By Robert Coster
Photos: Leopoldo Gonzalez Press
California bantamweight Leo Santa Cruz (15-0, 7 KOs) took a giant step in his young career, winning the WBC bantamweight Youth world title with an impressive six round demolition of WBC #10, WBA #7 contender Stephane Jamoye (20-3, 10 KOs) of Belgium in Xalapa, Veracruz, Mx. Both young boxers traded bombs furiously in the center of the ring from the get go with Santa Cruz generally getting the better of the exchanges. The end to the very exciting battle came abruptly when Santa Cruz surprised Jamoye with a short, lethal right hook to the body that left left the visitor prone of his back for the full count. A truly spectacular ending to an exciting shootout that kept the fans on the edge of their seats.
The co-main event saw promising Jose “Sugar” Salgado (24-1, 21 KOs) win the NABF super-flyweight title with a three round stoppage of veteran Everardo Morales (34-16-2, 24 KOs). The card, which drew a full house, was presented by Canelo Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions.