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Leo Santa Cruz beats Abner Mares by majority decision

Leo Santa Cruz beats Abner Mares by majority decision in thrilling bout between local fighters

Leo Santa Cruz beats Abner Mares by majority decision

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Leo Santa Cruz beat Abner Mares by majority decision Saturday night, remaining unbeaten with a superior technical performance in a thrilling featherweight bout between two hometown fighters.

Santa Cruz (31-0-1) survived a night of furious exchanges and eventually controlled several rounds with his superior jab and reach, overcoming Mares' heavy pressure. Mares (29-2-1) did admirable work inside and survived numerous big shots, but ultimately couldn't land a decisive blow.

A raucous crowd at Staples Center favored Santa Cruz over Mares, but just barely. Both fighters were born in Mexico and grew up in the Los Angeles area, attracting a large turnout for local bragging rights.

Two judges scored the fight 117-111 for Santa Cruz, while Max DeLuca had a 114-114 draw. The Associated Press favored Santa Cruz, 116-112.


Updated : 2021-09-25 12:05 GMT+08:00