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Photos and Quotes: Abner Mares and August 13 Undercard Fighters at Media Workout

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(All photos by Gene Blevins - Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions)


"Training has been going perfect. This fight is really big for me - it's for a world championship, it's for the SHOWTIME Bantamweight Tournament, it can lead to bigger fights and I'm headlining in Vegas - so what else could I ask for?

"Training was different this time than it was for April 23. I know I'm getting ready for the same guy, but we made the camp completely different. We went down to Mexico to train and we switched gyms. It's all new faces in there sparring and it went really quick. I feel like we just started camp last week.


"He (Joseph) always trains hard and I know he'll be ready. He's a champion, but I want his belt.

"Everyone got invited to join this tournament but, for whatever reason, not everyone accepted. We fought the best, we fought hard fights and the winner deserves to be recognized as the best bantamweight in the world.

"There are a lot of fights out there and I want to make them, but I have to beat Joseph first. I want to fight the best and, right now, Joseph has the belt."




"Training went great, but I still have a lot of work to do. It's not going to be an easy fight. I'm in the best shape of my life and ready for next week.

"I don't think there is a rivalry between David and I. It's a long drive from Oxnard to Santa Ana.

"The only difference between us is he has lost and I haven't. He's going to try to take my undefeated record away and I'm not going to let him. I've worked too hard to keep an undefeated record to lose it."

"It's my first fight at 10 rounds, so we've put in a lot more work, but we're adapting to 10 rounds of sparring and everything is going as planned.

"Ten and 12-round fights are where all the good opponents are and I want to be known as one of those guys. I'm slowly working my way to get to that point, to get to the top of the division."



"I jumped into Victor's (Ortiz) training camp as he has a pretty big fight coming up [Sept. 17 against Floyd Mayweather, Jr.]. He motivates me and I push him as well.

"I can get motivated for any fight. I think his record speaks for itself. He hasn't lost yet, but do I think he's fought anyone as tough as me? I don't think so.

"I've never been in a boring fight and I won't be on Aug. 13. I like to give the fans their money's worth.

"I never duck anyone. He may be undefeated but he's never faced anyone like me."



"It's been a good training camp. I've been training with Abner, so it's been going great. Whenever you train with someone who is going for a world title, there is that added intensity.

"I've been sparring with all kinds of different styles. I'm ready for anyone.

"It's been a long layoff. I haven't fought since last November. It's been frustrating, so I'm going to take out my frustration on my opponent."