Wednesday, 26 December 2012

De La Hoya looking to stage Mares Vs Cruz!

By Jack Price @PriceyJ97

Oscar De La Hoya, president of Golden Boy Promotions is eager to make a fight between WBC super-bantamweight champion Abner Mares and IBF bantamweight world champ Leo Santa Cruz.

Both men are unbeaten and, although  they're world champions, they still are far away from the peak of their careers, but this does seem like a fight that is likely to happen. Both fighters are promoted by Golden Boy and are happy to fight as many times as possible at this current time.

Cruz (23-0-1, 13 KO's) has been interested in fighting Mares for a very long time, and has made this clear in almost every one of the five post-fight interviews he has had in 2012. However this isn't the No.1 priority on Mares' list. The 27-year old is targeting super-bantamweight king and pound-for-pound contender Nonito Donaire. Unfortunately there isn't much chance of this fight happening as Donaire is promoted by Golden Boy's main rivals Top Rank.

Mares and Cruz fought on the same show earlier this year, with Mares beating Anselmo Moreno in the main event and Cruz dominating Victor Zaleta on the undercard. This shows that a match-up between these two guys has been in Golden Boy's plans for at least a few months.

"Of course (I would make that fight)," said De La Hoya whilst talking to Luke Furman of "One of the biggest fights that can be made in Los Angeles, that would sell out the Staples Center is Abner Mares Vs Leo Santa Cruz."

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