Showtime will be televising the bout between Abner Mares and Jhonny Gonzalez on Saturday, August 24th. The fight takes place at the StubHub Center in Carson, California and is part of a Showtime Championship Boxing event that will also include Victor Terrazas taking on Leo Santa Cruz.
The current WBC Featherweight title holder is unbeaten in his career at 26-0 with one draw. He defeated Daniel “Ponce” De Leon last time out to win the title as he stopped De Leon in the 9th round. Mares is 27 years old and he continues to get better. He was a member of the 2004 Mexican Olympic team and in 2011 he won his first title when he beat Joseph Agbeko for the IBF Bantamweight World Championship. Less than a year later he won the WBC Super Bantamweight World Championship against Eric Morel and earlier this year it was Mares knocking out De Leon to win the WBC Featherweight title.
The former champion comes in with a record of 54-8 with 46 of those wins coming by knockout. Gonzalez is still just 31 years old but he has looked old in his last couple of fights. He couldn’t put away Ponce De Leon in their title fight and he was actually knocked down by Eusebio Osejo in a fight last year that Gonzalez did actually win by decision. Gonzalez has been very good at times in his career but recently he has looked beatable.
This is going to be a tough fight for Gonzalez to win. He is the underdog and he also has to win the fight convincingly if he is to get a decision. “I’ve never worried about the judges. I will do my job, because the judges will see a winner in the ring – but I’m aware that I have to go in there and win round by round.” Gonzalez said, “I’m the challenger, I am aware that I will be in the home of his promoter, and therefore I need to get a clear win.” With both fighters having knockout power this fight may not go the distance we predict it will go in the early rounds in favor of Mare