For the second time in two meetings, Leo Santa Cruz was declared the winner vs. Abner Mares.
Saturday night, Santa Cruz scored a decision victory in defense of his WBA 126-pound title in the main event from Los Angeles and the Staples Center. Three years ago, Santa Cruz won via majority decision.
“It was a great fight,” Santa Cruz said (thanks to CBS Sports for the quotes). “It wasn’t as good as the first one, but I had to be smarter. (Mares) did a great fight.”
Santa Cruz is now 14-1 in title fights since 2012, as he’s also held the belt at 118 and 122 pounds. Overall, he is 35-1-1 in his career and expected to meet WBC champion Gary Russell Jr.
“I’m gonna leave it to the fans,” he said. “If they say I’m the best, I thank God they say it. I want Gary Russell. I’m not scared of nobody. Whoever it is, let’s go.”
Mares fell to 31-3-1, adding “I fought hard, I fought my heart out.”
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