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Mares, Santa Cruz eager to fight

Photos: Craig Bennett

Photos: Craig Bennett

Two of Mexico’s brightest young stars took part in the kickoff press conference in advance of their showdown for Los Angeles bragging rights on Tuesday.

Abner Mares and Leo Santa Cruz were at the Plaza Mexico, which drew out hundreds of fans in anticipation of their August 29 fight from the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles.

ESPN is set to televise in association with Premier Boxing Champions.

Below is what both fighters and trainers had to say about the highly anticipated bout.


“I want to thank all of the fans who are here and I appreciate the support. We always train 100 percent like we’re fighting for a championship.

“I think the fans are the ones who are going to win on August 29th. They are going to get a great fight out there. It’s going to be a war.

“I don’t care what he said about my competition. I’ve wanted to fight him for a long time, this going to be a great fight.

“He likes to talk about different things. I’m not going to talk as much. I’m going to be prepared on August 29th and I’m going to be victorious.

“No one wants to lose and may the best man win.”



“I want to thank everybody who made this fight possible.

“Leo Santa Cruz is a fighter who has fought nothing but C-level fighters. Now he’s fighting an A-level fighter. I’m going to show him what an A-level fighter does and that’s win.

“I pushed for this fight, he never really wanted to face me. I’ve wanted to fight him for a while. We fought on the same card at Staples Center and I wanted to fight him since then.

“We sparred a while back, about 30 rounds, but I don’t put much into the sparring. We’re both different fighters now.

“This is a great fight for the fans and I look forward to the whole world being able to watch.

“I’m going to beat Leo Santa Cruz come May 29th, don’t miss the fight.”

JOSE SANTA CRUZ, Santa Cruz’s Father & Trainer

“Team Santa Cruz doesn’t speak much. Mares and his team can talk and say all that they want but we’re going to demonstrate our talent on Saturday, August 29th at the Staples Center.”


“I’m so glad everyone could be out here to support these fighters. This is a fight that has been discussed for two years and we are ready.

“I appreciate Leo Santa Cruz taking this fight. We’re going to be prepared, we’re focused. On Saturday, August 29th, team Mares is going out for the victory.”

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