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Leo Santa Cruz and Abner Mares are both fighting at the same venue on the same Premier Boxing Champions card on the same night, but unfortunately for those aching for these two to follow up their thrilling 2015 title contest, they are not in the same match.

Santa Cruz is instead defending his WBA super world featherweight title against Chris Avalos, a fighter who is on a rather poor run of form of late. Mares will be taking on Andres Gutierrez to defend his regular WBA world featherweight title in the co-feature of the PBC on Fox card. 

The hope is that these two retain their titles, thus setting up a long-awaited rematch.

ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael noted in August that though the mandatory rematch fell through for fall, “the announcement of the Oct. 14 doubleheader said that, assuming they both retain their titles, they have agreed to terms to meet in the rematch in early 2018.”

So with that hitch in the sequel, Santa Cruz finds himself taking on an opponent he should beat soundly on Saturday night. Here’s how you can catch him in action.

       

Santa Cruz vs. Avalos Fight Info

When: Saturday, October 14 at 7:30 p.m. ET

Where: StubHub Center in Carson, California

TV: Fox

Live Stream: Fox Sports Go

Tickets: ScoreBig.com

Santa Cruz has put together an excellent run over the last couple of years, with Ring rating him the top featherweight in the world. His win over Mares in August 2015 earned him the WBA title he’s defending, as well as bragging rights for the Los Angeles area. 

An easy TKO-win over Kiko Martinez set the Mexican boxer up for two fights with Carl Frampton, both of which proved to be extremely entertaining and decided by razor-thin margins.

Frampton took the first fight by majority decision in July 2016, proving to be more accurate and landing more powerful punches, though the indefatigable Santa Cruz was much busier.

Santa Cruz came back a few months later in January of this year to face Frampton again, this time coming out on top in yet another majority decision. 

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