Mares And Santa Cruz Promise A War In June 9th Rematch
In preparation for their June 9th rematch inside the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Abner Mares and Leo Santa Cruz spoke to the press on Tuesday.
Santa Cruz and Mares first squared off three years ago at STAPLES Center with Santa Cruz taking the victory via majority decision and a vacant featherweight title. Now, Santa Cruz puts his WBA Super World Featherweight Title up against the WBA Regular Featherweight World Champion Mares.
“It was a really close fight the first time. Before the fight, I told him I would give him the rematch, just like I would have wanted if I lost,” said Santa Cruz.
“I know he’s going to seek revenge, but I’m not going to let that happen. My dad (his trainer, Jose) is a smart man too and he always knows how to send me to the ring with the right style.
Santa Cruz is looking to exceed the level of competition the two set in their first encounter, and that a war was coming to Los Angeles.
“When two Mexicans get in there, you know it’s going to be a war. I hope everyone comes out June 9 because it’s going to be a fight to remember.”
Mares told reporters that the decision is not from the first fight, and that ” I think he landed the clearer punches but it was definitely a close fight… I’ve moved on to the rematch. I’m going to make adjustments and get the win.”
“I can talk about how I’ve changed, but you just need to look at my last two performances. People thought Jesus Cuellar was going to knock me out, but I was the one who dropped him That lets you know what type of team I have and what kind of Abner Mares you will see on June 9.”