RingTV’s Alan Massengale went one-on-one with Abner Mares and Leo Santa Cruz at the final press conference for their Saturday showdown at Staples Center in L.A.
Hugo Ruiz and Julio Ceja will vie for the interim WBC 122-pound title on the Aug. 29 PBC on ESPN telecast, preceding the Mares-Santa Cruz main event.
Due to ticket demand, additional sections will be opened up at Staples Center for the Leo Santa Cruz-Abner Mares featherweight showdown on Aug. 29 in Los Angeles.
Catch what WBC 122-pound titleholder Leo Santa Cruz and three-division champ Abner Mares had to say about their August 29 showdown at Staples Center in L.A.
Leo Santa Cruz vs. Abner Mares is official, with the featherweight bout scheduled for Aug. 29 in Los Angeles as part of Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN
There is a strong indication Abner Mares and Leo Santa Cruz will finally fight. The target date is August 29, with the Staples Center in Los Angeles as the likely venue.
Featherweight contender Jesus Cuellar returns to action on Saturday against Vic Darchinyan at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. The bout will be televised live on NBC Sports Network.
The second time was the charm for Gary Russell Jr., who won the WBC featherweight title with a fourth-round stoppage of Jhonny Gonzalez on Saturday in Las Vegas. The new beltholder says he was better prepared for Gonzalez than he was for Vasyl Lomachenko, who he lost a decision to last year in his first title bout.
Abner Mares wanted to put on a show for the fans that tuned into the “PBC on NBC” broadcast on Saturday. However, illness prevented him from being 100 percent against Arturo Santos Reyes, who he outpointed over 10 rounds. Still, Mares is targeting Leo Santa Cruz for his next bout.
Abner Mares out boxed a very game Arturo Reyes over the course of 10 rounds to earn a unanimous decision on the Keith Thurman-Robert Guerrero undercard on Saturday in Las Vegas. The three-division titleholder, who fought through flu symptoms, was not happy with his performance.
Weigh-in photos for Saturday’s “Premier Boxing Champion” show featuring Keith Thurman vs. Robert Guerrero, Adrien Broner vs. John Molina and Abner Mares vs. Arturo Santos Reyes.
Abner Mares is still stinging from the first-round KO loss to Jhonny Gonzalez in 2013. He says after he puts on a show against Arturo Santos Reyes for the first edition of “PBC” this Saturday, he’ll call out Gonzalez for some payback.
Photos from the final press conference before the NBC-televised inauguration of “Premier Boxing Champions” featuring Robert Guerrero vs. Keith Thurman, Adrien Broner vs. John Molina and Abner Mares vs. Arturo Santos Reyes.
Three-division titleholder Abner Mares and 140-pound puncher John Molina went one-on-one with RingTV’s Alan Massengale before leaving Los Angeles for the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, where they will be part of the “PBC on NBC” show this Saturday. Massengale also spoke with Molina’s trainer Joe Goossen.