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Abner Mares injured, out of Gervonta Davis fight

There are reportedly three replacements in the running

Leo Santa Cruz v Abner Mares Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images
Patrick Stumberg is a freelance writer for SB Nation, first joining the network in 2011 before linking up with Bad Left Hook in 2015.

Abner Mares is out of his February 9th title shot against Gervonta Davis, having suffered an injury in training. The show will go on, with The Ring’s Mike Coppinger reporting that “[t]hree different replacement foes [are] being explored.” No word yet on who those three might be.

Mares and Davis went at it on Instagram instead.

This development will almost certainly displease Leonard Ellerbe, who posted this yesterday.

This was already a mismatch based on Mares’ lack of size, so I can only imagine what they’ll cobble together on less than two weeks’ notice. Mario Barrios vs. Richard Zamora and Javier Fortuna vs. Sharif Bogere aren’t enough to carry a show. According to Dan Rafael, the new opponent could be announced “as soon as [this] afternoon.”

My suggestion: have him fight Fortuna and literally don’t even bother with weigh-ins. If anyone’s got a better idea, feel free to share it.

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