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Abner Mares Hopes To Face Top Rank's Featherweights

By Edward Chaykovsky

Former three division champion Abner Mares (26-1-1, 14KOs) will return this coming Saturday night against Jonathan Oquendo (24-3, 16KOs) as part of the Saul Alvarez-Erislandy Lara undercard from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The fight will be Mares' first since last August's first round knockout defeat to Jhonny Gonzalez.

Mares was initially planning to move up to 130-pounds in May, as part of the Mayweather-Maidana card, against WBC champion Takashi Miura. But then Mares changed his mind and decided to stay at 126-pounds.

Most of the top featherweights, like champions Nonito Donaire, Nicholas Walters, Evgeny Gradovich and Vasyl Lomachenko, are being promoted by Top Rank. Now that Top Rank and Golden Boy Promotions are willing to work with each other, Mares hopes to face some of their fighters.

"Obviously, you've heard the news, my promoter, Golden Boy Promotions is looking to work with Top Rank in fights in the future and, look, they have great fighters, great champions, so I feel very comfortable at 126 right now. That's what I have in front of me right now and I have an opponent that I'm concentrating on him. But at the time [I considered a move to 130], at the time maybe I was thinking with my heart and not with the mind," Mares said.

"I want to go in for the fourth division, but sometimes when you think with the heart only, it can run into mistakes and it could cost you. It could have cost me a loss right there. So, right now, I'm making the weight very comfortable. I'm very happy at 126 and we're going to continue here."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Mikhnienko on 07-06-2014

[QUOTE=sugarsmosley;14730109]have mares vs. gradovich, he probably wins that fight and wins IBF title... against weakest champ but it would be a huge unification w/ either donaire or loma.... mares vs. donaire is 50/50, while loma sinks mares and TKOs him[/QUOTE]…

Comment by DannYankee on 07-06-2014

[QUOTE=Aztekkas;14730071]Yeah but I'm still a fan. If he never rematches Gonzalez then of course that will lessen my admiration for his craft but I'm waiting to see how he returns. Truth of the matter is he got knocked the heck…

Comment by Mikhnienko on 07-06-2014

How about fighting the Golden Boy boxer who already beat you at the weight or does that make too much sense Abner?

Comment by PACnPBFsuck on 07-06-2014

Mares vs Gradovich is a 50/50 fight, Donaire, Loma and Walters all smoke Mares.

Comment by sugarsmosley_ on 07-06-2014

have mares vs. gradovich, he probably wins that fight and wins IBF title... against weakest champ but it would be a huge unification w/ either donaire or loma.... mares vs. donaire is 50/50, while loma sinks mares and TKOs him

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