Leo Santa Cruz defeats Abner Mares by majority decision
LOS ANGELES – Leo Santa Cruz defeated Abner Mares by a majority decision to win the vacant WBA featherweight title Saturday at Staples Center.
The fighters fought toe to toe for much of the entertaining fight, which had a crowd of 13,109 in both fighters’ hometown cheering and chanting their names throughout.
Santa Cruz (31-0-1, 17 knockouts) seemed to land the crisper, more obvious punches during the many wild exchanges but Mares (29-2-1, 15 KOs) certainly got in his licks too. Santa Cruz, the taller of the two, dominated from the outside when they fought at a distance but Mares found ways to get inside.
Two judges scored the fight 117-111 while the third, Max DeLuca, scored it a 114-114 draw. THE RING had it 116-112 for Santa Cruz.
Santa Cruz has now won world titles in three weight divisions.