Fight Preview: Leo Santa Cruz vs Abner Mares

Fight Preview: Leo Santa Cruz vs Abner Mares

Saturday night, the City of Los Angeles will produce more drama than we've seen out of Hollywood in a long time when two of Mexico's favorite sons enter the squared circle. Leo Santa Cruz vs Abner Mares is a fight the sport has craved for quite some time. Due to politics in the sport, many felt it would never happen, or similar to other marquee fights, perhaps happen too late; but the boxing gods made sure the stars aligned and now, the stage is set.

In Mares, we have a strong warrior who was once viewed as the next Mexican fighter to carry the torch in the aftermath of Oscar De la Hoya. Almost two years ago to the date, Mares was stunned at the hands of Jhonny Gonzalez in only his second fight at Featherweight (126lbs) where he loss, via stunning 1st round KO. No one saw that stoppage coming, let alone by way of KO. But a seasoned veteran with the right game plan came out fast and never looked back! Leo Santa Cruz has been fortunate enough to escape such wrath, but that could all change when the two meet Saturday night.

Boxing matches in Los Angeles almost always come with an extra buzz attached, and this will be no different, as these two men have been on a collision course for quite some time. This won't be an easy fight to call for those who like to bet on boxing. Boxing betting odds in a fight of this magnitude are very tough, because on any given night, you just never know which man will step up and do the impossible! In Leo Santa Cruz (30-0-1, 17KO's) you have a fighter who has never been defeated. So his will to win has never been broken, and it's evident in his passionate, 'stalk-til-they-can't-walk' style. Rarely does he take his foot off the gas, fighting at a feverish pace from the first bell to the last.

Abner Mares (29-1-1 15KO's) has suffered defeat, that one painful moment could very well catapult him to new heights unseen before. This particular bout pins him against an opponent he has called out for years, and it'll all take place in a very familiar neck of the woods, which basically comes down to local 'bragging rights'! Leo Santa Cruz vs Abner Mares  is that one bout that many around the sport see as a potential 'Fight of the Year' candidate. In an era of the sport where fans have grown to favor the more vicious, KO friendly styles, there's very little not to like about a fight between two young studs like this.

Santa Cruz vs Mares is one of those fights you want to see on the scrolling marquee under the bright lights. And Santa Cruz vs Mares will without question live up to the hype by the end of the night. Once the bell rings for a fight this intense, it's normal for the two fighters to try to feel each other out before letting it all hang out! But this time around, things could be a bit different. There are few certainties involved, but the one thing fans can count on is the slim odds that this bout actually goes the distance. Santa Cruz's power may not translate to the new division, but his work rate will.

PREDICTION: LEO SANTA CRUZ via SPLIT DECISION

 
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