Staples Center, LA, United States
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Leo Santa Cruz vs Abner Mares report
Who won Cruz vs Mares?
Leo Santa Cruz beat Abner Mares by majority decision in their 12 round contest on Saturday 29th August 2015 at Staples Center in LA.
The scorecards were announced as 114-114, 117-111, 117-111 in favor of winner Leo Santa Cruz.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 12 rounds in the Featherweight division, which meant the weight limit was 126 pounds (9 stone or 57.1 KG).
This contest was for the vacant WBA featherweight championship of the world.
Cruz vs Mares stats
Leo Santa Cruz stepped into the ring with an undefeated record of 30 wins, zero loses and 1 draw, 17 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Abner Mares made his way to the ring with a record of 29 wins, 1 loss and 1 draw, with 15 of those wins by knock out.
The stats suggested Santa Cruz had a slight advantage in power over Mares, with a 57% knock out percentage over Mares' 52%.
Leo Santa Cruz was the younger man by 3 years, at 34 years old.
Santa Cruz had a height advantage of 2 inches over Mares. That also extended to a 3-inch reach advantage.
Both Leo Santa Cruz & Abner Mares fought out of an orthodox stance.
Santa Cruz was the less experienced professional fighter, having had the same amount of fights, and made his debut in 2006, 1 year and 9 months later than Mares, whose first professional fight was in 2005. He had fought 7 less professional rounds, 277 to Mares' 284.
Santa Cruz's last 3 fights had come over a period of 8 years, 4 months and 21 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 2 years, 9 months and 17 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 30 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 10 rounds on average.
Mares' last 4 fights had come over a period of 9 years, 9 months and 14 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 2 years, 5 months and 11 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 26 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 6.5 rounds on average.
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