Mares And Santa Cruz Rematch Set For The Spring
The highly anticipated rematch between Abner Mares and Leo Santa Cruz for the WBA featherweight title should be happening this spring, and according to the promoter of Ringstar sports they only need an open date from the Staples Center.
In an interview with ESPN Deportes, Richard Schaefer claims that the fight is set for April or May at the Los Angeles venue.
“We’re just hoping to get a date in the Staples Center for the spring, either in April or May.”
Both fighters have been ordered to face off because of the WBA’s initative to downsize the amount of 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 what was considered one of the best fights of the year.
In the first fight, also at the Staples Center, saw Santa Cruz walking away with a twelve round majority decision victory in what would be the second defeat in Mares career.
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.