Santa Cruz-Mares Must Reach Deal By Nov 6
The World Boxing Association have ordered their featherweight world champions Leo Santa Cruz and Abner Mares, to negotiate and reach a deal on or before November 6th.
Santa Cruz holds the WBA’s “super” title at the weight, while Mares is the “regular” champion at 126-pounds. The sanctioning body wants only one world champion in each of their division. Both boxers had been scheduled to fight on April 3.
Per Boxing Scene, WBA Rule C.13, states that a champion cannot fight with a boxer who is not a mandatory designated contender within 60 days of his mandatory defense expiration date. The Committee gave from April 3rd to May 3rd to negotiate this matter; however, on July 4 they still did not have an answer.
Following this issue, Santa Cruz and Mares requested special permits to make voluntary defenses on August 22nd. Their request was granted, and made way for their respective defenses against Chris Avalos and Andres Gutierrez, in a doubleheader televised on FOX.
Mares secured a technical decision win against Gutierrez, and Santa Cruz picked up a TKO victory over Avalos.
The WBA has granted both sides until November 6th to negotiate their bout. Santa Cruz and Mares are mandated to send details such as the date and location within the relevant timeframe. If they fail to do so, it would force the WBA to issue a call for purse bid.
In August of 2015 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, Santa Cruz won a twelve round majority decision over Mares in a fight that many fans wanted to see again, which spurred the push for a rematch.
Santa Cruz had two memorable bouts with Carl Frampton. He gained revenge over Frampton with a close points win in January, after losing a close decision to the Belfast fighter last year in Brooklyn, New York.