Does Leo Santa Cruz deserve to be in the hall of fame?

Discussion in 'World Boxing Forum' started by Boxingiq2020, Jun 4, 2023.

Does Leo Santa Cruz deserve to be in the hall of fame?

Poll closed Jul 5, 2023.
  1. YES

  2. NO

  1. Boxingiq2020

    Boxingiq2020 Member Full Member

    Aug 1, 2022
    What do you guys think?
  2. Fogger

    Fogger Father, grandfather and big sports fan. Full Member

    Aug 9, 2021
    As much as I like Leo, I don't think so. He has the achievements but not the quality wins to be a Hall of Famer. This is not to say he hasn't beaten some good guys. Frampton, Morel and Mares twice speak to his abilities but I think he just misses being a borderline Hall of Famer.

    The above view is an "in a bubble" response, meaning the answer is based strictly on Santa Cruz' career. The big picture is that he is definitely better than some guys who are in the Hall so, at some point, Leo with probably making a trip to Canastota for an induction ceremony.
    Last edited: Jun 4, 2023
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  3. deyell

    deyell MOLECULE FROM HELL. Full Member

    Aug 10, 2015
    hell no
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  4. IsaL

    IsaL VIP Member Full Member

    Oct 7, 2006
    As talented as he is, I think no. He wasted a lot of time. He had opportunities to fight better opponents, and the skills to beat him, but I think like many PBC fighters at that time, he was being over paid and lost his hunger.
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  5. MVC!

    MVC! The Best Ever Full Member

    Nov 5, 2013
    No, not even close.
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  6. GGGfans

    GGGfans Active Member Full Member

    Dec 27, 2017
    - 16-2 in world title fights
    - World champion in 4 weight classes
    - Defeated Mares twice, Frampton (loss to him is questionable) and Martinez.
    - His only real defeat is against Davis who was naturally much heavier.

    Clearly yes.
  7. panchman69

    panchman69 Well-Known Member Full Member

    Sep 10, 2012
    youre kidding, right?
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  8. DoubleG95Fanatic

    DoubleG95Fanatic Well-Known Member Full Member

    Oct 25, 2021
    4 weight world champion…..
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  9. Hanz Cholo

    Hanz Cholo Boxing Addict Full Member

    Jul 11, 2012
    Hall of fame KO on Tank’s KO reel you say?
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  10. mono

    mono Well-Known Member Full Member

    May 31, 2013
    Tough question. I’m not sure what the requirements are for getting in but if it’s based off his peers at the time, I say yes. 4 weight champ, no gift decisions that I can think of, has a couple of good, prime fighters under his belt, and a bunch of other notable names, albeit past prime, but still good fights.

    If I remember correctly, if you’re nominated for the hof and don’t make it in, you’re kind of in limbo and still have the possibility to get in the next time. What are some fighter’s that are eligible and waiting to get in right now that deserve it more than Leo? Anyone care to go through that list?
  11. vast

    vast Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Nov 27, 2010
    No. He doesn’t impress and is very one dimensional.
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  12. Dangerwood84

    Dangerwood84 Boxing Addict Full Member

    Sep 21, 2017
    No, he was a cherry picker.
  13. sasto

    sasto Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Aug 5, 2020
    At the time the Mares fights felt like they could be iconic wins, but then Mares effectively retired. Frampton did get one very good win after but didn't do too much. Kiko has put some work in to improve LSC's legacy but I don't see it being enough to make the HoF.

    At 118 and 122 he was so exciting to watch though, I won't be too mad when they vote him in.
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  14. Ghetto_Wizard

    Ghetto_Wizard New Member Full Member

    Dec 17, 2022
    A win over a prime Gary Russell Jr. would've done it.
  15. drenlou

    drenlou You Wanna Get Nutts, Cmon, Lets get Nutts! Full Member

    Jan 22, 2015
    He's borderline imo. He won titles in 4 weight divisions and fought some pretty good fighters along the way so I'd say hed definitely be in consideration once he calls it a day.