Feature | Aug 28 2015

Leo Santa Cruz aims to repay brother Antonio’s sacrifice

Santa Cruz's brother sacrificed so Leo could have a career, Mike Coppinger writes.
Leo Santa Cruz
Leo Santa Cruz by Suzanne Teresa

Like many Mexican immigrant families living in Los Angeles, the Santa Cruzes had little money.

So poor they often ate canned soup for dinner, the family didn’t even have furniture in the living room of their home in the Lincoln Heights neighborhood of L.A.

Leo’s father, Jose, wasn’t able to provide by himself, so older brother Antonio did the only thing he could: he gave up his budding professional boxing career as a super flyweight and went to work.