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Postfight presser: Mares-De Leon

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Shortly after his stoppage win over Daniel Ponce De Leon, Abner Mares met with the media at the post fight press conference.

“All I have to say is I am blessed,” said Mares. “I am happy we had a plan and we put it to work. He was the aggressor and we had to be the smarter fighter.”

In the fight, a left hook-right cross combination by Mares dropped De Leon late in round two. Mares continued his attack and he cornered his foe in the ninth, landing a series of punches that prompted referee Jay Nady to call it quits at 2:20.

“It was real hard fighting against a friend,” said Mares. “I was fighting so relaxed and then I dropped him. The second time I dropped him I was like wow. I don’t think he was throwing back. If anything, I was catching him with right hand after right hand. I think the ref did a good job. I didn’t want to continue hitting him.

“Hopefully I stole the show and you all write about this.”

In another PPV bout, Leo Santa Cruz was victorious scoring a fifth round stoppage over veteran and former world champion Alexander Munoz.

“I am very happy and excited for the win,” said Santa Cruz. “I hope you were all happy with my performance.”

Santa Cruz said he hopes to fight the winner of the Cristian Mijares-Victor Terrazas fight for a world title shot.

“I am interested in whatever fights are out there.” Santa Cruz said.

Also at the post fight press conference was J’Leon Love, who was victorious over Gabriel Rosado by controversial decision.

“It was a tough fight facing adversity,” said Love. “Hats off to Rosado and his team. They did a good job and we did what we had to do.”

Rosado showed respect but was not happy with the loss.

“Congratulations to J’Love,” he said. “I think everyone knows what happened and who won. At the end of the day it is what it is. I did what I had to do to pull off the victory.”


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