2011-12-03 Abner Mares w pts 12 Joseph Agbeko, Honda Centre, Anaheim, California, USA - IBF

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2011-12-03 Abner Mares w pts 12 Joseph Agbeko, Honda Centre, Anaheim, California, USA - IBF. Referee: Lou Moret. Scorecards: 118-110, 118-119, 118-110.

After Mares relinquished the IBF title on 9 February 2012 in order to move up to junior feather, Leo Santa Cruz and Vusi Malinga were matched to find a successor. While Santa Cruz was unbeaten in 20 fights, 11 of them coming inside the distance, Malinga had beaten Michael Domingo (w pts 12 at the University Hall, Mafikeng, South Africa on 26 November 2010) to win an eliminator, but had remained inactive.