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Santa Cruz vs. Mares II Just Waiting on Venue Date, Says Schaefer

By Miguel Rivera

According to promoter Richard Schaefer of Ringstar Sports, he is simply looking for a date at the Staples Center in Los Angeles to finalize the rematch between WBA featherweight world champions Abner Mares and Leo Santa Cruz, which should happen between April or May.

"We're just hoping to get a date in the Staples Center for the spring, either in April or May," said Schaefer to ESPN Deportes.

The two boxers were ordered to fight each other, because the World Boxing Association is motivated to downsize the number of WBA champions in each weight class. Mares is the WBA's "reagular" champion at the weight, while Santa Cruz is the "super" champion at 126-pounds. And Jesus Rojas of Puerto Rico is the WBA's interim champion, also at 126-pounds.

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The Mexicans rivals have already collided back in 2015, in of the better fights that year - also at the Staples Center.

On that occasion, Santa Cruz walked away with a twelve round majority decision victory to hand Mares his second defeat as a professional after being knocked out by Jhonny Gonzalez two years earlier.

There was supposed to be a rematch between the two boxers in 2017 and they even had an agreement to make the fight in the second half of the year, but the fight name took place. Sanat Cruz's father wanted his son to take an interim-fight, after winning a close decision in a rematch with Carl Frampton in January.

The two boxers took part in a doubleheader in the fall, with Santa Cruz stopping Chris Avalos and Mares defeating Andres Gutierrez.

Schaefer also revealed some updates regarding his Olympians. Misael Rodriguez, Lindolfo Delgado and Karlos Balkderas are on the agenda for the month of February. On the one hand, Misael and Lindolfo would fight on February 17 in Mexico, possibly on the back of a card featuring Miguel 'Mickey' Román, while Balderas would join the card on February 10 in San Antonio where junior welterweights Sergey Lipinets and Mikey Garcia will battle for the super lightweight belt of the International Boxing Federation.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Shadoww702 on 01-06-2018

[QUOTE=FrankieClutch;18387134]That was a ridiculously close fight the first time- the slightest adjustment could've (and did) help Frampton get a W. That warranted a rematch. Mares will need to make a million adjustments. Clearly, you want the fight. And you'll get…

Comment by FrankieClutch on 01-06-2018

[QUOTE=Shadoww702;18384563]Same fighter does not always win in rematches. If that was the case Frampton would still be Champion.[/QUOTE] That was a ridiculously close fight the first time- the slightest adjustment could've (and did) help Frampton get a W. That warranted…

Comment by Shadoww702 on 01-06-2018

[QUOTE=Johnston;18386503]Has nothing to do with loses. I just don't think he's elite , I can see a lot of guys who can beat him. Just my opinion, we're all untitled to have one[/QUOTE] Can't argue there! Hell I though Saunders…

Comment by Johnston on 01-06-2018

[QUOTE=Shadoww702;18384565]Why??? Because he has one loss??? MANY fighters have loses. Doesn't make them all the sudden crappy boxers.[/QUOTE] Has nothing to do with loses. I just don't think he's elite , I can see a lot of guys who can…

Comment by Santa_ on 01-05-2018

[QUOTE=Shadoww702;18385298]You and I both. Now hes got a real trainer. I was impressed how good he looks with Garcia. His foot work, combos, practically everything looks better.[/QUOTE] The combos were flowing nice his last time out. Robert Garcia will have…

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