News | Jun 01 2018

Leo Santa Cruz wants to unify featherweight titles after Abner Mares rematch

'Josh Warrington, Gary Russell, Oscar Valdez and even a third fight against Carl Frampton,' Leo Santa Cruz spells out his future options
Leo Santa Cruz
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AS they go into their June 9 rematch, both Leo Santa Cruz and Abner Mares maintain they are better fighters now than they were first time around.

“He looks good,” Santa Cruz, the WBA featherweight champion, said of Mares. “He fights differently. He has Robert Garcia as his trainer [now]. Robert Garcia is a great trainer; very smart and driven. He knows how to send a fighter to fight. I have seen him and you could see in his training that he is working really hard and everything. But we like that. We like that because he’s going to come in his best and we’re going to give a better fight.

“Robert is a great trainer and I know he might make a difference. But I also have learned a lot. I got a lot of experience over these few years. And whatever he has learned, I have learned too. And I think it’s going to come down to who wants it the most and I think it’s going to be a great fight.”