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.
“The Ghost,” “The Gladiator,” “The Problem (aka Mr. NBC)” and “One Time” were all on hand for a quick press workout before Saturday’s NBC-televised show at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
This Saturday, NBC kicks off its “Premier Boxing Champions” series with a welterweight bout between Keith Thurman and Robert Guerrero. Anson Wainwright recently caught up with “The Ghost” to get his thoughts on the fight.
Echoing the sentiments of many a fan and pundit, undefeated welterweight Keith Thurman says Al Haymon’s deal with NBC is a blessing and good for the sport.
In the wake of his successful junior featherweight title defense against Jesus Ruiz, Leo Santa Cruz says he wants to give fans what they want in bouts against Abner Mares and RING champion Guillermo Rigondeaux.
Two fights into his comeback after a loss to WBC titlist Jhonny Gonzalez, featherweight Abner Mares has his sights set on four potential and prominent opponents.
Former four-division titlist Nonito Donaire says he’s rejuvenated and ready for another big run at either junior featherweight or featherweight.
Should he defeat Jesus Ruiz on Jan. 17, WBC junior featherweight titlist Leo Santa Cruz plans on facing the best his division has to offer.