WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez (55-8, 47 KO’s) will be out to prove that his previous 1st round TKO win over Abner Mares (26-1-1, 14 KO’s) from last August wasn’t a fluke thing when they face each other on February 15th in their rematch on Showtime at the Staples Center, in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Mares, 28, had looked next to unbeatable going into the Gonzalez fight, and for that reason it was a huge shock when Gonzalez knocked him down in the 1st round with a big left hook and then finished him off once he got back to his feet. The 32-year-old Gonzalez was considered a dangerous puncher going into that fight, but not someone that had the kind of talent to pull off an upset in beating a talented fighter like Mares.
After all, Mares had been in with big punchers in the past and beaten then in Vic Darchinyan, Daniel Ponce De Leon, Joseph Agbeko, and Yonnhy Perez. What Mares seemed unprepared for in this fight was Gonzalez loading up with everything he had with quick punches with a lot of power on them. The opposition that Mares had beaten before weren’t as fast and as powerful as Gonzalez, and that made things easier for Mares to track their punches in flight and either block them or brace for them. With Gonzalez, he had too much speed and power and that put Mares in a situation where he had to take shots that he didn’t see coming.
“This fight says a lot about both Jhonny Gonzalez and Abner Mares,” said Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer. “Jhonny wants to leave no doubt about his first win and Abner wanted to get another shot at him immediately. These are two great warriors and I can’t wait to see them fight again.”
It would be in Golden Boy’s best interest if the younger Mares wins this fight because he’s got a seemingly longer amount of time left in the sport than the 32-year-old Gonzalez. Additionally, Mares’ fighting style works better against a wider range of opponents than Gonzalez’s style. We’ve seen Gonzalez lose to the likes of Daniel Ponce De Leon, Gerry Penalosa and Toshiaki Nishioka. These are guys that Mares would never lose to due to his fighting style.