In the co-feature of this weekend’s big fight action in LA, fireworks will be lit under a crossroads match-up between the new force in the Featherweight division, Jesus Cuellar and the well experienced Abner Mares.
Jesus Cuellar vs Abner Mares Preview and Prediction
There is little to separate the two in age and contests fought, but Mares 29-2-1(15KO’s) has fought at the highest level in the Bantamweight, Super Bantamweight and Featherweight divisions since 2010.
Just some of the names on his record boast an impressive resume, with Vic Darchinyan, Joseph Agbeko (twice), Anselmo Moreno and Leo Santa Cruz all included.
But many in and around boxing circles still question what Mares has left after so many wars and a blistering 1st round knockout defeat at the hands of Jhonny Gonzalez.
Mares showed a gritty side last time out against Santa Cruz, but after a year lay-off, one must query if he can return to his best days in the lighter divisions.
Cuellar 28-1(21KO’s) will have little sympathy as the Argentine heads into Mares’ backyard. Having already dismantled two faded fighters in Juan Manuel Lopez and Vic Darchinyan, Cuellar will have no issue pushing another closer to the end of the line.
Cuellar is a big hitter, but both Jonathan Oquendo and Rico Ramos went the distance, and Mares certainly won’t go down easily.
The longer the contest goes, the more chance that Mares has of winning the contest. After unloading with the early bombardments, Cuellar will slow in the second half of the contest, leaving Mares with a way into the fight.
But after 12 rounds of furious action, the WBA Featherweight title on the line will be heading back home with the champion, as Cuellar takes a split decision win on the scorecards.
For the full preview and prediction of the main event involving Charlo vs Williams check it out in our earlier post on the website published in today’s home feed.