Mares looking to get back into the win column

Al Bello

After almost a year out of the ring, Abner Mares is looking to shake off the rust and get back into the title hunt.

When Abner Mares entered the ring last August to make his first defense of the WBC Featherweight Belt against Jhonny Gonzalez, Mares was the overwhelming favorite. After less than one round and a barrage of Gonzalez left hooks, Gonzalez exited the ring with the belt and Mares's "0". Following his first professional loss, an immediate rematch was scheduled for February of this year and then canceled because Mares suffered a rib injury during training camp. Since then, Mares has scrapped plans for an immediate rematch against Gonzalez, and turned down fights against Mike Oliver and Takashi Miura. On Saturday, Mares (24(14)-1(1)-1) will face off against Jonathan Oquendo (24(16)-3(2) ) in the co-feature bout of the the Canelo Alvarez-Erislandy Lara Showtime PPV card.

This will be Mare's first fight under the tutelage of  trainer Virgil Hunter, who is best known for working Andre Ward. Hunter was brought in to work on Mares's defense:

"That is one of the top reasons why we are here and we needed that," Mares said. "That was shown even in the fight before the Ponce fight (against Moreno). I think I boxed somewhat good, but still was getting caught with some punches. So, there's still room for progress, there's still room for learning. I feel like I've done so much yet I can do some more."

Though Mares has not ruled out avenging his loss to Gonzalez down the line, he is focused on Oquendo.

"This fight is no walk in the park. Jonathan is a warrior and that's why I trained very hard," he said. "I'm here to make a statement."

Oquendo has more tallied more knockouts (16) than Mares (14), but Mares has more wins over quality opponents- Daniel Ponce De Leon (TKO9), Anselmo Moreno (UD12), Eric Morel (UD12), Joseph Agbeko (MD12, UD12), Vic Darchinyan (SD12). Oquendo was knocked out against his best two opponents- Wilfredo Vasquez, Jr., and Juan Manuel Lopez.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Bad Left Hook

You must be a member of Bad Left Hook to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Bad Left Hook. You should read them.

Join Bad Left Hook

You must be a member of Bad Left Hook to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Bad Left Hook. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_5349_tracker