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 Last update:  1/29/2014       Read more by Luis Sandoval            &
Abner Mares Talks Gonzalez Rematch, Potential Surprise
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By Luis Sandoval

An anticipated rematch between Abner Mares and Jhonny Gonzalez which was set for February was cancelled due to an injury sustained by Mares during training. Mares had a rib injury that forced him to withdraw from the fight and now a new date is being discussed.

BoxingScene caught up with Mares as he was in attendance at the Saul Alvarez-Alfredo Angulo press conference in Los Angeles and asked how heís feeling after the injury and the status of the rematch.

ďThe fight right now is postponed. I got hurt during sparring; during my second week of sparring actually. In Mexico City, I was out there training and you know, I wasnít going to give any advantages. I had to take 2 weeks off from training and I wasnít going to do that and still fight. Iím definitely not going in disadvantaged for this fight. If Iím going in there and Iím going to beat Johnny Gonzalez, I have to be at 100%Ē Mares told BoxingScene.

A fighter getting injured and sidelined is nothing new as we see it happen often. Some injuries take longer to recover from but Mares is already feeling much better and despite suffering a setback, he wants to step right back in with Gonzalez and forego any interim fights. Even going further, Mares informs he has been offered other fights and has a surprise in store for us.

ďI want to go in straight man. You know me, Iíve been known for not taking an easy fight in I donít know how long. This is going to be it. Iím going to fight Jhonny [Gonzalez] and hey, Iím getting other fights offered to me that I might take as well. So itís up in the air right now. You guys might be surprised who I end up choosing and itíll be interestingĒ informed Mares.

Showtime Sports Executive Vice President Stephen Espinoza and Golden Boy Promotions are trying to find a new date for this fight. Mares is hopeful they can find a date in April or if not, heíd love to be part of Mayweatherís undercard in May.

ďIím feeling great so far. I mean itís been 3 weeks, going on a month already since it happened. And like I told you guys, it was not a fracture; it was a bruised rib. It was just a punch and I had to take time off and itís got better. I mean from 1 to 100, I feel like Iím at a 98 right now to be honest. Iím back in training and hopefully we can get April if not, the Mayweather undercard would be greatĒ.

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Tags: Abner Mares , Jhonny Gonzalez , Mares vs. Gonzalez , Mares-Gonzalez

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comment by rckdees, on 01-30-2014
said it before the gonzalez fight. mares takes to many punches. his career won't last long, let alone be considered a p4p champ if he doesn't improve his defense.

comment by RINGG, on 01-30-2014
Nothing like your trainer's not thinking you are ready to make you postpone a fight due to an injury.

comment by MDPopescu, on 01-30-2014
Just after Mares got stopped I said that he should take a longer time off... ... I was right.

comment by jas, on 01-30-2014
jhonny is gonna land his left hook eventually.....

comment by Sweden2716, on 01-30-2014
I do not know why anybody wants to see Alexander fight, he quit against Bradley and is one if not the most boring fighters there is and I am using the word fighter loosely. He is perfect for insomnia. zzzzzzzzzzz

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