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The top five next opponents for Leo Santa Cruz

Leo Santa Cruz vs Abner Mares
Alex Zendra runs through the best opposition for new WBA featherweight champion Santa Cruz

5. Abner Mares

In spite of falling short in a non-stop fan favourite showing against Santa Cruz, Mares stock has risen in defeat, leaving no great reason to disregard a second fight. Ultimately, the ‘fight of the year’ candidate with Abner Mares shows Cruz isn’t planning to have many second-tier opponents in his forthcoming bouts.

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