SANTA CRUZ PLANS TO KO MUNOZ ON SATURDAY
By Rob Soucy in Las Vegas
Boxingtalk.com caught up with Leo Santa Cruz after his open workout at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Santa Cruz vacated the IBF 118-pound title and this Saturday, on the Floyd Mayweather-Robert Guerrero pay-per-view show, he will make his debut in the 122-pound category against Alexander Munoz, a former 115-pound champion.
BT: What do you know about your Alexander Munoz??
Leo Santa Cruz: He comes forward and fights hard. He is a pretty good all-around fighter.
BT: You are quickly becoming must-see TV for boxing fans, do you realize how entertaining your style is?
LSC: Yeah and to hear you guys say it means a lot. It gives me more motivation to train in the gym harder. If I don't train hard in the gym, I won't be able to do the same thing and fight the same way. I always want to give you guys a good show so you will keep on liking me.
BT: Your high work rate is impressive. Is that what we will see on Saturday night?
LSC: Yes. I plan to break Munoz down by outworking him. He is a little older and slower so I think I have an advantage in speed. I think I will be able to see everything coming and won't let him catch me with a big punch. I think I will finish him.
BT: You seem to speak genuinely.....
LSC (cutting in): Yes, I try my best and what I say comes from my heart. If it wasn't for the people, I don't think I would be in the position I'm in today. The fans give me the motivation I have so thank you to the fans and thank you as well.
BT: You mentioned that you plan to stop Alexander Munoz on Saturday.
LSC: Yes I plan to stop him. I am going to go to the body because he looks a little soft and I don't think he can take it there. My best punch is the (left) hook to the body. I think his body is weak.
BT: Do you plan to stay at 122 pounds?
LSC: One or two more fights at 122 and then I want to move up to 126 pounds for bigger fights. Abner Mares [who just moved up to featherweight] is one of the best fighters in the world and I look forward to fighting him in the future.