Santa Cruz Vs. Abner Mares
Santa Cruz Vs. Abner Mares fight preview.
It has taken close to three years for a rematch between Santa Cruz and Abner Mares to happen,but it will finally be going down Saturday night in Los Angeles.
The super featherweights first battled in 2015 for the vacant WBA super featherweight title. Although Cruz won via a majority decision, the general feeling was that a rematch could clear doubts. Mares said that he knew it would be only a matter of time.
“I knew it would eventually happen.” He told Sporting News. His fight against Cruz back in 2015 was hailed by many observers as the Fight Of The Year. Looking back at the Mares believes he could have fought a better fight.
“Going back and looking at it and seeing I could have done things differently. I should have boxed a whole different way. It brings anxiety and frustration. No doubt it was still a competitive fight.”
Since receiving the beating from Cruz in 2015, Mares has only fought twice. He beat Jesus Cuellar and Andres Gutierrez.
Cruz and Mares are men of close boxing capabilities. They are both champions in their own rights and ambitious to the top.
Cruz is a multiple-time world champion who has won titles across three weight classes. He held the WBA (Super) featherweight title since 2017 and was the IBF bantamweight king from 2012 to 2013.
Other accolades include the WBC super bantamweight title from 2013 to 2015 and the WBA (Super) featherweight title in his first reign from 2015 to 2016.
Transitional Boxing ranks Cruz the sixth-best active boxer pound for pound, while The Ring Magazine acknowledges him as the world’s best active featherweight boxer.
He enrolled in professional boxing at the age of 18, and he has grown, and the 29-year-old still holds a lot of potentials. His record stands at 34-1-1.
His challenger this Saturday, Mares, holds dual citizenship with America and Mexico. He has clenched onto the WBA (Regular)featherweight title since 2016. Cruz held the IBF bantamweight title between 2011 and 2012.
He also carried the WBC super bantamweight title between 2012 and 2013, as well as the IBO bantamweight title from 2010 to 2011. Mares was also a significantly decorated boxer in his amateur years winning numerous medals for Mexico. Mares, 32, has a 31-2-1 record.
The fight coming up this Saturday is long overdue. Mares says that he has what it takes to thrash Cruz.
“I’m not even worried about the politics,” he said. “As long as I fight the fight I want, I don’t see myself losing, but if I were to lose even though I did what I wanted to do, I’ll go home happy because I tried, and I didn’t do that the first fight.”
Santa Cruz has, on the other hand, acknowledged that Mares has improved in good shape. He said;
“He looks good. He fights differently… We like that because he’s going to come in his best and we’re going to give a better fight.”
True enough, the fight has taken quite some time to materialize. Nonetheless, the chicken will come home to roost on Saturday.