Last night, Boxing fans were treated to an amazing fight at the Staples Center. Leading to the fight, one had predicted that the fans were going to be half Santa Cruz fans and half Mares fight. But, ast the fight started it became evident that the crowd was majority Santa Cruz fans.
Leo Santa Cruz vs Abner Mares fight was a fight that was brewing for couple of years. It was this generations’ Barrera vs Morales. In that fight, we had Mexico City(Barrera) vs Tijuana (Morales). The Santa Cruz vs Mares brought the Mexican rivalry to another level as well. Michoacan (Santa Cruz) vs Jalisco(Mares). Not only was there Mexican statehood represented but this fight was also for the Battle of L.A.
The fight started as expected with Mares bringing his fight and aggressiveness to Santa Cruz. Throughout the fight there were very close rounds to judge but towards the middle rounds and the Championship rounds, Santa Cruz looked like the more active and the one who was more accurate with his punches. Mares appeared tired towards those middle rounds and appeared to pick up a 2nd wind in the last couple of rounds but it wasn’t enough to stop Santa Cruz volume punches.
With Santa Cruz winning a majority decision in what is the front runner for Fight of the Year, fans want to see a rematch for later this year. I would love to see them go at it this year but it all depends on what Al Haymon decides. If Santa Cruz doesn’t give Mares the immediate rematch, it will be interesting to see who he decides to fight in his next fight. Walters? Rigendoux? Hampton? Quigg? Boxing fans would just have to wait and see.
I recorded Rounds 1, 9 and 12 from last night’s fight. Enjoy and let’s hope we get SantaCruzVsMares2 later this year.