They may not be the biggest men in terms of stature, but Abner Mares and Leo Santa Cruz cast long shadows in the ring nevertheless.
Now, two of the most exciting fighters in the 126-pound division are set to meet August 29 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
The eagerly awaited Santa Cruz vs Mares showdown will air on ESPN at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.
Anticipation for this clash between two Mexican-American fan favorites has been building in recent years, as Leo Santa Cruz (31-0, 17 KOs) hammered his way up the 122-pound ranks, a division that Mares (29-1-1, 15 KOs) once held a title in.
After moving up to 126 pounds and defeating Jose Cayetano on the undercard of the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Manny Pacquiao fight in May, Santa Cruz turns his sights to Mares, the most formidable opponent of his career thus far.
A former champion in three different weight divisions, Mares has bested a who’s who of former champions including Joseph Agbeko, Vic Darchinyan, Anselmo Moreno, Eric Morel and Daniel Ponce De Leon.
Time to see if he can add Santa Cruz's name to that distinguished list.