Abner Mares Eyes Nonito Donaire in Super Bantam Clash

By Salvador Rodriguez

Abner Mares (23-0-1, 13KOs) is looking for bigger names and bigger game at super bantamweight. As reported earlier this week, Mares vacated his IBF bantamweight title and faces Eric Morel of Puerto Rico on April 21 in Mexico City. The IBF wanted Mares to fight mandatory Vusi Malinga, but none of the American television networks were interested in picking up the contest.

"Becoming a world champion was very hard, but we've reached a stage where we decide things that are better for us and that's what the team selected, to move up to 122-pounds. We've seen all of the fighters at super bantamweight and I'm excited because there are no bad fighters. Personally, I would like a fight against Nonito Donaire, because they say he's the best, but there are others on the list Fernando Montiel, Victor Terrazas, Jorge Arce, Wilfredo Vazquez, Guillermo Rigondeaux and others like my opponent, Eric Morel," Mares said.

Abner said there is every chance that his upcoming fight in Mexico City will take place in the new arena, which is expected to be inaugurated by Juan Manuel Marquez on the 14th of April.

"It is a new stage in my career, I like challenges and excitement," Mares said.

Meanwhile, Frank Espinoza Jr., manager of Mares, said it is easier to make fights with opponents like Morel, because of the issues that exist between promotional companies Golden Boy and Top Rank, who promote Arce, Donaire, Vazquez and Rigondeaux.

Salvador Rodriguez covers boxing in Mexico for The Record.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by richardt on 02-11-2012

Elotero has been owned by facts. Talk about spinning something. Unfortunately for Elotero, some people actually know something about boxing and the careers of Nonito and Mares and saw right through the lame twist Elotero tried to put on those…

Comment by bluetuazon on 02-11-2012

[QUOTE=Elotero;11768209]IMO, the D w/ Perez and beating Darch/King Kong x2 is much greater experience wise than Nonito's career. Nonito took Darch 0 and got a good [B]knockdown[/B] on an aged Montiel, but that's about it. I don't really count his…

Comment by bluetuazon on 02-11-2012

[QUOTE=DempseyRollin;11768126]mares couldnt even beat vic by wide ud. what makes u think he could do that?[/QUOTE] u beat me into

Comment by iloveboxing2 on 02-11-2012

Sorry Abner, if you are as smart as Bradley, it will happen but for now it's just wishful thinking. Donaire/Rigo is more realistic.

Comment by Alpha & Omega on 02-10-2012

Well wear your steel cup Nonito because the king ball smasher is coming for you lol. Mares should be banned from the sport if his bs continues. I have never seen someone hit people in the balls more than him,…

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