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 Last update:  12/22/2013       Read more by BIGPOPPAPUMP         
Abner Mares: Everyone Fears Rigondeaux, But I'd Fight Him
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By Miguel Rivera

Former three division world champion Abner Mares (26-1-1, 14KOs) has no fear of challenging WBA/WBO super bantamweight king Guillermo Rigondeaux (13-0, 8KOs).

In August, Mares suffered his first career defeat to Jhonny Gonzalez. The fight was over quickly, with Gonzalez catching Mares and stopping him in the very first round to capture the WBC featherweight crown.

A rematch between Mares and Gonzalez is scheduled for February 15th at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. If he gets revenge on Gonzalez, Mares would be more than happy to get in the ring with Rigondeaux.

"God willing we'll beat Jhonny Gonzalez and then we want Leo Santa Cruz or Guillermo Rigondeaux. Nobody mentions [Rigondeaux] because everyone is afraid of him, but I'm not. I would fight him. I know he is slippery, a complicated fighter, but nobody is invincible," Mares said.

"I'm willing to go down to bantamweight. He says he does not want to move up in weight, but I'm not afraid. I'm among one of the few who would face him, but others turn their backs and go the other way because of his style, but I would look for a way to win."

But the first thing Mares has to do is beat Gonzalez, and he does not underestimate the challenge.

"As the fight plays out, [Gonzalez] will continue to have a strong punch and he will continue to be a difficult opponent and dangerous. I am a fighter who likes to trade punches, so this is going to be an interesting fight," Mares said.

Tags: Guillermo Rigondeaux , Abner Mares


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comment by Motofan, on 12-23-2013
Abner must not read NSB. According to this site pound for pound no fighter in history could beat Rigo if they were the same size. All that from a pro career that consists of one good win where he still got dropped (not his first time getting knocked down as a pro with very few fights), exposure t...

comment by Ringlife, on 12-23-2013
I would like to see Rigondeaux fight under GBP and fight guys like the Mares vs Gonzalez 2 winner or Cruz. He has one more fight with Top Rank hope these fights happen in the future.

comment by Trudoe, on 12-23-2013
Mares is "The Little Engine That Could." I truly believe this kid will fight anybody anywhere. Just loves to fight, and that's why I love watching him fight. You know he's coming in to give it everything.

comment by Mike_Tyson23, on 12-23-2013
But you need to beat Johnny Gonzales before you challenge Rigo. I think Rigo beats him via UD. If Rigo beats him he now have two great wins against two former pound for pound boxers.

comment by nycsmooth, on 12-23-2013
most don't fear Rigo, they can't hit him...Rigo beats Mares, but if Jhonny hits Mares, 4get the fight..

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