Mares Is Confident Heading Into Santa Cruz Rematch

With less than a month until he faces off against his rival Leo Santa Cruz, Abner Mares hosted a media workout this week at his gym in Riverside, California.

Mares told reporters on Wednesday, that he and trainer Robert Garcia have a new game plan for June 9th.

“I can’t go in with the same exact mentality as last time and try to knock Leo’s head off. I have power, but I’m not a one-punch knockout artist.,” claimed Mares after his workout.

“The difference between our fight in 2015 and now is that I’m a more mature and seasoned fighter. I’ve been in this sport a long time, and now with having Robert Garcia in my corner, he’s really helped my mental game and given me great guidance.

Looking for help in his corner, Mares turned to someone he considers to be a “master” trainer in Robert Garcia.

Garcia sees this fight as the biggest in his career, and both he and Mares want the win badly.

“We know that this isn’t going to be an easy fight. But the way that Abner has been training and the way that he follows instructions, it’s going to make a big difference in his performance June 9 compared to the first fight, Garcia said Wednesday.

“I was at the first fight and I thought that Abner looked for big single punches too much and fought too rough of a fight. He made it harder on himself. It was still a very close fight despite that.

“We’ve been getting sparring partners that are a little taller and throw a lot of punches and the results have been great,” Mares trainer claimed.

“Abner just has to be in shape to 12 rounds, because Leo is a fighter that finishes as strong as he starts. We can’t perform for eight rounds and then tire out because there’s a chance Leo comes on strong and puts us in trouble.”

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