Mares To Fight on March 7 NBC/Haymon Card

THREE-TIME WORLD CHAMPION ABNER MARES TO FIGHT ON BLOCKBUSTER CARD IN “PBC ON NBC” DEBUT LIVE IN PRIMETIME ON SATURDAY, MARCH 7

Mares To Face Arturo Santos Reyes From The MGM Grand Garden Arena In Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (Feb. 12, 2015) – Former three-division world champion Abner Mares (28-1-1, 15 KOs) returns to the ring to face 2008 Mexican Olympian Arturo Santos Reyes (18-4, 5 KOs) on Saturday, March 7 live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas in the primetime debut of the Premier Boxing Champions series on NBC and NBCSN.

The fight is part of the blockbuster card promoted by Goossen Promotions featuring Keith Thurman vs. Robert Guerrero and Adrien Broner vs. John Molina, Jr. that will air live on NBC (8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT).

The Mares-Reyes bout will be televised live on Saturday, March 7, on the NBC show (8:30 – 11 p.m. ET) or on the NBCSN telecast (11 p.m. ET).

Marv Albert will call the fights in primetime on NBC alongside analyst “Sugar” Ray Leonard, the six-time world champion and 1976 Olympic gold medalist. Al Michaels will host.

“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to fight in Las Vegas on March 7,” said Mares. “This is a fantastic card that is great for me and great for the sport of boxing. I look forward to putting on a show for the fans and winning impressively.”

“It’s a big honor to get this fight against Abner Mares and to be fighting at MGM Grand in Las Vegas,” said Reyes. “Mares is a great fighter. I know what he brings to the table. But I’m going to give it my all on March 7 and shock the boxing world.”

The 29-year-old Mares looks to stay at the top of the featherweight division when he steps into the ring on March 7. Born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico and fighting out of Downey, Calif., Mares first tasted world championship gold in 2011 when he beat Joseph Agbeko to win the bantamweight world title. He continued his rise up the pound-for-pound list with wins over Anselmo Moreno and Daniel Ponce De Leon to win world titles at super bantamweight and featherweight respectively. He suffered his only defeat in a shocking loss to Jhonny Gonzalez but has rebounded nicely with back-to-back wins and now looks to return to the top of the sport.

An accomplished amateur from Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico, Reyes makes his U.S. debut on March 7 with a chance to immediately make a name for himself stateside. The 29-year-old was a silver medalist at the Junior World Championships in 2004 and he would go on to represent his country at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Reyes turned pro in 2009 and racked up victories in his first five outings. Fighting almost exclusively in Mexico, he defeated Khabir Suleymanov in 2012 for the super bantamweight title. Most recently Reyes went on the road and lost to Simpiwe Vetyeka in his native South Africa for the vacant international featherweight title. He returns to the ring looking to make an immediate impact in his U.S. debut.

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COMMENTS

-deepwater2 :

Wow another great match up. Someone said we should be kissing tsAH's butt and maybe he is right. I can't wait to see Mares in there against a boxer with only 5 knockouts and 4 losses.


-stormcentre :

Wow another great match up. Someone said we should be kissing tsAH's butt and maybe he is right. I can't wait to see Mares in there against a boxer with only 5 knockouts and 4 losses.
Is he doomed to lose and useless D2? Sorry . . I haven't heard of him (Arturo Santos Reyes) before and probably shoulda checked. How can Reyes be "from "the MGM Grand area? Is the dude homeless . . . like Mickey Rourke's last can?


-stormcentre :

OK got it - dude (on paper) can't punch. You're a hard man. But I love the humor. We've condemned him before he's started. That said, chances are . . . Mares will probably blow right throw him like's an oil rig working Russian roughneck on the last night of his week off that's spent with a "love-me-longtime" Pat Pong road special. Mares - when he's on the ball - is a pretty good operator. Not really the sort of featherweight you want to be in with if; a) You have fought the last 5 guys that Reyes has tangled with. b) You don't have any sleeping pills in at least one of your hands. Anyway, stranger things have happened. Time will tell.


-deepwater2 :

Is he doomed to lose and useless D2? Sorry . . I haven't heard of him (Arturo Santos Reyes) before and probably shoulda checked. How can Reyes be "from "the MGM Grand area? Is the dude homeless . . . like Mickey Rourke's last can?
He is doomed to lose but he does have his use. tsAH likes to look at the rankings and instead of looking in the top 20 boxers in a weight class he looks a bit further. Reyes is ranked number 35 and just lost his last fight. So yes he is useful to mares who can beat him down for a few rounds and then give a boastful interview on national TV. Where is the Jhonny Gonzales rematch? Where is a live opponent in the top 20 at least? How about matching Mares against Marvin Sonsona,or Gradovich,or even Wilfredo Vazquez Jr or Dib? This fight is another exhibition and not an even match on national TV no less.