After guiding Amir Khan to an impressive, if clinch-filled, win over Luis Collazo on the Floyd Mayweather - Marcos Maidana pay-per-view undercard on May 3, Virgil Hunter has added to his growing stable of boxers. Three-division titleholder Abner Mares has decided to join forces with Hunter according to RingTV.com, becoming part of Hunter's clan that includes Khan, Andre Ward, and Alfredo Angulo.
Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer informed RingTV of the move.
"I was informed that he recently made a shift in trainer to Virgil Hunter, and, so he wants to make sure that he has enough time to properly prepare to train," said Schaefer. "June 21 is only about six weeks away, so it was just a bit too much of a rush, he wants to make sure that when he makes his comeback, that he's properly prepared."
This move comes on the heels of Mares' first loss, a stunning first round TKO at the hands of Jhonny Gonzalez last August. A rematch between the two has been discussed off and on several times, but nothing has come to fruition. Mares also considered moving up to junior lightweight earlier this year, but that didn't happen either.
Hunter has become one of the most polarizing figures in boxing over the past couple of years. Some praise him highly for his work with Andre Ward. Others insist that Ward is simply a special talent, and Hunter adds nothing significant. Hunter's gameplan for Khan's battle with Collazo appeared to be an effective one. Khan resorted to more holding than usual, but it got the job done. Collazo, a good boxer, was neutralized throughout most of the fight.
But, stylistically, Mares is much different than either Ward or Khan. Will that matter? Do you think it's a good move by Mares to team up with Hunter?