By David Martinez / dmboxing.com
On Saturday, June 9, 2018, before a capacity crowd of 12,505 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Leo Santa Cruz (35-1-1 / 19 by KO) retained his WBA featherweight title with a unanimous twelve round decision over Abner Mares (31-3-1 / 15 by KO).
After winning the first two rounds, Mares would give it his best effort but Santa Cruz clearly won nine of the next ten rounds on my scorecard in an action packed bout. The official judges scoring was: 117-111, 115-113, and 116-112. My score card was 117-111 for the winner, Santa Cruz.
In the co-main event, Jermell Charlo (31-0 / 15 by KO) retained his WBC super welterweight title with a unanimous twelve round decision over Austin Trout (31-5 / 17 by KO).
Charlo pressed the action throughout and dropped Trout twice during the fight, in rounds three and nine, which secured the bout for him.
The official judges scoring was: 118-108 and 115-111 for Charlo, while one judge had the fight a draw with an absurd 113-113 score. My scorecard was eight rounds to four, 116-110, for the winner Charlo and, had there not been the knockdowns, my score would have been closer at 116-112.
Former undisputed junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford (33-0 / 24 by KO) moved up to welterweight and completely dominated WBO champion Jeff Horn (18-1-1 / 12 by KO) in a ninth round stoppage, at the MGM Grand Hotel Casino in Las Vegas on Saturday night. The bout was shown on the ESPN+ (subscription) channel.
The fight was as one-sided as they come with Crawford dropping Horn in round nine, after which an assault of punches prompted referee Robert Byrd to wisely stop the bout and declare Crawford the winner and new champion. The time was 2:33.
With the win, Crawford has certainly placed himself in boxing’s most stacked division with an array of fighters such as Errol Spence, Keith Thurman, Shawn Porter, Danny Garcia, and Manny Pacquiao.