Fight Preview & Predictions for Leo Santa Cruz vs. Abner Mares II, Jermell Charlo vs. Austin Trout

This coming Saturday Showtime is hostsing the rematch of Leo Santa Cruz vs. Abner Mares for Cruz’s WBA “super” featherweight title. The co-main event on the night is Jermell Charlo vs. Austin Trout for Charlo’s middleweight strap.

 

Leo Santa Cruz vs. Abner Mares

This will be a repeat of the all-Mexican showdown between current champ Santa Cruz (36-1-1, 19 KOs) and Abner Mares (31-2-1, 15 KOs), which went the way of a unanimous decision and pushed as a contender for fight of the year in 2015. The two featherweights will go at it a second time this weekend in front of a sell-out crowd at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

The Mexican boxers will have a tough time of ti in topping the action and drama embroiled in their inaugural fight but this sequel has all the makings of a classic. Santa Cruz and Mares are still both in their prime years and there’s no doubt that the excitement won’t pick up from when we saw them last.

 

Leo Santa Cruz Form and Recent Fight Record

Since defeating Mares, Santa Cruz has gone four and one in his most recent five fights, suggesting his form is better than most but far from perfect. Wins by majority decision and stoppages saddle possibly “El Terremoto’s” most poignant upset in recent years: a loss against pound-for-pound featherweight Carl Frampton, against whom he settled the score in the repeat fixture. In those two back-to-back fights Santa Cruz lost and regained the belt, and since then has defended it on one occasion.

Date

Opponent

Venue

Result

Method

14/10/17 Chris Avalos StubHub Center, Carson W KO
28/01/17 Carl Frampton* MGM Grand, Las Vegas W MD
30/07/16 Carl Frampton* Barclays Center, Brooklyn L MD
27/02/16 Kiko Martinez Honda Center, Anaheim W TKO
29/08/15 Abner Mares* Staples Center, Los Angeles W MD

Abner Mares Form and Recent Fight Record

Mares’ may be the underdog but however he is a former four-division world champion, which is no mean feat. Bar the five fewer fights and one loss more than Santa Cruz, the Mexican challenger shares a not too dissimilar boxing record. Critics may highlight how Mares’ has been less active than his counterpart in the last four years and less convincing in victory. In his last two bouts against Jesús Cuellar and Andrés Gutiérrez he was taken the full distance.

Date

Opponent

Venue

Result

Method

14/10/17 Andres Gutierrez StubHub Center, Carson W TD
10/12/16 Jesus Marcelo Andres Cuellar USC Galen Center, Los Angeles W SD
29/08/15 Leo Santa Cruz* Staples Center, Los Angeles L MD
07/03/15 Arturo Santos Reyes* MGM Grand, Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas W UD
13/12/14 Jose Ramirez MGM Grand, Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas W RTD

 

Santa Cruz vs. Mares Prediction:

Based on current form and reputation to date, the prediction has to sit with current champion Santa Cruz. The title holder possesses an advantage in punching power and physical stature: he has both three inches in height and reach over Mares. And to boxing ability, Santa Cruz is arguably the more fluid mover in the ring with ability to hit faster. We’re tipping him to outpoint Mares over 12 rounds to retain his featherweight title and set up a rubber match with British hopeful Carl Frampton.


Jermell Charlo vs. Austin Trout

It’s Lions Only time this weekend as Jermell Charlo (30-0, 15 KOs) throws his light-middleweight WBC title on the line to face Austin Trout (31-4, 17 KOs) on June 9th at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Champion Charlo is in high spirits after delivering an astonishing – if not puzzling – first round knockout over Erickson Lubin, whilst Trout is rebuilding momentum after beating Juan de Angel earlier in the year.

The undefeated Houston based Charlo now has license to run riot in the 154 lbs weight class since his twin bother Jermall’s recent transition to the middleweight division. Jermell aims to clean up by dismantling Trout in the same way his brother did but is faster fashion, before lining up a fight of the ages against the reputable Erislandy Lara.

Trout was vocal in his slippery run to meet “Iron Man” for a title fight in attributing dehydration as the reason for his loss to Jarett Hurd. A comeback by taking out one of boxing’s pound-for-pound will help underline his presence as a force to be reckoned with.

 

Jermell Charlo Form and Recent Fight Record

Last time out Charlo put on a clinic against Lubin who lasted all of a few minutes. It was Iron Man’s second of two fights he took in 2017, the former being a stylish stoppage against Charles Hartley. Prior to these emphatic wins, Charlo remained unbeaten throughout his career which has predominantly been engineered on US soil. Impressively, the champion has KO’d four of his last five opponents.

Date

Opponent

Venue

Result

Method

14/10/17 Erickson Lubin Barclays Center, Brooklyn W KO
22/04/17 Charles Hatley Barclays Center, Brooklyn W KO
21/05/16 John Jackson The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Chelsea Ballroom, Las Vegas W KO
31/10/15 Joachim Alcine NRG Arena, Houston W TKO
28/03/15 Vanes Martirosyan Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas W UD

Austin Trout Form and Recent Fight Record

From Hollywood to Hildago, Trout has fought some of the fiercest boxers in the light middleweight division, mostly ending in his favour but occasionally catching an upset. Two such darks spells came back to back in recent years when Trout lost out on points to another man by the name of Charlo and was forced to retire through dehydration against Jarrett Hurd. Trout has collected successive wins two, stopping the likes of Joey Hernandez and Luis Galarza by knockout.

Date

Opponent

Venue

Result

Method

17/02/18 Juan De Angel Don Haskins Convention Center, El Paso W UD
14/10/17 Jarrett Hurd Barclays Center, Brooklyn L RTD
21/05/16 Jermall Charlo The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Chelsea Ballroom, Las Vegas L UD
08/09/15 Joey Hernandez Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood W KO
09/05/15 Luis Galarza State Farm Arena, Hidalgo W RTD

 

Fight Prediction:

Charlo need some stiff opposition because the boys at 154lbs are not cutting the mustard. Case in point with Austin Trout, who having lost to one Charlo already, is not the fighter we once knew. In vying for this light-middleweight title the veteran will catch one too many blows from his slicker-moving, shaper-punching opponents. Charlo takes this one inside six rounds… can we prey for a body shot from the heavens?

 

Full Fight Card

  • Leo Santa Cruz vs. Abner Mares, 12 rounds, for Santa Cruz’s WBA “super” featherweight title
  • Jermell Charlo vs. Austin Trout, 12 rounds, for Charlo’s WBC junior middleweight title
  • Ivan Redkach vs. Brian Jones, 8 or 10 rounds, welterweights
  • Antonio Santa Cruz vs. Jordan Baletero, 4 or 6 rounds, bantamweights
  • Jose Gomez vs. TBA, 4 or 6 rounds, junior lightweights
  • Jerry Perez vs. Josh Ross, 4 or 6 rounds, junior lightweights
  • Viktor Slavinskyi vs. Carlos Trevino, 4 or 6 rounds, junior lightweights
  • Lina Licona vs. TBA, 4 rounds, junior flyweights
  • Karlos Balderas vs. Pedro Lopez, 6 rounds, junior lightweights
  • Jose Balderas vs. TBA, 4 rounds, junior featherweights

 

Other high profile fights scheduled on this night are Horn vs. Crawford and Fury vs. Sefer. For more schedules fight news and updates, follow our boxing previews and boxing predictions

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