2012-12-15 Leo Santa Cruz w pts 12 Alberto Guevara, Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California, USA - IBF

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2012-12-15 Leo Santa Cruz w pts 12 Alberto Guevara, Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California, USA - IBF. Referee: Wayne Hedgepeth. Scorecards: 116-112, 118-110, 119-109.

In early February 2013, the IBF announced that Jamie McDonnell, who had beaten Darwin Zamora (w rtd 8 at the Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield, England on 20 October) in a final eliminator, would be meeting the unbeaten Julio Ceja for the vacant title after Santa Cruz handed in his belt to campaign at 122lbs.