Santa Cruz's Father Wants Interim-Bout Before Mares Rematch

By Miguel Rivera

In theory, everything was ready to go for the fall rematch between Leo Santa Cruz and Abner Mares. The fight was being lined up for September 9 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, and both sides were just waiting for promoter Richard Schaefer to give the go-ahead and make the announcement official.

However, plans could change.

Leo's father and head trainer, Jose Santa Cruz, has indicated that he will ask manager Al Haymon for interim-fight for his son, before the rematch with Mares takes place. Haymon also manages Mares.

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Santa Cruz won a twelve round decision over Mares in a very exciting fight in August 2015.

The World Boxing Association has ordered them to fight again to establish a single featherweight world champion in their organization, as Santa Cruz is the WBA's "super" champion and Mares holds the WBA "regular" title at 126.

"I think we're going to have a fight with someone else beforehand, and if we win, then yes we'll fight with Mares," Jose Santa Cruz told ESPN Deportes.

"The truth is we do not know who the opponent is right now, it will probably be the same date of September 9, but we hope to talk to Haymon today and he will tell us. The problem is that Leo has gone four months without doing anything, and we want him to first have a fight, and if we win then we'll go with Mares. Leo has already returned to the gym and is training very hard."

Santa Cruz (33-1, 18 KOs) was in action back in January, when he got a measure of revenge with a close twelve round decision win over Carl Frampton to capture the WBA belt at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Last year in Brooklyn, Frampton won a close decision over Santa Cruz.

Mares (30-2-1, 15 KOs) has been out of the ring since winning his version of the WBA title with a victory over Jesus Cuellar last December.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by mlac on 06-25-2017

As soon as leo has a couple of tough fights. guess what? give me another easy fight pls, in a pointless rematch that i won practically every round in.... now he wants an even easier fight before. LMAO pathetic, maybe…

Comment by Pigeons on 06-25-2017

The first fight was exciting so I'd watch the rematch but it is not the kind of fight that needs tuneups for either man.

Comment by BigStomps on 06-25-2017

[QUOTE=PRchamp;17798593]So your asking for a tune up fight before scheduling a rematch against a highly inactive Abner Mares?? Do us all a favor with this hell of a year of mega fights in 2017, we don't need to waste time.…

Comment by Boxing Logic on 06-25-2017

These fights are all boring and meaningless until these guys mix with Russell, Valdez, JoJo Diaz, etc to actually establish the level they are at in the division. If they can prove they are on that level, then their fights…

Comment by BigZ44 on 06-25-2017

I guess they could have both guys make separate defense on the same card?

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