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Mares Willing To Face Russell, Warrington, Frampton, Valdez

By Miguel Rivera

The recent loss to Leo Santa Cruz in a vibrant battle at the Staples Center in Los Angeles has not left former world champion Abner Mares out of the mix.

Mares intends to prove that he's still part of the elite group of boxers at 126-pounds when he returns in the final quarter of the year.

Mares mentioned names such as Carl Frampton, Gary Russell, Oscar Valdez, Josh Warrington and even Joseph Diaz, as well as Santa Cruz, as possibilities for the future.

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Mares is already planning to resume his physical activities, because he does not want to lose his rhythm.

"Obviously you feel sad because it was not the result we wanted, but they are fights where you do not really lose much. Surprisingly I've won over a lot of fans and we made it clear that we belong to this level, not because of the result. I'm not out of the elite, and I'm going to show that in my next fight," said to ESPN Deportes.

"I'm in a division where nobody turns away from anyone and that's good, because recently Golden Boy worked with Al Haymon, and so we can face Joseph Diaz, why not think about a fight with Oscar Valdez, Gary Russell, Carl Frampton, Josh Warrington, the third with Leo... there are possibilities and as of October I am ready for whatever," Mares said.

Abner, who remained with a record of 31-3-1 and 15 knockouts after losing again with Santa Cruz, considered that he could get a little more in the fight on the part of the judges.

"I could talk a whole day about the points in the fight, about the judges, the fact that they gave the unanimous victory when it was a very close fight. In the end I prefer that the people won and that I still receive very positive comments about my performance," said Mares.

"We took a break, deserved I think, but it's time to return to the gym with some light work so I don't lose my good form."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Bitumul24 on 06-25-2018

I think Jesus Rojas can beat anybody at 126. That is the reason no body mention his name. Now he will face JoJo Díaz August 11 And mark my world Rojas wil KO Diaz.

Comment by Shadoww702 on 06-25-2018

[QUOTE=DJrabit;18889866]Mares will loss against all of them. Mares esteem went up when he won against cuellar but cuellar was never that good.[/QUOTE] Highly doubt it. He cant beat Russel Jr. or Leo but the rest I give 50/50.

Comment by DJrabit on 06-25-2018

Mares will loss against all of them. Mares esteem went up when he won against cuellar but cuellar was never that good.

Comment by Mastrangelo on 06-25-2018

Warrior. Would love to see Oscar Valdez fight.

Comment by Bronx2245 on 06-25-2018

Before he lost, he only wanted Frampton or Selby. Now he's mentioning Russell Jr.! That's a first! Hopefully Russell Jr. vs. Santa Cruz is next! Mares vs. Jo Jo Diaz would be a good one too!

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