Santa Cruz: My Mindset is To Knock Abner Mares Out

By Carlos Boogs

Leo "El Terremoto" Santa Cruz (30-0-1, 17 KOs) will be looking to close the show when he finally faces his Los Angeles rival Abner Mares (29-1-1, 15 KOs) on Saturday, August 29th in the  Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN main event from the Staples Center in LA.

The fight has been building for a very long time. Mares' stunning knockout loss to Jhonny Gonzalez in 2013 pushed the fight back. Mares has won his last three and hopes to get a win over Santa Cruz to regain some of the footing he lost with the Gonzalez loss.

Santa Cruz has other ideas. He's been looking forward to this fight for a long time and a victory on the scorecards is not enough for him. He wants to knock Mares out inside the distance.

"My mindset is to look spectacular, to go in there and stop him. I want to go out there, leave everything in the ring and look spectacular. If we get the victory, I'll be happy with that but I want to look better than [just getting a win]. [When I think about how the fight will play out], we're standing toe to toe, banging each other's bodies. I see myself on top of him, working the body and I see myself stopping him in the late rounds," Santa Cruz told

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by SniXSniPe on 08-09-2015

Santa Cruz better have been taking steroids if he wants to back up his talk. His feather fists would make Paulie seem like a KO-artist.

Comment by JaguaresMx on 08-09-2015

before johnny crushed Abner, I would have taken him no questions asked i love how he overwhelmed Moreno and outslugged DPL. His confidence was sky high. He took on the best fights possible and probably went up to a class…

Comment by G G G on 08-09-2015

WAR LEO!!!!! You can do it!! :boxing:

Comment by -MAKAVELLI- on 08-09-2015

all those half dead tomato cans that Haymon has been feeding Leo, this LEGIT step up in competition will be his reality check similar to Russel looking like a doofus when they put him in with someone that knew what…

Comment by BTL on 08-09-2015

mares wont be the same after this fight

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