By Miguel Maravilla
Leo “Terremoto” Santa Cruz (19-0-1, 11 KOs) is ready for his first world title fight against IBF #1 contender South Africa’s Vusi Malinga (20-3, 12 KOs) for the vacant IBF Bantamweight title as he gets set to open the Showtime quadruple header next Saturday, June 2 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California.
“I have been training like never before I am training really hard to win this title,” Santa Cruz told Fightnews.com
It was another day at work for the 23 year old Santa Cruz as he worked out for the media at the Wild Card Boxing Gym in Hollywood California. He began the day shadow boxing for cameras before hitting heavy bag. In his closing workout, Santa Cruz worked on his timing hitting the double end bag. Santa Cruz is trained by his father Jose Santa Cruz training out of the Who’s Next Gym in Industry California and began working with strength and conditioning coach Daniel Garcia for his upcoming fight with Vusi Malinga.
“I have a strength and conditioning coach now, that is what I am doing different for this fight I am running different. Before I used to run long distance now I run sprints now and long distance. I feel the difference now, when I am sparring I have more stamina,” Santa Cruz told Fightnews.com.
Coming off nine consecutive knockout wins Santa Cruz is coming off a fourth round TKO over Alejandro Hernandez last January. His opponent Vusi Maligna will be fighting in the United States for the first time in his career coming off a majority decision win over Michael Domingo two years ago, back in October of 2010.
“This is a great opportunity to become a world champion. This will be the toughest fight of my career, I know Malinga will come well prepared, but I will win,” Santa Cruz said about his opponent.
For Santa Cruz he will be fighting a few miles from his hometown Lincoln Heights, California as he gets set to open a fun night of action on Showtime Championship Boxing from the Home Depot Center in Carson.
“I expect a home crowd behind me they will come and support me I will give it the best I can,” Santa Cruz told Fightnews.com.
“Four Warned” features former Light Heavyweight World Champion Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver (29-6, 20 KOs) facing unbeaten Lateef Kayode (18-0, 14 KOs) in a 12-round cruiserweight fight, former undisputed junior middleweight kingpin Winky Wright (51-5-1, 25 KOs) returning to the ring to meet undefeated Peter Quillin (26-0, 20 KOs) in a middleweight bout, Austin Trout (24-0, 14 KOs) risking his perfect record and WBA Super Welterweight belt against Delvin Rodriguez (26-5-3, 14 KOs) and IBF number one rated bantamweight contender Vusi Malinga (20-3, 12 KOs) facing IBF number five rated contender Leo Santa Cruz (19-0-1, 11 KOs) for the vacant IBF bantamweight title. All four bouts will be telecast on Saturday, June 2, live on SHOWTIME® (9:00 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. “Four Warned” is presented by A.T. Entertainment, Golden Boy Promotions and Gary Shaw Productions with Trout vs. Rodriguez being presented in association with Greg Cohen Promotions and Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing and Malinga vs. Santa Cruz being presented in association with Branco Sports Productions. The event is sponsored by Corona and AT&T.