In an attempt to build interest in an eventual rematch between them, WBA Super World featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz and Abner Mares will be fighting on the same card but in separate fights on October 14 at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
Team Santa Cruz (33-1-1, 18 KOs) wants him to take a tune-up fight against the struggling non-contender Chris Avalos (27-5, 20 KOs) in the main event on October 14 on the StubHub card. Santa Cruz vs. Avalos is hardly a headliner quality fight.
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It’s more like a stay busy fight. Nonetheless, we just saw Floyd Mayweather Jr. sell a mismatch against Conor McGregor and the boxing public eagerly scooped it up in gladly purchasing the farce. In comparison, Santa Cruz vs. Avalos is a great fight. Avalos at least knows how to fight. Santa Cruz won’t have to carry Avalos the way that Mayweather seemingly did against McGregor. Santa Cruz needs to look good though for him to drum up interest in a needless rematch against Mares. About the only thing Santa Cruz can accomplish in beating Avalos is to see if he can outdo Carl Frampton’s 5th round knockout of him. It would look good if Santa Cruz would knockout Avalos before the 5th round to show that he’s better than Frampton.
If Mares and Santa Cruz both win their respective fights on October 14, then the two of them will fight each other in a rematch next year. It would nicer if both of them would fight someone good before they face each other. That’s not a knock on the talent of the recently knocked out Avalos or Gutierrez, but there are far better fighters in the division than those 2 guys. Gutierrez recently lost to 35-year-old Cristian Mijares by a 12 round majority decision last year on June 4, 2016. Mijares is the only quality fighter on Gutierrez’s entire 8-year resume at the pro level. Gutierrez’s 35-1-1 consists primarily of victories over fluff opposition instead of quality guys.