REPORT: Leo Santa Cruz, Abner Mares rematch close for September
Published: May 18, 2017
Leo Santa Cruz was victorious in their first matchup from 2015
By Danny Z | Senior Writer
LOS ANGELES - WBA super featherweight world champion, Leo Santa Cruz, is likely to have a second go-around with fellow Los Angeles native, Abner Mares.
ESPN Deportes was the first to report on the details, as both are likely to meet each other again on September 9, 2017. The details are still being ironed out in the contract, but both athletes have shown interest in the rematch and talks have been described as "advanced." No indication of a venue has been reported, however, the bout is highly likely to occur in Los Angeles since both fighters are from Southern California.
The WBA had ordered the rematch back in April, and based on the success of their first fight, a rematch was becoming more probable. Santa Cruz (31-1-1, 18 KOs) is currently the "super" champion for the WBA, while Mares is the "regular" champion. The 31-year-old Mares brought himself back into the thick of the division after defeating Jesus Cuellar back in December of 2016, and captured the WBA [regular] world title. Santa Cruz, who was born in Huetamo, Michoacán de Ocampo, Mexico, is coming off back-to-back bouts with Ireland's Carl Frampton -- who could end up fighting the winner sometime in the future.
The bout has a solid chance of happening at the Staples Center once again, as the schedule of events has not been released for the venue past September 3, as of this writing. The Forum, which is across town in Inglewood, California, has a scheduled event for this possible date which could eliminate it from contention. The Galen Center at the University of Southern California could also be a possibility as no event has been announced for this proposed date either.
(Feature photo: Craig Bennett)