Mark E. Ortega compiled notes on Golden Boy Promotions’ future plans from the Jhonny Gonzalez-Abner Mares post-fight press conference following Gonzalez’s shocking first-round KO victory, as well as from CEO Richard Schaefer, who also spoke about Adrien Broner, Keith Thurman, Peter Quillin and Deontay Wilder.
Abner Mares grew up poor and fending for himself in the streets but is now a married father of two girls and the wearer of championship belts in three divisions.
Undefeated heavyweight KO artist Deontay Wilder could be on a collision course with the winner of a Sept. 6 bout between Seth Mitchell and Chris Arreola if he defeats Sergei Liakhovich on Friday.
The anticipated Sept. 14 Showtime Pay Per View event co-headlined by Floyd Mayweather-Canelo Alvarez and Danny Garcia-Lucas Matthysse will be joined by a third title fight between Ishe Smith and Carlos Molina, as well as a welterweight bout matching Ashley Theophane against Pablo Cesar Cano.
Featherweight Gary Russell Jr.: “When my career is over with, either I’ll become this great champion that everyone says that I have the potential to be, or I’ll be a prima donna…Half the people that criticize me, they can’t beat the people that I’m in the ring with anyway.”
Undefeated featherweight prospect Gary Russell said that a victory over WBC titleholder Abner Mares “would be a good notch to put under my belt.” Russell may be added to a Showtime-televised card headlined by Mares on Aug. 24.
Unbeaten three-division titlewinner Abner Mares on a potential matchup with prospect Gary Russell Jr.: “Whenever this fight with Gary Russell were to happen, we’ll find out then if I’m tailor-made for him.”
“I think that this is the fight where I proved that I’m a pound-for-pound fighter,” said Abner Mares, who knocked out Daniel Ponce de Leon to take his WBC featherweight belt, making him a three-division beltwinner.
Abner Mares: “I actually added something different to my training camp, and it’s called ‘Mexican Judo.’ It’s ‘ju-don’t know if I’m going to box, or ju-don’t know if I’m going to brawl, but you do know that I’m going to win.’”