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Cuellar vs Mares results: Abner Mares wins another featherweight title

Abner Mares has another world title after a decision win over Jesus Cuellar

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Abner Mares hadn’t fought in about 16 months, lost that previous fight, and hadn’t held a world title since 2013, but he’s back in the mix at featherweight now, defeating Jesus Cuellar to claim the WBA “world” featherweight title.

The scores resulted in a split decision, two cards going to Mares, 117-110 and 116-111, while judge Kermit Bayless scored it 115-112 for Cuellar. BLH had it 115-112 for Mares.

Mares (30-2-1, 15 KO) was quicker and sharper than Cuellar (28-2, 21 KO), who at times looked like the heavier puncher. That said, it was Mares who scored the fight’s only knockdown, dropping Cuellar in the 11th round with a right hand counter.

Mares, 31, could look to defend this paper title in 2017, or he could target the winner of the Frampton-Santa Cruz rematch that’s coming in January, where the WBA “super world” featherweight title is at stake. Mares fought Santa Cruz in 2015, losing a decision.

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