Leo Santa Cruz set to fight Kiko Martinez on February 27

21/01/2016 08:34

WBA featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz (31-0-1, 17 KOs) will fight former world champion Kiko Martinez (35-6, 26 KOs) on February 27 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.

The Mexican-born Santa Cruz, who now resides in California, had previously won world titles at bantamweight and super bantamweight before claiming the vacant WBA belt by majority decision against former three-division world champion Abner Mares in an action-packed fight last August and will defend it for the first time against Martinez.

 "I'm excited to have another opportunity to fight in front of my L.A. friends," said Santa Cruz. "I've been in the gym and staying ready for anyone that's put in front of me. I'm going to be 100 percent ready for this fight, and I plan to go out there and look great."

Former IBF super bantamweight champion Martinez, of Spain, has won three fights in a row since he was knocked out in two rounds by WBA super bantamweight champion Scott Quigg last July. But they all came against low-level opposition and he will be a huge underdog against Santa Cruz.

“I’m thrilled for the opportunity to face off against Leo Santa Cruz on February 27,” said Martinez. “Santa Cruz is clearly one of the very best featherweights in the world but I have what it takes. I’ve already begun working very hard with my longtime trainer Gaby Sarmiento and I will be victorious.”