Although the quality of Mares vision is the source of great debate, California has cleared him. Mares last fought in August 2015 at Staples Center, losing a majority decision to Leo Santa Cruz for the WBA super featherweight belt. Cuellar wears the secondary WBA world featherweight belt. In an interview with The Times in August, Mares said those concerned for him shouldnt compare his case to that of former champion Israel Vazquez, who is in danger of losing his eye at age 38. Vazquez has said he didnt take care of the problems he had over [multiple] surgeries in both eyes,Mares said. Ive only had one surgery done. And if Ive ever felt anything since, I always go to the doctor. I get myself checked, even in sparring, from pink-eye or red-eye from a glove. Im strict. I had a detached retina in 2008.
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