Reigning and defending WBA Super World Featherweight Champion Leo Santa Cruz says that all he wants this Saturday night is for his father to attend what he calls a “50-50 fight”.
Santa Cruz’s father and trainer Jose, 56, was diagnosed with stage three bone cancer of the spine earlier this year.
Speaking in the ring after he won his first World Title four years ago, Santa Cruz hoisted his new belt over his father’s shoulder and said: “It means the world. This is what I’ve been training for since I was eight years old. It was always my dream, and it was always my dad’s dream.”
Four years later, Jose Santa Cruz has a different fight to occupy his mind.
“It was very scary. I was always trying to be tough like my Dad showed us. When we heard the news, we were crying. We didn’t know what was going to happen,” said Leo.
“Frampton is one of my toughest opponents. He’s undefeated like I am. Great skills. Great power. This is going to be a 50-50 fight,” said Santa Cruz, turning his attention Saturday’s big World Title fight.
“The only thing I care about is if my Dad is there. Doctors are saying that he’s going to be able to go, but anything can happen. Hope to God he is going to be there.”
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