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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