Abner Mares dominates Jesus Cuellar to win WBA title
By Joseph Correa
December 10, 2016
LOS ANGELES - Former three division champion Abner Mares (29-2-1, 15 KOs) took on the hard hitting Argentinian featherweight champion Jesus Cuellar (28-1, 21 KOs) in the main event of a championship doubleheader which at proved to be a spectacular fight card.
From the opening bell, both men looked to establish themselves and came out swinging. Cuellar looked to start fast and impose his strength on Mares. Mares had different plans using movement and a great gameplan to frustrate Cuellar and control the fight.
Mares landed hard left hooks and combinations that kept Cuellar off balance and unable to mount an efficient attack. Cuellar landed some good body shots in the fight that had Mares backing up but he was never able to stay in range and was clearly being outworked by his opponent in exchanges, missing and started to grow frustrated as a result.
Mares continued outworking Cuellar throughout the fight and in the eleventh round landed a counter right hand which dropped the champion who was able to return to his feet. Mares pressed forward and landed a barrage of punches against the ropes which looked to almost stop Cuellar and certainly punctuated the round for Mares.
The scores rendered a split decision 117-100 (Mares), 115-112 (Cuellar), and 116-111 for Abner Mares who captured his fourth world title in a fight that showed he not only belonged in the conversation as a top-tier featherweight and a threat to the other champions in the division.
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