Photos: Abner Mares Putting in Work For Jhonny Gonzalez

By Chris Robinson stepped inside of the Elite Mixed Martial Arts Academy in Santa Fe Springs, Calif. as WBC featherweight champion Abner Mares (26-0-1, 14 KO’s) boxed with junior lightweight prospect Luis Martinez ahead of his Aug. 24 clash with former champion Jhonny Gonzalez.

Mares faces off with Gonzalez in a Showtime attraction from the StubHub Center in nearby Carson in what will serve as the first defense of his new title.

Mares won his WBC bauble with a resounding 10th round TKO over Daniel Ponce De Leon this past May in Las Vegas after moving up in weight and has stamped himself as one of the rising stars in the sport.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by chargerhemi06 on 08-12-2013

Mares is definitely the next Manny pacquiao...punching power, brawler, excellent chin, a little sloppy at times, and fights with heart. Mark my words...

Comment by illmaticfighter on 08-12-2013

mares is def p4p he just keeps stacking up quality wins

Comment by royjonesjrKTFO on 08-12-2013

Gary Russell needs to step up and fight a top contender, at least.

Comment by Carlos Alberto on 08-12-2013

[QUOTE=STAX ON DECK;13641964]He needs to man up and fight russell[/QUOTE] WTF? Russell is good but he just rejected a fight against a fighter Mares just KTFO!!!

Comment by Boxing Bob on 08-12-2013

[QUOTE=STAX ON DECK;13641964]He needs to man up and fight russell[/QUOTE] Anything can happen, but right now I would favor Mares

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