Leo Santa Cruz was successful tonight on Showtime, earning a unanimous decision win over Abner Mares in a flurry-filled rematch. At the end of 12 rounds Santa Cruz won on official scores of 115-113, 116-112, and 117-111. I scored the fight 115-113 for Santa Cruz for BLH.
The fight started quickly, with both Santa Cruz and Mares picking up where they left off in their first fight, exchanging punches and pleasing the crowd. Mares had better success when he got the exchanges in close, but by the middle of the fight Santa Cruz had established a distance where he could land more effectively than Mares with his height and reach. Mares was never ever able to really change that up although the final round was a surefire slug fest.
With the win Santa Cruz takes the WBC diamond featherweight title and runs his record to 34-1-1, (19 KOs). Mares falls to 31-3-1, (15 KOs). Mares look visibly disappointed when the official result was read.
How did you score tonight’s main event?