Santa Cruz stoked by network stage

Exciting but little-known bantamweight titleholder to headline network TV fight

Updated: December 13, 2012, 3:46 AM ET
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

Only the most hardcore boxing fans know about bantamweight titleholder Leo Santa Cruz, but, ideally, many more will know him by the end of his fight on Saturday.

Santa Cruz, a tremendously crowd-pleasing fighter, was selected by Golden Boy Promotions to headline the return of boxing to CBS, which hasn't aired a live fight in more than 15 years -- not since then-middleweight champion Bernard Hopkins stopped Glen Johnson in the 11th round in July 1997.

That was when Santa ...

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