As an amateur, Steve Cruz won the 1979 National Junior Olympic Gold Medal at 112 pounds and the 1981 National Golden Gloves title at 119 pounds. He was also a three-time Fort Worth Golden Gloves champion and a two-time Star-Telegram Texas Golden Gloves champion.
World Championship Reign
Defeated Barry McGuigan in Ring Magazine's 1986 Fight of the Year via a 15-round decision to capture the WBA featherweight title on June 23, 1986. He lost his title in his first defense on a 12th round TKO to Antonio Esparragoza on March 6, 1987.
- WBC Continental Americas Featherweight Champion (1988)
Other World Title Challenges
- IBF featherweight title (August 6, 1989) vs. Jorge Paez (L UD 12)
- WBC featherweight title (April 25, 1992) vs. Paul Hodkinson (L TKO 3)
| WBA Featherweight Champion
1986 Jun 23 – 1987 Mar 6