How Many More Fights Will Abner Mares Compete In?
A decorated champion within boxing’s featherweight and bantamweight divisions, Abner Mares is looking for one last successful ride before hanging his gloves up for good.
Speaking with Boxing Scene, Mares (31-3-1) discussed his fight future. The 34-year-old last fought in 2018 and has been healing from recent injuries. Depending on how his comeback fight goes, he could expand his career. For now, however, he has set goals in mind.
“Looking from where I am at right now, I would say I have maybe 2-3 fights left in my career,” Mares stated. “It will depend on how I look in that first fight, that’s the one that will let me know where I am at in my career. But for what I want to accomplish in this comeback, I think it’s realistic to say 2-3 more fights and one of the fights for a shot to become a four-division world champion.”
Born in Guadalajara, Mares made his professional debut in2005. He ended up winning the WBC-NABO Bantamweight TItle in 2007 and fought Yonnhy Perez to a draw for the IBF Bantamweight Title. Mares would get a chance to become a world champion again when he beat Vic Darchinyan for the IBO Bantamweight Title. He moved up to super-bantamweight and won the WBC Title before testing his luck at featherweight.
As a featherweight, Mares beat Daniel Ponce de Leon for the WBC Featherweight Title. In 2016, he won the WBA Featherweight Title but lost it in his last fight in June 2018 to Leo Santa Cruz.
When it comes to what is next for him, Mares has been trying to face some of the young prospects of boxing. While he has started a social media feud with Ryan Garcia, his goal for a world title may lead him to 27-year-old and IBF Super-Featherweight Champion Joseph Diaz.
“The one (fight) that sounded more of an attraction, not so much because of his name—I don’t think he’s that high profile of a name like Ryan Garcia—but Joseph Diaz is that one,” Mares went on to say. “The fact that he holds a world title, he is in his prime and is a great fighter. That fight will give me a lot more.”
Mares was supposed to fight Gervnta Davis for the WBA Super-Featherweight Title before he suffered a detached retina. The Pan American silver medalist also won gold in the Central American and Caribbean Games.