Jhonny Gonzales Drops and Stops Abner Mares

BY Michael Woods ON August 24, 2013
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Jhonny Gonzalez

Gonzalez vs MaresGonzalesAbner Mares has been on a hot run, elevating himself onto pound for pound lists. But in the main event at the StubHub Center in Carson, CA, on Saturday night, on Showtime, foe Jhonny Gonzalez pulled the plug on that talk, stopping Mares in round one with vicious left hooks. The ending came at 2:55 of the first.

Jhonny said after to Jim Gray that only trainer Nacho Beristain believed he could win. He said after the first knockdown, he knew he wanted to finish him off. Was experience the difference? He said Mares will be a champ again, but tonight was his night. Mares then spoke to Gray, after Jhonny wished him well, and Mares congratulated him, and offered a classy smile while doing so. "I'm good, I'm good, you win some, you lose some," he said. He said he wants not just a good record but wants to fight the best, if that means a rematch, or another, tougher opponent. "I was alright but the ref did his job, he did his job, I respect that," he said, when asked about the knockdowns. He told his oldest daughter that he was OK.

Golden Boy promoted the event.

The WBC featherweight champ Mares (age 27; living in CA, born in Mexico), a 2004 Olympian for Mexico, entered at 26-0-1. Jhonny (age 31; from Mexico; 14 year vet; former bantam and feather champ) entered at 54-8.

You have to root for Mares, a three division champion, growing up so poor there was times the family had to dumpster dive for food. He was familiar with Jhonny, having helped him with sparring five years ago.

A left hook sent Mares down and he was up at 30 seconds. He went down, on his back, and the ref waved it off after a two count.

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Check back for David Avila's ringside report.

Comment on this article

brownsugar says:

Wow! Great thing for the G fighter, but the ref was a fast-stop wuzzy. It is da hurt bitnezz, danggit! Let the pugilist go out on his shield. Mares was not ready to yield. And this was not a play on a Yank football field. The play is not over just because you get knocked down. Mares could've gotten up and in a round or two, and turned JG into a pathetic clown.

Mare should have had a rematch clause in the fight contract. Holla!


The ref told Mares he saw his eyes roll up in his head (the whites of his eyes). I wanted to see what would happen when Mares got heated up and Gonzales slowed down a bit...disappointing ending but I think Gonzales would have trapped him in the corner again.

amayseng says:

yea i agree radam there is a ten count for a reason, he two counted and then called it off...

the round was over, if mares got up could he have his senses back for round two is the question.

great fight though


man what a left hook, he feinted going with a left body hook and in the same motion landed a left hook to

the jaw,

thats a professional at the top of his craft right there.

SouthPaul says:

The stoppage wasn't all that bad. No need to risk letting a young lion suffer possible long term damage. Dust himself off-- live to fight another day.

the Roast says:

Thats what you call a stunning upset. Mares was in a bad way when the fight was stopped. The ref did his job. Protect the fighter. Mares had no problem with the stoppage so we shouldn't either. That left hook was a bomb. Mares never saw it coming. Those are the ones that get you. Hats off to Jhonny Gonzales. I didn't think he had a chance. Class from both fighters after the fight. That's how it goes sometimes. Sometimes you're up, and sometimes you're down.

Radam G says:

The manatory eight count should be enforced. It was five seconds left in the round. The referees are worst than judges are sometimes. In this day and time of boxing, the boxers and seconds are the weakest links. I remember not too long back in da day, cornermen would cuss a ref out and force him to let the fighter continue. Kemit Cinton got knocked the double fudge out one time, took the count and then he and his cornermen cussed the ref out and claimed a butt. The ref bytched out and let the fight continue. Cintron ended up with a gift draw to Sergio Martinez.

Danggit! I remember when I was a rugrat that Bobby Chacon would be knocked down and get up knocked out on his feet, and his corner would cuss out the ref and make him not stop the match.

This New Jack refereeing by doing a count to one or two, and stopping syet oughta quit. It is legal mayhem. Let the muthasucka be hit. And hit! And hit! Then make a fake-@$$ movie: "You couldn't knock me out, Ray." Holla!

the Roast says:

Mares sealed his own fate. 20 seconds were left in the round after the knockdown and count. 20 seconds. He should have grabbed Gonzales. Threw him down, hit him low, took a knee, told him his shoe was untied, anything. Mares is a fighter. His instinct was to fight back and he did. He can get a rematch. It's not the end of the world. No shame in this defeat. He got caught. It happens.

SouthPaul says:

And, like you said in the first post...Mares himself had no problem with the stoppage ...neither could remember what hit him until he watched the replay. Solid stoppage specially since the ref hasn't got the benefit like those of us seeing it from all angles from the tv coverage. Classic fight, though, enjoyed that....

SouthPaul says:

And, like you said in the first post...Mares himself had no problem with the stoppage ...neither could remember what hit him until he watched the replay. Solid stoppage specially since the ref hasn't got the benefit like those of us seeing it from all angles from the tv coverage. Good feed back though from everyone on he TSS forum. Good mention about Bobby Chacon, Radam. Cali legend!

Radam G says:

No way JG gives him a rematch anytime soon, if at all. His trainer Beristain doesn't want that. Just as he convinced -- rightfully so -- Hulkquez not to rematch with Da Manny. You gotta know when to walk away. Holla!

bigstinkybug says:

[COLOR="#800000">*I missed the fight, but I had just mentioned how world class Jonnhy Gonzalez power is... this kinda stuff isn't new to Johnny, he seems to do it time and time again...BUT with Nacho on his side, it can't hurt. Did u notice he faked the hook to the body, catching mares cold...he never knew what hit him.

DaveB says:

Live by the sword; die by the sword. That is the way Mares fights and that is why we love him but that is why defense and holding are so important. (I loved Roast's - tell him shoe was untied, anything.) If you fight like that it is just a matter of time before your luck runs out. If GGG has a fire fight with Stevenson the same thing could happen. If Garcia fights Matthysee like that the same thing could happen. I don't expect those two guys to fight like that but if they do eventually there is a strong possibility of them getting dropped and stopped.

brownsugar says:

I picked Mares because I made the assumption and mistake of thinkimg Johnny Gonzales was Yonny Perez... the guy Agbeko beat. But I may have picked Mares anyway after making note of the 8 loses on Gonzales' record... I became vividly aware of my error when saw Johnny in the opposing corner just before the first bell. Standing there .....scraggely beard and all .....bouncing like a junkyard dog testing his chain so he sink his teeth into a trespassing interloper...Gonzalez looked bigger... hungrier.. and dangerous... featherweight might be too much for Mares who was unable to generate much offense against his insatiable foe.

Schaefer mentioned putting the fast handed Gary Russell Jr in with Gonzales.
Even though Russell fights at superfeatherweight that would be a daring upgrade in opponent for the competitively challenged Russell.

But then again... neither HBO or Showtime are playing it safe anymore..
Are they?

Radam G says:

Wow! I hope that it is not just talk to fill up white space. Russell would've developed cojones or gone insane to step up to JG. Gary Russell would also not make it out the first round swinging back at JG. Holla!

brownsugar says:

Wow! I hope that it is not just talk to fill up white space. Russell would've developed cojones or gone insane to step up to JG. Gary Russell would also not make it out the first round swinging back at JG. Holla!


RG this statement was posted by Schaefer not Russell and there is no logical reason for a champ to move up in weight just to fight a contender so I take it with a grain of salt. Posted on BS earlier today

Radam G says:

Hehehehe! I dig it! Schaefer is full of it. He'll say anything. After all, he already called Lucas Matthyse "the new Manny Pacquiao." D¡ck Schaefer doesn't know an ant's arse about fighting or boxing. Holla!

The Shadow says:

But Swizz Bankz knows MOOLA!

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