IBF bantamweight titleholder Abner Mares defends his belt against the man he won it from in August this Saturday night in Anaheim when he faces Joseph Agbeko in a rematch of a controversial fight marred by low blows and bad refereeing. Mares held a media workout on Tuesday in Los Angeles.
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"I'm really looking forward to facing him again. It took a lot away from the championship. Now I just want to go in the ring and perform, beat him again and fight a good fight.
"My last three or four opponents have been champions or world champions, so I think everyone knows what I'm capable of."
"I could have taken some time off or fought someone else. I hope to win the right way so people will give me the credit I deserve."
"It's a world championship fight and it's a great night for the fans. If it goes 12 rounds, let's make it 12 interesting rounds."
"I need to maintain my distance and not fight his fight."
"The knockout comes by itself. We definitely want to throw a lot of punches and aim for his head, but I just want to perform. If the knockout comes, it's comes."
"I'm excited to be fighting back in California. Anaheim has great boxing fans."
"When two warriors face each other all you can expect is a good fight."
"I want to go in there and make a statement in the first two rounds. He's a good fighter and he never gave up in the last fight, so I think the first few rounds will be key."
"I just want to go in there and capitalize and move on. He's a great champion and it should be a great fight. I need to fight smart, box and move onto other fighters."
"He's a well-schooled fighter and he maintained and got back in the fight like a world champion will, but I'm ready to show a different Abner in this fight."
"If you don't risk, you're not going to win."