By David Martinez / dmboxing.com
It was a huge night of boxing on Saturday, January 28, 2017 with outstanding bouts featured on both Showtime and HBO.
On Showtime – from the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas – Leo Santa Cruz (33-1-1 / 18 by KO) avenged his only career loss to previously unbeaten Carl Frampton (23-1 / 14 by KO) by a twelve round majority decision to recapture the WBA featherweight championship.
Santa Cruz adjusted very well in the rematch by landing well at a distance with his excellent jab.
It was a great fight as expected with both fighters giving it their all in every round.
The judges had it 115-113, 115-113, and 114-114 with Santa Cruz being the winner … my scorecard was a bit wider 116-112, 8 rounds to 4 for Santa Cruz.
In the semi-main event of the evening, Mickey Garcia (36-0 / 30 by KO) knocked out Dejan Zlaticannin (22-1 / 15 by KO) in round three to win the WBC lightweight championship.
Garcia from the opening bell was the dominant fighter and in charge. A tremendous uppercut followed by a right hand knocked out Zlaticannin cold as referee Tony Weeks waved the end of the bout at 2:21 of the third round.