Abner Mares

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Mares and the second or maternal family name is Martínez.
Abner Mares
Abner Mares.jpg
Mares in 2010
Real name Abner Mares Martínez
Rated at Bantamweight
Super bantamweight
Height 5 ft (152 cm) 4+1/2
Reach 66 in (168 cm)
Nationality Mexican
Born (1985-11-28) November 28, 1985 (age 30)
Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 32
Wins 29
Wins by KO 15
Losses 2
Draws 1

Abner Mares Martínez (born November 28, 1985) is a Mexican-American professional boxer. He is a former three-weight world champion, having held the IBF bantamweight, WBC super bantamweight and WBC featherweight titles. As an amateur he won numerous medals at international tournaments while representing Mexico. Mares grew up in the city of Hawaiian Gardens, California and holds dual citizenship with the United States and Mexico.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Mares was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico and at age seven his family moved to the city of Hawaiian Gardens, California. At age fifteen he was sent back to Mexico by his father.[1]

Amateur career[edit]

As an amateur, Mares compiled a record of 112-8 with 84 KOs. Mares won the U17 World Championships and the bantamweight gold medal at the Central American games 2002 beating Juan Manuel López and the silver medal in the same division in 2003 at the Pan American Games in Santo Domingo. At the Junior World Championships 2004, he finished second losing to Aibek Abdimomunov. He participated in the 2004 Summer Olympics for his native country. There he was beaten in the first round of the Bantamweight (54 kg) division by Hungary's Zsolt Bedák in a highly controversial decision.[3]

Amateur highlights[edit]

  • Represented Mexico at the 2004 Olympics in Athens as a Bantamweight, losing in the opening round to Zsolt Bedak of Hungary on points 27-24
  • Silver medalist at the 2004 World Junior Championships
  • Silver medalist at the 2003 Pan American Games, losing to Guillermo Rigondeaux, with a score of 17 - 7.
  • Gold medalist at the 2002 Central American & Caribbean Games
  • Gold medalist at the 2002 World Cadet Championships

Professional career[edit]

In January 2005, Mares won his professional debut against Puerto Rican Luis Malave.[4]


On September 7, 2007, he won the WBO NABA Bantamweight Championship by defeating former WBO Champion Isidro García. Mares won his next three bouts before suffering an eye injury which required him to undergo surgery. He returned to the ring 10 months later by stopping Jonathan Perez. He had been trained as a professional by Hall of Famer Ignacio Beristain, however, the two split after Mares changed promotional companies.[5]

Mares vs. Perez[edit]

On May 22, 2010, Mares challenged undefeated IBF Bantamweight Champion and the No. 4 ranked Bantamweight Yonnhy Perez (20-0) for his title.[6] The bout ended in a 12 round majority draw with one judge scoring it 115-113 in favor of Mares while the other two scored it 114-114 even. The majority of the press at ringside scored the bout in favor of Mares.[7]

This marked the launch and the climb to success with world famous trainer, Clemente Medina.

Bantamweight Tournament[edit]

Mares vs. Darchinyan[edit]

Golden Boy Promotions announced that Mares would be taking part in Showtime's four-man single elimination bantamweight tournament, which would also include Vic Darchinyan, Joseph Agbeko and Yonnhy Perez. In the first round of the tournament, Mares faced IBO Bantamweight Champion Vic Darchinyan and defeated him by a highly controversial 12 round split decision to claim the IBO Championship title and WBC Silver title.

Mares vs. Agbeko I[edit]

Mares was scheduled to face IBF Champion and No. 3 ranked Joseph Agbeko in the final round of the tournament on April 23, 2011. However, Agbeko pulled out of the fight just days prior citing an injury. The match was rescheduled for August 13, 2011. Mares fought Agbeko on August 13 on Showtime and won the title and the tournament by majority decision. However, the match was not without controversy, as Mares delivered numerous low blows during the match, with referee Russell Mora not penalizing him with point deductions for any of the blows throughout the match. The most infamous of these blows came during the 11th round of the fight, in which a low blow from Mares landed on Agbeko's cup, causing Agbeko to drop. While the low blow was clearly visible to everyone, referee Mora ruled it as a knockdown.

Mares vs. Agbeko II[edit]

On December 3, 2011, Mares and Agbeko fought a rematch due to their controversial first fight. While the second fight proved to be much less controversial, there were still several low blow warnings from the referee to Mares. Though Agbeko had moments in the fight where he out boxed Mares from the outside, Mares closed the distance and out worked Agbeko throughout the fight, and landed the more significant punches. Mares was awarded a unanimous decision win, by the scores of 118-110 from all three judges. .

Super Bantamweight[edit]

Super Bantamweight title[edit]

In Mares' next fight, he moved up to the super bantamweight division, fighting former world champion Eric Morel for the vacant WBC Super Bantamweight title. The fight took place on April 21, 2012, at a catchweight of 120 lbs. Mares effectively out worked, landed more, and landed the harder punches throughout the fight, with Morel showing significant signs of his age. Mares won a unanimous decision by the scores of 120-107, 119-109, and 119-109 to claim his first Super Bantamweight title.

Mares vs. Moreno[edit]

Mares' next fight took place on November 10, 2012, against the world No. 1 ranked bantamweight and then No.10 pound-for-pound Anselmo Moreno. Mares started the fight off fast, applying relentless pressure on Moreno, forcing Moreno to the ropes for the majority of the early rounds. Moreno still had his moments while the two were in the middle of the ring, landing clean shots, while Mares attempted to out work Moreno and attack his body while on the ropes. In the 5th round, Moreno was having success staying off the ropes when he could, and out boxing Mares in the center of the ring. Near the end of the round, Mares trapped Moreno on the ropes and landed a hard straight right hand, which ultimately sent Moreno to the canvas for the first time in his career. The following middle rounds of the fight, Mares seemed in control working the body and landing his hard overhand right, relentless pressuring Moreno for the majority of the rounds. In the 11th round, Moreno was docked a point for pushing Mares' head down while Mares rushed him on the ropes. This was seen as very controversial, given that Mares and Moreno both had been warned several times throughout the fight and only Moreno was docked a point. After the point deduction, Moreno effectively out pointed Mares in the middle of the ring during the final rounds and even successfully traded with Mares against the ropes, while Mares seemed to tire the final couple rounds.

Mares was awarded the Unanimous decision by the scores of 116-110, 116-110, and 120-106.


Mares vs. De Leon[edit]

Mares moved up to 126 lbs to fight WBC Featherweight champion and Ring No. 2 ranked Featherweight, Daniel Ponce de León in the Mayweather-Guerrero undercard on May 4, 2013 and knocked down de León in the second and ninth rounds en route to handing him a TKO loss at 2:20 of the ninth round, winning the WBC featherweight title in the process.[8]

Mares vs. Gonzalez[edit]

Mares defended his WBC Featherweight title against Jhonny Gonzalez on August 24, 2013 at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. Mares lost the fight in a first round TKO to the underdog former champion Jhonny González. The referee stopped the fight after Mares was knocked down for the second time in the first round.[9][Video 1]

Mares would leave his management company, Espinoza Boxing Club, as well as trainer Clemente Medina. He would train with Virgil Hunter for his next fight before returning to Clemente Medina.

Professional record[edit]

29 Wins (15 Knockouts, 14 Decisions), 2 Loss, 1 Draw
Res. Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
N/A N/A Argentina Jesus Cuellar N/A - (12) 2016-06-25 N/A For WBA (Regular) Featherweight title.
Loss 29-2-1 Mexico Léo Santa Cruz MD 12 2015-08-29 United States Staples Center, Los Angeles, California For vacant WBA (Super) Featherweight title.
Win 29-1-1 Mexico Arturo Santos Reyes UD 10 2015-03-07 United States MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 28-1-1 Mexico Jose Ramirez TKO 5 (10) 2014-12-13 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 27-1-1 Puerto Rico Jonathan Oquendo UD 10 2014-07-12 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
Loss 26-1-1 Mexico Jhonny González TKO 1 (12) 2013-08-24 United States StubHub Center, Carson, California Lost WBC Featherweight title.
Win 26-0-1 Mexico Daniel Ponce De Leon TKO 9 (12) 2013-05-04 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada Won WBC Featherweight title.
Win 25-0-1 Panama Anselmo Moreno UD 12 2012-11-10 United States Staples Center, Los Angeles, California Retained WBC Super Bantamweight title.
Win 24-0-1 Puerto Rico Eric Morel UD 12 2012-04-21 United States Don Haskins Convention Center, El Paso, Texas Won vacant WBC Super Bantamweight title.
Win 23-0-1 Ghana Joseph Agbeko UD 12 2011-12-03 United States Honda Center, Anaheim, California Retained IBF and WBC Silver Bantamweight titles.
Win 22-0-1 Ghana Joseph Agbeko MD 12 2011-08-13 United States Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada Won IBF Bantamweight title.
Retained WBC Silver Bantamweight title.
Win 21-0-1 Armenia Vic Darchinyan UD 12 2010-12-11 United States Emerald Queen Casino, Tacoma, Washington Won vacant WBC Silver and IBO Bantamweight titles.
Draw 20-0-1 Colombia Yonnhy Perez SD 12 2010-05-22 United States Staples Center, Los Angeles, California For IBF Bantamweight title.
Win 20-0 Colombia Felipe Almanza KO 5 (10) 2010-03-25 United States Club Nokia, Los Angeles, California
Win 19-0 Dominican Republic Carlos Fulgencio KO 6 (8) 2009-08-27 United States Club Nokia, Los Angeles, California
Win 18-0 Colombia Jonathan Perez RTD 6 (8) 2009-05-02 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 17-0 Mexico Jonathan Arias UD 10 2008-06-27 United States Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, Cabazon, California
Win 16-0 Philippines Diosdado Gabi TKO 2 (12) 2008-03-15 United States Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada Retained WBO NABO Bantamweight title.
Win 15-0 Argentina Damian David Marchiano UD 12 2007-11-17 United States Borgata Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey Retained WBO NABO Bantamweight title.
Win 14-0 Mexico Isidro García RTD 7 (12) 2007-09-07 United States Desert Diamond Casino, Tucson, Arizona Won WBO NABO Bantamweight title.
Win 13-0 Mexico Saul Gutierrez UD 6 2007-07-06 United States Convention Center, McAllen, Texas
Win 12-0 Colombia Angel Antonio Priolo TKO 6 (10) 2007-04-20 United States Cicero Stadium, Cicero, Illinois
Win 11-0 Philippines Robert Allanic RTD 8 (10) 2007-03-02 United States New Alhambra, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Win 10-0 Dominican Republic Wilmer Rodriguez TKO 4 (10) 2006-11-25 United States Dodge Arena, Hidalgo, Texas
Win 9-0 United States Kevin Hudgins UD 8 2006-09-15 United States Aragon Ballroom 1106 W Lawrence, Chicago, Illinois
Win 8-0 Puerto Rico Omar Adorno UD 8 2006-02-24 United States Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 7-0 United States Yamin Mohammad UD 8 2005-12-16 United States Austin Convention Center, Austin, Texas
Win 6-0 United States Selso Bosquez TKO 4 (6) 2005-09-17 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 5-0 Dominican Republic Elvis Luciano Martinez TKO 3 (6) 2005-07-16 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 4-0 United States Baladan Trevizo TKO 5 (6) 2005-06-16 United States Sundance Square, Fort Worth, Texas
Win 3-0 United States David Vasquez UD 6 2005-04-29 United States Entertainment Center, Laredo, Texas
Win 2-0 Mexico Francisco Soto KO 5 (6) 2005-02-19 United States Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Win 1-0 Puerto Rico Luis Malave TKO 2 (6) 2005-01-06 United States Desert Diamond Casino, Tucson, Arizona Professional Debut.


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  5. ^ "Nacho Beristain Dumps Mares Over Espinoza Signing - Boxing News". Boxingscene.com. Retrieved 2014-05-01. 
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  8. ^ Tim Dahlberg (May 5, 2013). "Mayweather vs Guerrero results: Mayweather dominates Guerrero to win title fight with lopsided decision". Vancouver Sun. 
  9. ^ Lance Pugmire (August 25, 2013). "Jhonny Gonzalez has an answer for Abner Mares: a knockout". Los Angeles Times. 

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Preceded by
Joseph Agbeko
IBF Bantamweight Champion
August 13, 2011 – February 9, 2012
Title next held by
Leo Santa Cruz
Title last held by
Toshiaki Nishioka
WBC Super Bantamweight Champion
April 21, 2012 – February 12, 2013
Title next held by
Victor Terrazas
Preceded by
Daniel Ponce de León
WBC Featherweight Champion
May 4, 2013 – August 24, 2013
Succeeded by
Jhonny González