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Nacho Beristain: It Was Painful To Watch Mares Get KO'd

By Rick Reeno

Trainer Nacho Beristain had mixed emotions when he saw Jhonny Gonzalez (55-8, 47KOs) stop Abner Mares (26-1-1, 14KOs) in the first round of their fight on Saturday night at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. Nacho, who currently trains Gonzalez, is the former trainer for Mares and the two of them were very close. During the first round action, Gonzalez caught Mares with his big left hand to send him down once. And then it didn't take long for Gonzalez to drop him hard for a second time to reclaim the WBC featherweight crown. 

"I knew it wasn't going to go the distance. I know Abner very well, I trained him for many years. He was with me for some time. I know Abner's qualities and I know Jhonny hits very hard, he has a big punch. Realistically for me, it hurt to see Abner on the floor. It hurt me very much. I have a lot of affection for him. He was with me for a long time. It was very painful to see that happen to him," Nacho said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Ray Corso on 08-26-2013

From a teacher to his student I'm sure it was painfull to watch! The KO is nothing to be ashamed of it happens and it happens often to Jhonnys opponents! The shots were on target and extremely meaningfull and Jhonny…

Comment by Brockton Lip on 08-26-2013

[QUOTE=hitking;13683490]I think Mares is gonna have a tough time rebounding from this. He has a limited skill set and relies heavily on that blood-n-guts warrior crap. His sense of invincibility is gone. He might consider going back to Nacho to…

Comment by Bigg Rigg on 08-26-2013

[QUOTE=hitking;13683490]I think Mares is gonna have a tough time rebounding from this. He has a limited skill set and relies heavily on that blood-n-guts warrior crap. His sense of invincibility is gone. He might consider going back to Nacho to…

Comment by whoseyourdaddy on 08-26-2013

[QUOTE=iloveboxing2;13684147]Abner is a good fighter and has the potential to be one of the best but a little bit overrated for his age before the fight, just like Nacho, I feel sad to see the kid got KO'd to early…

Comment by whoseyourdaddy on 08-26-2013

[QUOTE=Boxing Goat;13683862]It's funny how fast a fighter gets sh*t on after a loss. It's as if they never did anything the second they lose. It's sad boxing fans are so cruel.[/QUOTE] Is because they're no boxing fans, they are haters…

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