By Karl Freitag
With the loss of Rocky Martinez against Mikey Garcia, the boxing hotbed of Puerto Rico currently has no reigning world boxing champions. Super bantamweight contender Cesar Seda (25-1, 17 KOs) hopes to remedy that situation on December 14 when he challenges WBC champion Leo Santa Cruz (25-0-1, 15 KOs) on the Broner-Maidana undercard at the Alamodome in San Antonio Texas. “Right now in Puerto Rico there’s not too many champions and I want to prove we have the talent and we can compete and be champions, so I have hunger and I can’t wait for December 14,” Seda said during a conference call Monday.
The 27-year-old southpaw previously had an unsuccessful title shot against WBO super flyweight champion Omar Narvaez in April 2011 and feels he leaned a lot in that fight.
“You’ve got to understand he had a great deal of experience,” stated Seda in regard to the crafty Narvaez. “He was an Olympian. During the fight we were winning. We were comfortably ahead and then they started deducting points, calling low blows and that frustrated me a little bit and made me look for just one punch, but we learned a lot from that and gained a lot of experience and that will show come the 14th.
Seda then campaigned at bantamweight before following Santa Cruz up to the super bantamweight division.
“I feel a lot stronger at 122 and I’m going to prove it the night of the fight,” said Seda. “I’ve never fought anybody who throws so many punches, but I’ve fought guys that are very strong and aggressive and punchers. I want to prove that I have the talent and the power to beat Leo Santa Cruz and compete in this division. It’s the most important fight of my life!”