Jhonny Gonzalez: I Don't View This as My Final Chance
Abner Mares is looking forward to putting his unbeaten record on the line when he makes the first defence of his WBC featherweight title against Jhonny Gonzalez in Carson, California on Saturday night.
Mexican Mares became a three-weight champion when he stopped Daniel Ponce De Leon in the ninth round of their title fight in April.
And with a solitary draw blotting an otherwise perfect 27-fight pro career, Mares goes into the clash against former champion Gonzalez a heavy favourite.
However, the 27-year-old has full respect for the challenger, who made four successful defences of the belt before losing to Ponce De Leon.
"I won't disappoint, I promise you a great fight like I always do," said Mares. "This is another tough fight, but I want to fight nothing but the best.
"Champion, ex-world champion, whoever you bring, whoever the fans want me to fight, you know I'll fight. I like and admire Jhonny Gonzalez.
"I like his style of fighting and know his camp because 'Nacho' Beristain was my trainer for three years. I know the style and it's nothing but finesse and nothing but pureness.
"I'm ready to experience coming out and putting on a real show for the fans.''
Gonzalez (54-8), who also held the WBO bantamweight title earlier in his career, still carries a threat in both fists with 46 stoppage wins to his credit.
"The question I've been asked the most is if I am looking at this as my last chance at the big time," said the 31-year-old from Mexico. "Well, I am not. One way to stop getting this question from the media is to win on Saturday.
"Every fighter wants to get a shot at the world title, and then to win it, but my body feels good and I still feel I have a lot of fight left in me. I'm not looking ahead, but I can see a possible move to super featherweight in the future.
"I may have more knockouts than he has fights but he had such a great amateur career than I think we are tied when it comes to experience.
"I am sure the biggest winners will be the fans and the sport of boxing because this fight is going to be a total war.''