Showtime Leo Santa Cruz vs Abner Mares 2 and Jermell Charlo vs Austin Trout
By Kid Hersh
From the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, came Showtime Championship boxing.
Jermell Charlo (30-0, 15KO's) vs Austin Trout (31-4, 17KO's). In the first round, the action was very slow as both men were simply feeling each other out. The fight was settling into a pretty boring type of rhythm, with both men content to sit back just out of range and try to find a way to get inside the distance without being hit but also landing punch. Nothing was working, as Trout would simply use his legs to move away and Charlo is not aggressive enough to throw caution to the wind. In the third round, there was a surprise knockdown as Charlo rushed Trout and landed a series of punches where Trout was both off balance but also perhaps affected by the punches as his legs went kitty wompus and he fell to the canvas. He rose and promptly threw a jab and landed it to show that he doing just fine.
Main event time featuring Leo Santa Cruz (34-1-1, 19KO's) vs Abner Mares (31-2-1, 15KO's). In the first round, both men were tightly wound and swinging for the fences, so to speak. It was high action from the very start as both men were landing power punches but more so simply swinging for the fences. In the second round, it was still more of a street battle with the fight not really settling into any sort of a rhythm until the third round when Santa Cruz was able to establish a rhythm by slowly pressing forward and landing his longer, straight punches. Leo appeared to be controlling the distance but at times a war would still break out - such as at the end of the seventh round after Santa Cruz had controlled the majority of it and Mares appeared to be trying to gain some sort of upper hand. Mares was trying to be more physical in the eighth round as he bulled his way inside and was trying to unload punches while pushing Santa Cruz around the ring. It was not working very well though, seeing as how he could not sustain it - it was only in bursts.