Leo Santa Cruz and Abner Mares Win to Set Up Rematch
Published October 14, 2017
CARSON, CALIF - World Boxing Association (WBA) featherweight champion Abner Mares (30-2-1, 15 KOs) set the tone for the evening with a dominant victory over Andres Gutierrez (35-1-1, 25 KOs) of Mexico. Mares started very aggressively, landing combinations and power shots very effectively, opening a cut over the left eye of Gutierrez in the second round.
Mares continued to press the attack using angles and level changes round after round to stay in control leaving Gutierrez searching for answers.
Gutierrez continued to walk forward throughout the fight taking heavy punishment to his left eye which prompted referee Jack Reiss to step in and pause the action to have his eye examined by the ringside physician. The fight was stopped and they went to the scorecards.
Mares was awarded the unanimous decision victory in a fight he dominated from the start.
Mares landed an astonishing 35% of his punches through ten rounds and looked very impressive coming off a layoff.
After the fight Mares had this to say:
In the Main Event, World Boxing Association (WBA) super featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz (31-1-1, 18 KOs) faced off with challenger Chris Avalos (27-5, 20 KOs) in front of a pro Santa Cruz crowd at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
Santa Cruz and Avalos started fast with little feeling out as both men are familiar with one another. Santa Cruz in familiar fashion started the fight throwing a high volume of punches, landing precisely and scoring to his opponents head and body.
In the third round, both men started to sit down on their punches and trade in the center of the ring with Santa Cruz getting the better of the exchanges.
In the fourth round, Avalos took an amazing amount of punishment and remained on his feet as Santa Cruz landed several clean right hands and body shots hurting Avalos several times before the bell.
The middle rounds were much of the same as Santa Cruz continued to land punches in volume and Avalos trying to mount in between.
In round eight, Avalos continued to take punishment as Santa Cruz landed a seven-punch combination which prompted referee Thomas Taylor to stop the fight at 1:34 of the eighth round.
Leo Santa Cruz had this to say after the fight:
Both Mares and Santa Cruz delivered impressive performances and the stage is now set for the highly anticipated rematch.
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