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Mares Credits Hunter With Helping Tighten Up Defense

Abner Mares, a three-time world champion in different divisions, says he learned a lot from last year's fight against Jhonny Gonzalez, who simultaneously snatched his undefeated record and his World Boxing Council Crown with a first round TKO.

Mares will be part of the card held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, on July 12th. He'll be facing Puerto Rican, Jonathan Oquendo. 

"A loss can help you more than a victory. Time outside the ring helped me a lot to heal from so many tough fights I had in the past."

"I'm anxious to get back, I cannot wait, it will be a great fight. I feel young again. That’s why I changed my team. Now I'm with coach Virgil Hunter and I feel great. He's helped me a lot with working on my defense."

Mares, who is 28 years old, has a professional record of 26-1-1, 14 KO's, while the Puerto Rican boxer has a record of 24-3, 16 KO's.

Meanwhile, Oquendo appreciated the opportunity to fight Mares and knows that if he wins, big fights would come in the future.

"It is an honor and a pleasure. I admire Abner, And I know that his career is not over yet after his last defeat. It will be a very good fight. I will prove I am ready to be the champion," stressed Oquendo.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by T.M.T on 06-28-2014

Mares is a very good fighter. And there's nothing wrong with adding something else to your fight game. Great move in bringing on hunter to help.

Comment by Aztekkas on 06-28-2014

[QUOTE=jas;14704766]He said something along the lines of "you are posing with my belt but you would never be the champion I was" . I heard a caller on thaboxingvoice show mention it.[/QUOTE] That was uncalled for if true. Jhonny is…

Comment by Freedom2016 on 06-28-2014

[QUOTE=jas;14704766]He said something along the lines of "you are posing with my belt but you would never be the champion I was" . I heard a caller on thaboxingvoice show mention it.[/QUOTE] I guess he is still butthurt over being…

Comment by jas on 06-28-2014

[QUOTE=Aztekkas;14704741]What was said? In recent interviews both Mares and Jhonny arent going at each others throats. In fact, when they asked Jhonny if h was being ducked by Mares he rejected the thought. He said he was waiting for Mares…

Comment by Aztekkas on 06-28-2014

[QUOTE=jas;14704560]its a shame he talks sh1t on twitter to jhonny yet ducks him[/QUOTE] What was said? In recent interviews both Mares and Jhonny arent going at each others throats. In fact, when they asked Jhonny if h was being ducked…

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