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Leo Santa Cruz and Abner Mares shake off the ring rust on Oct 14

LOS ANGELES – Leo Santa Cruz (33-1-1, 18 KOs) looks to defend his 126lb title in Carson, California on October 14th against former title challenger, Chris Avalos (27-5, 20 KOs) with Featherweight World Champion, Abner Mares (30-2-1, 15 KOs) also featuring on the card against Mexico’s Andres Gutierrez (35-1-1, 25 KOs). A mandatory rematch was expected between Santa Cruz and Mares this fall, so the decision to fight separately on the same card came as a baffling development. Abner Mares had begun preparation for the Santa Cruz fight and admits feeling irritated that the plans changed but sees the silver lining in having more time to tune up for the Santa Cruz bout and that the focus is solely on his October 14 match up: