"It was a great fight", said Santa Cruz during the post-fight interview.
In the eleventh round Mares went to the body but got countered by a right uppercut from Santa Cruz. Charlo's knockout streak was stopped by going the distance in this fight. "He left his heart out there". If Mares is better than me that night, then he will win. Both throwing punches at the bell with the last one a left hook from Mares on the back of the head of Santa Cruz. Frampton brought out the best in Santa Cruz which is bad news for Mares.
Santa Cruz is in control of the fight, landing the 1-2 jab that is disrupting Mares' rhythm.
The 32-year-old Mares is an excellent fighter, and his pressure style makes him a tough out every time. "I hope you like the fight because we fought for you, Los Angeles".
He added: "It is what it is". I don't want to discuss scores. I'll do it again.
According to CompuBox, Santa Cruz landed 357 of 1061 punches (34 percent); Mares landed 208 of 931 (22 percent). Of course, nothing says they can't do it again after Santa Cruz vs Russell.
The main reason for Santa Cruz's optimism that both fighters won't throw away their game plans and brawl at the first sign of contact surrounds how much each fighter has grown over the past three years. I had cuts before. Mares lands a double jab as he now tries to avoid fighting on the inside.
Mares, a former three-division world champion and a veteran of 10 world championship fights, had famed trainer Robert Garcia in his corner for this fight.
"I am sorry I came out short", said Mares.
Leo Santa Cruz and Abner Mares go toe-to-toe.
"Hopefully I am [the best featherweight in the world]", Santa Cruz said. Gary Russell Jr.is a great fighter and I definitely want a rematch of our amateur fight. I'll push around the bigger guys; I'm ready for this guy.
WBC World Super Welterweight champion, Jermell "Iron Man" Charlo, 31-0 (15), of Houston, TX, defended his title with a majority decision over the former IBF World Super Welterweight champion southpaw Austin "No Doubt" Trout, 31-5 (17), of Las Cruces, NM, over 12 rounds. Charlo finally landed a solid right hand to the chin one minute into the fight.
Judge's scores were 113-113, 115-111, 118-108 while this writer had it 114-112 due to the two knockdowns. "I went to fish, I tried to get some trout but I couldn't catch him on the hook. I know they're used to seeing me knock boys out but at least they saw me take care of business". It was the sixth time Trout had been down in his career. My brother just told me, 'Do what you do.' Mell and Mall. I have to make it a war and go out there and trade punches Well see what happens.. But I'm not done yet. "My team motivates me every day in the gym. And I'm still here".
More accurate than Trout connecting on his punches the entire fight, Charlo went on a relentless attack in the 10th, connecting on multiples power punches that seemed to faze Trout.
On the undercard, Jermell Charlo outclassed an aging Austin Trout, once a 154-pound elite and now more of a gatekeeper. "That's why he survived 12". "To do that, I need to beat the champions". "We like that because he's going to come in at his best and we're going to give a better fight". Leo is a great fighter and I do not want to question the judges. Mares is the better inside boxer of the two.
Easter recently changed trainers and is now working with Kevin Cunningham.
"I think the victor of this fight will be number one in this division. My height and my reach will give anyone problems as long as I use them skillfully".