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Q&A: Mares preps for powerful Gonzalez
Abner Mares on Jhonny Gonzalez: "Without ranking them, I would definitely say that he is one of the most difficult fighters that I will be facing, because, if you look at his record, he's definitely a power puncher."
RING No. 5-rated pound-for-pound Abner Mares shared his thoughts on his upcoming WBC featherweight title defense against former beltholder Jhonny Gonzalez on Aug. 24 at The StubHub Center (formerly The Home Depot Center) in Carson, Calif.
Ponce de Leon had taken the title from Gonzalez (54-8, 46 KOs) with an eight-round technical decision last September, ending a 12-fight winning streak.
Mares, 27, said, among other things, that he respects the power generated by Gonzalez, 31, who has since rebounded with consecutive wins over Eusebio Osejo and Akihiko Katagiri.
Mares was asked to compare Gonzalez to the string of elite boxers he has fought, having twice beaten ex-beltholder Joseph Agbeko, earned a decision over former beltholder Vic Darchinyan, and battled to a draw with then-beltholder Yonnhy Perez as a bantamweight before moving up to junior featherweight.
After defeating Agbeko by consecutive majority and unanimous decisions, the latter in December of 2011, Mares rose to 122 pounds for a unanimous decision over ex-beltholder Eric Morel to earn the WBC's belt.
In November of last year, Mares scored a unanimous decision over WBA bantamweight titleholder Anselmo Moreno, who rose in weight to challenge for the junior featherweight belt. Mares dropped the Panamanian in the fifth round and ended his winning streak at 27.
Mares spoke from his training camp in Santa Fe Springs, Calif., with coach Clemente Medina and strength guru Luis Garcia:
RingTV.com: So how are you doing this morning?
RingTV.com: How do you rank Gonzalez in comparison to the others that you have fought?
So I've got to be respectful of him and fight smart, because of his experience and his knowledge in boxing. He's been in the game for a long time, and he's been a champion. So, it's definitely another tough fight for myself.
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