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Leo Santa Cruz Graduates To First Class

In one of the most entertaining fights of the year, undefeated Mexican star Leo Santa Cruz eked out a victory over a game Abner Mares last Saturday night. This fight delivered immediate gratification for the more than 13,000 fans in attendance at the Staples Center and the largest viewing audience on ESPN since February 1998! Mares flew out of his corner from the opening bell like...
Via The Sports Fan Journal
September 02, 2015  |  Discuss

ESPN gets big ratings for Santa Cruz vs. Mares

The third edition of Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN headlined by Leo Santa Cruz vs. Abner Mares on Saturday, Aug. 29, delivered the largest boxing audience on ESPN since February 1998. Santa Cruz scored majority decision win over Abner Mares, in an action-packed bout in which over 2,000 combined punches were thrown. The Santa Cruz vs. Mares ratings are ESPN’s highest since a...
Via Pro Boxing Fans
September 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Santa Cruz Wears Down Mares, Wins Majority Decision

LOS ANGELES — In front of a lively Staples Center crowd, Leo Santa Cruz obtained L.A. bragging rights by defeating rival Abner Mares by majority decision (117-111 twice, 114-114). Both fighters engaged from the opening bell with vicious phonebooth exchanges. Mares mixed in counter-punching and movement with his attacks to gain an advantage. However, the tide shifted by the fifth...
Via BadCulture
August 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Leo Santa Cruz tops Abner Mares in slugfest

    Nonstop action. A toe-to-toe deathmatch. Two relentless brawlers spilling each other’s blood inside of the ring. These were some of the selling points promised to us ahead of Saturday night’s Premier Boxing Champions showdown between Abner Mares and Leo Santa Cruz, a couple of the sport’s most highly touted up-and-coming offensive fighters. And boy, did we get our...
Via Larry Brown Sports
August 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Script Flipped: Leo Santa Cruz Outboxes Abner Mares

Abner Mares wanted to be volume-punching Leo Santa Cruz Saturday night on ESPN. Leo Santa Cruz was ready to be boxer-puncher Abner Mares if he needed to be. Santa Cruz did a better job of being himself and enough of being Mares to take the decision, winning a majority decision in a good, not great, fight. Mares came out so aggressive — so aggressive as to win the 1st round of the...
Via The Queensbury Rules
August 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Perfect Timing? With Both Fighters Struggling, Santa Cruz Vs Mares Could Be WWIII

There was a time, and it wasn’t that long ago, where the boxing world would have went bonkers over a fight between Leo Santa Cruz and Abner Mares. But, like countless fights through the years, this thing never came to fruition when both fighters were ripe. So when Santa Cruz and Mares go to battle Saturday night, on an ESPN broadcast of Al Haymon’s “Premier Boxing Champions...
Via The Queensbury Rules
August 27, 2015  |  Discuss

The Week’s Boxing Schedule, Featuring Leo Santa Cruz, Abner Mares And Shane Mosley

It’s official, as summer turns into falls (as you Americans would say), boxing’s off season is coming to an end. And season openers don’t get much better than Leo Santa Cruz vs Abner Mares, one of the better fights in the sport as a whole. There’s also a pretty good old guy fight (if you’re into that sort of thing, which I am) and a few other bits and pieces. Let’s get...
Via The Queensbury Rules
August 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Huge Santa Cruz vs. Mares predictions round-up from fighters & media

With fight week officially underway for Leo Santa Cruz vs. Abner Mares, we have a huge round-up of Santa Cruz vs. Mares predictions from fighters and media members, with a near even split on the outcome. Of course, if you read our prediction, you know we like Mares by TKO in an upset. Including our pick, the prognosticators were evenly split on their fight night predictions at 19...
Via Pro Boxing Fans
August 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Leo Santa Cruz vs. Abner Mares fight preview & prediction

Fight Pick – Santa Cruz vs. Mares Prediction: On Saturday, August 29th at The Staples Center and televised live on ESPN, Leo Santa Cruz meets the toughest challenge of his career when he takes on the comebacking Abner Mares. The match features two of our top five 126 lb. fighters in the world, as we rank Santa Cruz #3 at featherweight, and Mares at #5. Mares will be looking to...
Via Pro Boxing Fans
August 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Leo Santa Cruz & Abner Mares talk upcoming fight

Leo Santa Cruz and Abner Mares are fast approaching their upcoming clash. They both held a conference call to discuss the fight, and right here, you can find all the quotes. Abner Mares Yes, sir. I can’t wait to be announced like on August 29th. I just have to say that I’m truly, truly excited, looking forward (to the 29th, give you guys, the) fight fans, the media, everybody...
Via Pro Boxing Fans
August 18, 2015  |  Discuss

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