Santa Cruz vs Mares 2 FULL FIGHT: June 9, 2018 | PBC on Showtime
- Posted by sabre on Jun 10, 2023
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In a rematch of their 2015 title fight, Featherweight World Champions Leo Santa Cruz defeats Abner Mares by unanimous decision after 12 action-packed rounds.
Santa Cruz (35-1-1, 19 knockouts) once again earned a decision over Abner Mares, a fellow Mexican multi-divisional champion who has made a home for himself in the Los Angeles area. Scores were unanimous for Santa Cruz -- 115-113 from Ray Danseco, 116-112 from Steve Weisfeld, and 117-111 from Zac Young. The fight seemed closer than their first affair in August of 2015 that saw Santa Cruz win by majority decision. Santa Cruz retained his WBA belt at 126 pounds in front of 12,505 fans.
The two combined for 2,038 punches Saturday night -- seven more punches than the two combined to throw in their first fight. Santa Cruz landed 357 of 1,061 punches and Mares landed 226 of 997 in the rematch.
Mares (31-3-1, 15 KOs) fought a better gameplan than the first fight, finding the mark with shorter shots in between Santa Cruz's wider shots i