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Mares vs. Santa Cruz Deal Reached For August 29th

By Carlos Boogs

Sources with knowledge of the negotiations have advised that a deal was finalized for the overdue battle between Southern California rivals Abner Mares (29-1-1 and 15 knockouts) and Leo Santa Cruz (30-0-1 and 17 knockouts).

The fight has been set for August 29th at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Premier Boxing Champions will showcase the fight on either ESPN or NBC.

The fight has been talked about for several years and was close to getting made when both fighters were under Golden Boy Promotions in 2013. But then Mares, a former three division world champion, suffered an unexpected first round knockout loss to Jhonny Gonzalez. Mares has won three in a row since.

Discussions went cold for a while - until Mares parted ways with longtime manager Frank Espinoza and signed on with adviser Al Haymon, who also works with Santa Cruz.

Santa Cruz moved up to the featherweight division earlier this year. This would already be the third fight of 2015 for the always active Santa Cruz. Mares has only been in action once so far in the last six months.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by BOXEO _ on 07-05-2015

Santa Cruz wins comfortably if Mares fights the way he's been fighting since the KO loss.

Comment by Aztekkas on 07-05-2015

Mares should win this scrap but he will have to dig deep if he decides to go toe to toe against a machine like Santa Cruz. I'm hyped for this fight :sombrero:

Comment by BrometheusBob. on 07-05-2015

[QUOTE=Mitchell Kane;15842526]Sources with knowledge of the negotiations have advised that a deal was finalized for the overdue battle between Southern California rivals Abner Mares (29-1-1 and 15 knockouts) and Leo Santa Cruz (30-0-1 and 17 knockouts). The fight has…

Comment by aldo5408 on 07-05-2015

[QUOTE=Santa_;15845121][B][SIZE="3"]DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAMN!!!! HELL YEAH!!!![/SIZE][/B] :boxing: Oh man Santa Cruz is going to destroy Abner Mares! Santa Cruz finally has a fight he can get up for. And he'll finally have a full training camp for the first time in 4 fights.…

Comment by Hougigo on 07-05-2015

Silver belt... so GRJ mando Se confirma que Mares vs Santa Cruz va ser en Pluma y por el cinturón Diamante CMB. Por lo que el ganador debería enfrentar a Russell Jr.— Boxeo de Campeones (@BoxeoDCampeones)…

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