Los Angeles featherweight rivals Leo Santa Cruz and Abner Mares, both three-division world titleholders and among boxing's most exciting fighters, have a deal in place to face each other in a rematch of Santa Cruz's majority decision victory to claim a world title in August 2015 in one of that year's best fights.
What Schaefer is referring to is the fact that Santa Cruz will first defend his title against Chris Avalos and Mares will defend his secondary belt against Andres Gutierrez on a Premier Boxing Champions card on Saturday (Fox/Fox Deportes, 7:30 p.m.
The reason is because Avalos is just 2-3 in his last five bouts and has been knocked out inside six rounds in all three of the losses, including by Carl Frampton in a junior featherweight world title bout and by Oscar Valdez, who went on to win a featherweight world title.
Chris Avalos is committed to win his first title when he challenges Leo Santa Cruz for his featherweight belt.
Editor's Picks Bouts on Oct. 14 separate Abner Mares and Leo Santa Cruz from their desired rematch The much-anticipated rematch between Abner Mares and Leo Santa Cruz must wait, as the two titleholders have separate fights against two tough challengers on Oct. 14.