Angulo and Leo Santa Cruz talk about their fights on Mayweather-Maidana 2 card
Leo Santa Cruz
“I’m excited and I’m hungry. It’s been like five months since I’ve been in the ring. I’m just ready to go out there and do what I do and give the fans a great fight.”
On facing his next opponent, former sparring partner Manuel Roman:
“We used to spar a lot and he has good technique, but not a lot of people know him. He’s a good friend, but this is business. Once we’re up there we have go out there and give it our best.”
What are some of the things that you feel you need to improve on as a fighter?
“Everything. There are a lot of things we have to improve on. We’re trying to get different experiences, like fighting with people who move a lot. Every time we’re in the gym there are little things we need to learn. As my father says, ‘You never stop learning.’ I’ve learned a little from every fight.”
Do you plan to fight at 126 pounds next?
“Maybe I’ll do one or two more fights at 122, then go up to 126.”
Who is the one guy you want to fight?
“Guillermo (Rigondeaux). He’s the one who’s been calling me out saying that I’m scared. I want to prove that I’m not scared. I know it’s a hard fight for me, but we don’t care. I want to give the fans what they want. I want to please them and if they’re happy, I’m happy.”
“I’m happy fighting at 160 (middleweight). It’s a lot better than 154. I wasn’t having trouble making weight, I just feel better at 160. I’m ready to take over the division at 160.”
What do you think about your power at 160 pounds?
“You’ll see on Sept. 13.”
What do you think about facing James De La Rosa?
“I honestly don’t focus on my opponent. I focus on the work I have to do. Virgil (trainer Virgil Hunter) grades them and tells me what I need to do.”
Who do you want to fight at 160?
“I don’t even know who the fighters are at 160. Honestly, I don’t focus on the names. I don’t even know the names at 154. What is most important to me is the fans. Whoever they put in front of me is fine.”
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