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Santa Cruz vs Mares II: Fighters ready for June rematch

Leo Santa Cruz and Abner Mares are anxious to get to their rematch.

PBC on ESPN: Leo Santa Cruz v Abner Mares Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

Leo Santa Cruz and Abner Mares had their long-awaited rematch officially announced today, with the fight coming on June 9 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Showtime will televise.

Santa Cruz (34-1-1, 19 KO) says that just like the first fight, fans can expect action in the rematch.

“The fans can expect a full-action fight just like the first one, maybe even better,” Santa Cruz said.

“I know Abner Mares changed his trainer, and Robert Garcia is a great trainer who will bring the best out of him. But we’re also smart. My dad is a great trainer who will bring the best out of me. It will be a great fight.”

Mares (31-2-1, 15 KO) says that his new working relationship with trainer Garcia will give him an edge this time around.

“It’s been two years since I fought Leo Santa Cruz and all I’ve been thinking about is redemption,” Mares said. “With Team Garcia, you’ve seen the change. If they think I’m going to fight the same way, they are in for a surprise.”

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