IBF bantamweight champion Leo Santa Cruz is gearing up for the challenge of compatriot Victor Zaleta as the US-based fighter makes the second defence of his title on November 10 in Los Angeles.
The 24 year-old, who picked up the belt in June by defeating Vusi Malinga, finishes off a busy year with the Staples Center outing and told WBN that his preparations have put him in top condition for the clash.
“To be a success in this business, you have to be happy in your work,” Santa Cruz told World Boxing News.
“Have you ever had a quality fighter tell you they hate to go to the gym? I haven’t. Maybe I’ve known guys who don’t look forward to daily workouts but they didn’t make it in our business. I’m a lucky guy. I love my job.
” I don’t want to give any secrets away but I can tell you that I’m working like I have to fight King Kong on a ladder. I’ll be ready for anything Zaleta has to deliver on November 10.”
Santa Cruz was rather more coy when asked about the possibility of defending his title against new mandatory challenger Jamie McDonnell and will only think about what’s next after Zaleta.
“He’s a good fighter, but I have to stay focused on November 10 and Zaleta,” he clarified.