Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Mares on Donaire: He Got Hit A lot, We Want The Fight!

By Chris Robinson

Last night, at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California, WBO junior featherweight champion Nonito Donaire added the IBF belt to his collection after a commanding victory over awkward South African Jeffrey Mathebula. Registering a knockdown in the fourth round off of a crisp left hand and landing heavy blows throughout the contest, Donaire’s skills were on display as he settled for a unanimous decision victory by scores of 119-108, 118-109, and 117-110.

An interested spectator at the show was WBC championAbner Mares, who admits he had a keen interest on how exactly Donaire, a man he considers a possible future opponent, was going to perform.

“He showed a lot,” Mares would tell me after the fight. “He’s always known for being skillful; he knows how to use the ring. But I think I could give him a good fight.”

Opening more as to why he feels he would be successful versus the unorthodox Donaire, Mares grinned slightly before offering up his response.

“He got hit a lot,” Mares said of Donaire, who came away with a bit of a bruised face after his duel with the 5’11” Mathebula. “A lot of shots that he wasn’t supposed to. It’s a future fight. We definitely are willing to fight this guy, we want this fight, and we’re definitely going to study him.”

The highlight of his bantamweight run being an electrifying knockout over Fernando Montiel in February of 2011, there are those who question if the Fil-Am star has fully brought his power with him to 122 pounds. Against Mathebula he landed several stiffening blows but at times he looked as if he was loading up and looking for one emphatic shot to end the evening.

Mares feels that Donaire may have had tried to press the issue a bit too much in order to secure the stoppage victory.

“Maybe, maybe,” Abner answered. “I think he wants to demonstrate that he still has that KO power at this weight class. But then again, he didn’t get the knockout. But a great performance by him.”

One thing that may hold up a potential Donaire-Mares fight is the fact that the prizefighters are promoted by separate entities in Top Rank and Golden Boy Promotions that are presently in a bit of a cold war. Still, Mares hopes that making the fight is important enough for the two sides to come together and find some kind of resolution.

“I think it can be worked out,” said Mares. “To my belief, I think it should be the first Top Rank-Golden Boy fight that should be made. We really hope so; let’s ask for the promoters to come to an agreement.”

Mares is coming off of a solid win over former flyweight champion Eric Morel on April 21st and he understands that he may have to look outside of Donaire in order to land the meaningful fight that he desires.

“We’re hoping to get a big fight by the end of the year,” said Mares. “If not Nonito, there’s big names in our weight class.”

Recent Coverage from Chris Robinson
CRHarmony YouTube Page for an inside look at the world of boxing in videos
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by LeG00N on 07-09-2012

[QUOTE=Panginoon;12316529]Fight someone of relevance first, then maybe you'll get a shot.[/QUOTE] :lol1: ...........

Comment by Bermuda on 07-09-2012

[QUOTE=ragingvic;12316547]Donaire would run through mares, he got hit a lot coming in against a taller dude w long arms, wont have that problem w mares.[/QUOTE] yup..plus add to the fact that donaire fought a more aggressive fight, which he almost…

Comment by El Mini 6 on 07-09-2012

[QUOTE=Panginoon;12316529]Fight someone of relevance first, then maybe you'll get a shot.[/QUOTE] Lol Your Joking ?

Comment by AIR_KENG on 07-09-2012

Donaire forced the action against Mathebula and he ate a lot of jabs in the process. He did throw a lot of powerful counters but were short because he's just not used fighting taller, longer boxers. But he still dominated…

Comment by garfios on 07-08-2012

[QUOTE=onechance87;12316538]wtf???????????[/QUOTE] that's the new Pinoy excuse, fight someone else we are busy fighting bums...

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (43)
Top Headlines Charlo: Jacobs Exploited Golovkin's Flaws, Better Than Canelo Daily Bread Mailbag: Mayweather-McGregor, Ward-Stevenson Frank Warren on Haye-Ringstar TV Deal, Signings in The UK Aloyan Gets WBC Belt in Second Pro Fight, Fedor Chudinov Wins Wilder's Manager Concerned That Stiverne Missed His Drug Test Mayweather: I Can't Move Like I Did Before, I'm Going Toe To Toe! Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson: Roots of a Success Story Jhonny Gonzalez Blasts Rosales in Two, Wants Miguel Berchelt Deontay Wilder's Manager: It Makes Sense To Fight Luis Ortiz! Miguel Berchelt Wants To Fight Again in 2017, Not Rushing Return Jose Pedraza vs. Mickey Bey in Talks For August 22, Las Vegas Gilberto Ramirez: I Won't Let Jesse Hart Run, I Want Him To Fight Malignaggi: McGregor Can Exploit Things, Have His Moments David Allen Drops, Stops Tom Dallas in Three Rounds Gassiev Sees No Reason For Lebedev Rematch After WBSS Refusal Joe Cortez Helping Conor McGregor Prepare For Floyd Mayweather Mayweather: Believe I Can't Read and Spell? I Made $800 Million! Frank Warren: Mayweather, McGregor - Big Talk, Will They Deliver? Garcia: Non-Title Fight Vs. Broner Still Biggest of Our Careers Mairis Briedis vs. Mike Perez on September 30 in Latvia Top Rank VP: Pacquiao-Horn Was Close, 117-111 Created Issue Lomachenko: I'm Ready To Fight Guillermo Rigondeaux Next! Garcia Expects Broner to Be Biggest Puncher He Has Faced Yarde Would Love To Emulate Roy Jones, Win Title at Heavyweight Amanda Serrano-Edina Kiss: Still Worth a Look on Delay Nikki Adler Confident She'll Hand Claressa Shields Her First Loss Erol Ceylan Discusses The Past, Present and Future of EC Boxing Hatton: Pacquiao Got Old Overnight, When Horn Beats You... Malignaggi: McGregor Has Game Plan, It's Not What People Think Robert Guerrero and Knowing When To Say When Isaac Zarate Drops, Shocks Carlos Carlson To Win Decision Antonio Moran Stops Rosales To Win WBO Regional Title Amanda Serrano Stops Kiss: Cintron, Oquendo Win By KO White Smiles: Mayweather's Kink is Southpaws, McGregor is One Broner vs. Garcia Approved By WBC For The "Diamond Title" De La Hoya: McGregor Can Beat Floyd - With Flying Kick To Head! Manager: McGregor Will Be Best Fighter in History With Upset Win Jorge Linares vs. Luke Campbell Ordered By The WBA Duva: Barrera is One of Several Options For Kovalev's Return Ustinov vs. Oquendo For Vacant WBA Title in Play For October 2
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement