Leo Santa Cruz v Abner Mares for WBC Diamond featherweight title

Phil Jay 04/07/2015

In an in-depth discussion with WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman, WBN was informed that the forthcoming Leo Santa Cruz v Abner Mares clash is set to be contested for the WBC Diamond featherweight title.

The two Mexicans, who have just one loss between them in 62 professional fights, were thought to be fighting for the WBC super bantamweight belt held by Santa Cruz, although Sulaiman explained the situation as it stands on Friday night.

“I believe Leo Santa Cruz v Abner Mares is a done deal for featherweight and they have requested that the WBC honour that fight with the Diamond title,” Sulaiman exclusively told World Boxing News.

“Santa Cruz has asked permission to fight this fight (with Mares) and then decide whether to stay at featherweight or super-bantamweight.

“I am not sure about the date of that fight, but the winner would then have a chance to fight Gary Russell,” he added.

A date of August 29 at the Staples Center in California is thought to be near a formal announcement, whilst Santa Cruz’s WBC title at 122lbs will remain with him until the unbeaten champion makes it clear what his future plans are.

A win for Mares would automatically mean a fight against 126lb title holder Russell would then be on course for 2016.