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Mares Confident He'll Make Right Adjustments To Beat Santa Cruz

By Miguel Rivera

On June 9th at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Abner Mares will get the opportunity for revenge, when he battles WBA featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz (34-1-1, 19 KOs) in a rematch.

Back at the same venue in 2015, Mares (31-2-1, 15 KOs) lost a close majority decision to Santa Cruz.

In the co-featured attraction on Showtime, WBC junior middleweight champion Jermell Charlo (30-0, 15 KOs) will defend his world title against former champ Austin Trout.

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The last time Mares was in the ring, was last October when he stopped Andres Gutierrez in a stay-busy fight.

Mares is now under the wing of veteran trainer Robert Garcia and he believes that he's a much different fighter from the one who lost to Santa Cruz.

"I've changed a lot, both personally and in sports. I've evolved a lot, I've grown up as a boxer under Robert Garcia. I'm already going on two years with him where I've done two fights and I think training with him has given results," Mares told The Informer. 

"I think that although I fought the wrong fight, we still had a close fight three years ago. Imagine if I make the adjustments ... I think the fight would be in my favor and easier, so we will make two or three changes in the strategy: more movement, a little more angles, things like that, but at the end of the day I think the trainer is the one who carries that role, I am the student. It is a matter of paying attention to my corner and we will come out with our hands up.

"I'm not going to lie to you: I have not sat down to watch the entire fight. Mentally I remember the mistakes I made and the adjustments I have to make. The fight in which he lost against Frampton... I saw a little, but I also remember that he had a rematch and came back to win. We have boxing on our side."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by MONGOOSE66 on 05-28-2018

[QUOTE=Raggamuffin;18812433]No. I watch good fights.[/QUOTE] Thats obvious.

Comment by BigZ44 on 05-28-2018

I'm more excited for this fight than most, I think. First fight was clear but competitive and the crowd was fantastic, hoping for something similar this time around and wondering how much these guys have changed since the 1st fight

Comment by Raggamuffin on 05-28-2018

[QUOTE=MONGOOSE66;18812044]True boxing fans?? I guess your easily impressed[/QUOTE]No. I watch good fights.

Comment by MONGOOSE66 on 05-28-2018

[QUOTE=Raggamuffin;18811699]True boxing fans also know that they don't have to be.[/QUOTE] True boxing fans?? I guess your easily impressed

Comment by SkillspayBills on 05-28-2018

Long as the winner faces GRJ. Tired of the same three guys facing one another in this damn division.

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