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Mares Holds Nose Over Gary Russell's Next Fight, Wants Title Shot

Abner Mares, a former three division champion, has no problem with taking a very tough fight in his first ring return from injury.

Mares was scheduled to face WBA super featherweight champion Gervonta Davis earlier this year, but he was forced to withdraw due to a serious eye injury.

The Mexican boxer, 33-years-old, is no stranger to eye injuries. He had a detached retina to his left eye in 2008, and the same injury has now happened to his right eye.

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But he expects to return to the ring this coming fall.

Mares underwent surgery and he recently received some positive news from his doctor.

“I will be back this year for sure,” Mares said to Premier Boxing Champions. “Our estimated time, I hope, is September, the latest, October.”

“I just saw my ophthalmologist yesterday to get updates on my eye and it looks good. “He had some really good news. The progress since surgery has been great. It’s mainly about recovery for me. I’m telling you from experience because I’ve had an eye injury in 2008. The same injury. Eleven years later, I’m still fighting. That’s all I have to say. I will be back. People need to understand. It’s like any injury. An open wound. You need to let it heal and close. We’re just waiting to be 100%.”

And Mares has his sights set on facing WBC featherweight champion Gary Russell Jr - who returns next month in defense against Kiko Martinez.

Mares has no idea why Russell is facing someone like Martinez and wonders why he doesn't face top competition.

“It’s not anything against him, he’s a great fighter, but he should be fighting top-notch opponents like myself,” Mares said. “I don't know why he’s not doing that. He fights once every two years for some reason. I don’t know if it’s because he doesn’t like boxing. I don’t know why. I don’t know why.

“Nothing against the guy, but [Martinez is] a dude who was stopped by Leo Santa Cruz. Why would you want to fight someone at that level? I just don’t get it. If you want to be considered one of the best you gotta fight the best. Hopefully when I come back he’ll be available and he’ll consider fighting me."

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Squ□redCircle34 on 05-01-2019

Wants a cash out check but kept chasing after feather dusting punching Santa Cruz instead of Mr Gary Russell jr cuz he knows what awaits him! Now he knows he’s done and wants a cash out fight! Shame

Comment by Bronx2245 on 05-01-2019

Sorry Abner! You had plenty of time to make that happen, but you didn't! Why?

Comment by STREET CLEANER on 05-01-2019

[QUOTE=kidaguilar;19705815]Stop talking man, you sound really ignorant. Darchinyan, Agbeko, De Leon, Perez, Moreno, Cuellar are all quality fighters.[/QUOTE] He lost the Darchinyan fight and pounded Agbeko balls all night. Cuellar has not balance. So the only good win he has…

Comment by Boxing Hero on 05-01-2019

[QUOTE=kidaguilar;19705815]Stop talking man, you sound really ignorant. Darchinyan, Agbeko, De Leon, Perez, Moreno, Cuellar are all quality fighters.[/QUOTE] Ponce, Gonzales and Leo are the only fighter on there worth mentioning. All those other guys were ment to be padded by…

Comment by Rip Chudd on 05-01-2019

[QUOTE=kidaguilar;19705815]Stop talking man, you sound really ignorant. Darchinyan, Agbeko, De Leon, Perez, Moreno, Cuellar are all quality fighters.[/QUOTE] Don't mind people on here man, they aren't really boxing fans

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