Feature | Jan 09 2015

Leo Santa Cruz: ‘I want Abner Mares or Guillermo Rigondeaux after Jesus Ruiz’

Leo Santa Cruz speaks ahead of his January 17 fight with Jesus Ruiz
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Right now I am focused on this fight. I want to get this fight over with and get the win. We trained really hard to get this fight. Jesus Ruiz is a great fighter, a tough fighter. I think he has fought for a world title already. I know he always comes prepared to win and give a great show.

Ruiz has fought good fighters and shown that he has talent and determination. I don’t take him lightly or any other fighter. Sometimes the fighters they say are lazier are the ones that give you a tougher fight and a loss.

I feel bad for all the people talking, but if they were in my shoes they would understand. I want the Guillermo Rigondeaux fight, but the promoters have not come to an agreement. If it was up to me, I would fight him whenever. I am tired of people telling me that I am scared. I am looking for that fight as soon as possible, he is not invisible. I think I have a chance to beat him. I know he is a tough fighter, but that’s what we are here for, to fight the best.