also expecting to steal the show from the main event between WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and Luis Ortiz.
“I think I’ll still throw a lot of punches at the new weight. I always train the same no matter what. My dad says that I need to be working for the whole three minutes of each round,” Santa Cruz said.
“The only thing that is different for this fight is that we’re working on our power. We’re working on sitting down on our punches because we know the fighters in this division are bigger and stronger.
“My strength and conditioning coach has been having me do more weights than usual and I’m sparring with bigger guys than usual. The ones I’ve sparred before say that I’m hitting even hard than in the past.
“To all the fans, I’m really happy and excited to put on another great show for you. Miguel and I are going to give a great show for the fans and try to steal the show. It will be hard with this main event, but we’re going to try our best to make it the fight of the night.
“Once the fans see how great the fight is, they’re going to see how amazing a fighter Miguel Flores is. We know what he’s capable of and that’s why I trained so hard to get this win.
“To become a four-division world champion would be a huge accomplishment for me. I never dreamed of winning titles in four divisions. Not many fighters can say that and I’m happy and excited to get in the ring Saturday and make this new dream come true.
“I love fighting for Mexico and I think they’re going to be proud of my performance Saturday night. I fight for them and I hope they keep supporting me as my career goes on.”
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