POTENTIAL future Carl Frampton foeLeo Santa Cruz will make his fourth defence of his WBC super bantamweight title against Jesus Ruiz on January 17.
The Golden Boy fighter, who defends at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in a co-feature on a tripleheader headlined by heavyweight titleholder Bermane Stiverne making his first defense against mandatory challenger Deontay Wilder, has been stating he wants to unify the division.
He has name dropped one of two Irish World champions Carl Frampton as well as Scott Quigg and even Gullerimo Rigondeaux, but faces a second low-level opponent in a row late this month.
“I feel great about my upcoming fight with Ruiz. He is a strong fighter, undefeated in the past two years and the kind of opponent I want to fight,” Santa Cruz said. “I want to put on a great show on Jan. 17 and show boxing fans that I am a strong fighter ready to go to the next level and take on the top, tough fighters in the division: [unified champion] Guillermo Rigondeaux, [titleholder] Scott Quigg, [titleholder] Carl Frampton and [former titleholder] Abner Mares.”