News | Aug 27 2015

Gary Russell Jnr wants to fight the Leo Santa Cruz-Abner Mares winner

Russell predicts a close fight between Santa Cruz and Mares, writes Paul Wheeler
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WBC featherweight champion Gary Russell Jnr, 27, will be an interested observer this Saturday (August 29), when Leo Santa Cruz meets Abner Mares in an all-Mexican encounter for the vacant WBC Diamond feather strap at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

The winner of the Santa Cruz-Mares clash will be in a prime position to challenge Russell for his world crown, considering all three men share the same adviser – influential powerbroker Al Haymon.

Russell, who claimed the WBC belt in March with an impressive fourth-round stoppage of Mexico’s Jhonny Gonzalez, foresees a close fight between Santa Cruz and Mares this weekend. Regardless of who comes out on top, the Capitol Heights, Maryland-based southpaw is ready and willing to face the victor.