Abner Mares is a Mexican-American boxer who has held four world titles across three different weight classes. As an amateur, Mares won gold medals at the 2002 Central American & Caribbean Games and 2002 World Cadet Championships. He was a silver medalist at the 2003 Pan American Games and the 2004 World Junior Championships. Mares also represented Mexico during the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.
Mares made his professional debut in January 2005 and went unbeaten in 27 fights. On Aug. 13, 2011, Mares defeated Joseph Agbeko to win the IBF Bantamweight championship. On April 21, 2012, Mares defeated Eric Morel to win the then-vacant WBC Super Bantamweight Championship. He won the WBC Featherweight title on May 4, 2013, but lost the title in his first title defense — the first loss in Mares’ pro career.
While unsuccessful in challenging Leo Santa Cruz for the WBA (Super) Featherweight title in August 2015, Mares defeated Jesus Cuellar to win the WBA (Regular) Featherweight Championship back in December 2016.
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