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Santa Cruz-Mares officially set for August 29


There have been rumblings of this fight to come to fruition for upwards of one year, with each fighter not able to avoid the inevitable question in interviews (eerily similar to Mayweather/Pacquiao) while ringside in Los Angeles or Las Vegas for fights, and now a deal has been reached.

Leo Santa Cruz will face Abner Mares for Los Angeles bragging rights in downtown LA inside the Staples Center on August 29.

“I’m really excited for this fight, it’s a fight the fans have been asking for and I’m ready to give them what they want – a great show and a great victory,” said Mares.

“L.A. is my home, I train here, grew up here and I’m ready to show this city and the world that I am the champ. I’m proud to be part of this great event on ESPN at Staples Centers.   Boxing is bigger than ever.  Whatever you do, don’t miss this fight.

The bout will be televised live on ESPN in association with boxing’s newest entity, Premier Boxing Champions.

Santa Cruz knows what’s on the line in the much anticipated showdown in what will be a featherweight contest with a co-feature yet to be announced.

“This fight means so much to me because I know it is what the fans have been waiting for,” said Santa Cruz.

“The opportunity to fight at STAPLES Center against a Mexican warrior and great fighter in Abner Mares is one that I plan on taking very seriously. We have been preparing for this moment for a very long time and I’m so glad it’s finally here. A win is going to take one of us to the next level.”

A kick-off press conference will be open to the public and will take place on Tuesday July 14 at Plaza Mexico in Los Angeles.

Tickets for the August 29th event are priced at $25, $50, $75, $150 and $200 – they go on sale tomorrow Friday, July 10 at 10 AM (PST) at AXS.com or by phone at 888-929-7849 or at the STAPLES Center starting Saturday, July 11 at 10 AM (PST).

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