Leo Santa Cruz vs. Abner Mares official for Aug. 29

Santa Cruz vs Mares

Mexican fighter, Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz (30-0-1, 17 KOs), has been an unstoppable man in the ring, and now his next fight is set for August 29th against Abner Mares. This fixes trouble for Santa Cruz, who has had the problem of finding a good opponent. Abner, who is also Mexican, was first scene in the 2004 Olympics.

Abner Mares (29-1-1, 15 KOs) defeated Joseph Agbeko to win the IBF bantamweight title, and then beat Morel to win the WBC super bantamweight belt. Mares then won the featherweight belt from Daniel Ponce de Leon a year later. He then lost that belt to Jhonny Gonzalez, in a first round defeat, the only of his career. Mares has bounced back with 3 straight wins including a ten round decision over Arturo Santos Reyes in March.

Mares spoke about the upcoming fight with ESPN, “I’m really excited for this fight,” Mares said. “it’s a fight the fans have been asking for and I’m ready to give them what they want — a great show and a great victory,” L.A. is my home, I train here, grew up here and I’m ready to show this city and the world that I am the champ.”

Leo Santa Cruz released a statement on the upcoming bout:

“This fight means so much to me because I know it is what the fans have been waiting for,” Santa Cruz said in a statement. “The opportunity to fight at Staples Center against a Mexican warrior and great fighter in Abner Mares is one that I plan on taking very seriously. We have been preparing for this moment for a very long time and I’m so glad it’s finally here. A win is going to take one of us to the next level.”

The fight is confirmed for Staples Center on August 29th, but the undercards are still pending. Staples Center President Lee Zeidman released a statement as well.

“All of us here at STAPLES Center could not be more excited to host this incredible fight in downtown Los Angeles,” Lee Zeidman, President, STAPLES Center. “It is an honor to have these two talented fighters in Mares and Santa Cruz bring this bout to their hometown and to all their fans here in Southern California, it will undoubtedly be a historic night for boxing.”