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.
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.