Abner Mares

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Abner Mares
Abner Mares.jpg
Mares in 2010
Real nameAbner Mares Martínez
Height5 ft 4+12 in (164 cm)[1]
Reach66 in (168 cm)[1]
  • Mexican
  • American
Born (1985-11-28) November 28, 1985 (age 36)
Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Boxing record
Total fights35
Wins by KO15

Abner Mares Martínez (born November 28, 1985) is a Mexican-American former professional boxer who competed from 2005 to 2018, and has since worked as a boxing analyst and commentator for Showtime. He held multiple world championships in three weight classes, including the IBF bantamweight title from 2011 to 2012, the WBC super bantamweight title from 2012 to 2013, the WBC featherweight title in 2013, and the WBA (Regular) featherweight title from 2016 to 2018. As an amateur boxer, Mares won numerous medals at international tournaments while representing Mexico. He grew up in the city of Hawaiian Gardens, California and holds dual citizenship with Mexico and the United States.[2][3]

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.[2]

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.[4]

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.[5]


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 Beristáin, however, the two split after Mares changed promotional companies.[6]

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.[7] 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.[8]

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 outboxed Mares from the outside, Mares closed the distance and outworked 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.[9]

Mares vs. González[edit]

Mares defended his WBC Featherweight title against underdog former world champion Jhonny González on August 24, 2013, at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. Mares lost the fight in a first-round TKO to González. The referee stopped the fight after Mares was knocked down for the second time in the first round.[10][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.

Mares vs Cuellar[edit]

On December 10, 2016, Mares fought Jesus Cuellar for the WBA "regular" featherweight title. Mares won tia fight via split-decision, with two of the judges scoring the fight in his favor, 117-110 and 116-111 while the third judge saw Cuellar as the winner, scoring it 115-112 in favor of the Argentine.[11]

Mares vs Gutierrez[edit]

In his next fight, Mares fought Andres Gutierrez. Mares retained his title be winning the fight via technical decision in the tenth round.[12]

Mares vs Santa Cruz[edit]

On June 9, 2018, Mares fought WBA super featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz in a long-anticipated rematch. In a brutal and exciting fight, both fighters were throwing and connecting at a similar rate. All three judges agreed on who is the winner of the fight, with all three scoring it in favor Santa Cruz, 117-111, 116-112 and 115-113.[13]

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
35 fights 31 wins 3 losses
By knockout 15 1
By decision 16 2
Draws 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
35 Loss 31–3–1 Léo Santa Cruz UD 12 Jun 9, 2018 Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, U.S. For WBA (Super) featherweight title
34 Win 31–2–1 Andrés Gutiérrez TD 10 (12), 2:40 Oct 14, 2017 StubHub Center, Carson, California, U.S. Retained WBA (Regular) featherweight title
33 Win 30–2–1 Jesús Cuellar SD 12 Dec 10, 2016 Galen Center, Los Angeles, California, U.S. Won WBA (Regular) featherweight title
32 Loss 29–2–1 Léo Santa Cruz MD 12 Aug 29, 2015 Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, U.S. For vacant WBA (Super) featherweight title
31 Win 29–1–1 Arturo Santos Reyes UD 10 Mar 7, 2015 MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
30 Win 28–1–1 Jose Ramirez RTD 5 (10), 3:00 Dec 13, 2014 MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
29 Win 27–1–1 Jonathan Oquendo UD 10 Jul 12, 2014 MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
28 Loss 26–1–1 Jhonny González TKO 1 (12), 1:55 Aug 24, 2013 StubHub Center, Carson, California, U.S. Lost WBC featherweight title
27 Win 26–0–1 Daniel Ponce de León TKO 9 (12), 2:20 May 4, 2013 MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Won WBC featherweight title
26 Win 25–0–1 Anselmo Moreno UD 12 Nov 10, 2012 Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, U.S. Retained WBC super bantamweight title
25 Win 24–0–1 Eric Morel UD 12 Apr 21, 2012 Don Haskins Center, El Paso, Texas, U.S. Won vacant WBC super bantamweight title
24 Win 23–0–1 Joseph Agbeko UD 12 Dec 3, 2011 Honda Center, Anaheim, California, U.S. Retained IBF and WBC Silver bantamweight titles
23 Win 22–0–1 Joseph Agbeko MD 12 Aug 13, 2011 The Joint, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBC Silver bantamweight title;
Won IBF bantamweight title
22 Win 21–0–1 Vic Darchinyan SD 12 Dec 11, 2010 Emerald Queen Casino, Tacoma, Washington, U.S. Won IBO and vacant WBC Silver bantamweight titles
21 Draw 20–0–1 Yonnhy Pérez MD 12 May 22, 2010 Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, U.S. For IBF bantamweight title
20 Win 20–0 Felipe Almanza KO 5 (10), 2:23 Mar 25, 2010 Club Nokia, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
19 Win 19–0 Carlos Fulgencio KO 6 (8), 2:46 Aug 27, 2009 Club Nokia, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
18 Win 18–0 Jonathan Perez RTD 6 (8), 3:00 May 2, 2009 MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
17 Win 17–0 Jonathan Arias UD 10 Jun 27, 2008 Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, Cabazon, California, U.S.
16 Win 16–0 Diosdado Gabi TKO 2 (12), 0:49 Mar 15, 2008 Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBO–NABO bantamweight title
15 Win 15–0 Damian David Marchiano UD 12 Nov 17, 2007 Borgata, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S. Retained WBO–NABO bantamweight title
14 Win 14–0 Isidro García RTD 7 (12), 3:00 Sep 7, 2007 Desert Diamond Casino, Tucson, Arizona, U.S. Won vacant WBONABO bantamweight title
13 Win 13–0 Saul Gutierrez UD 6 Jul 6, 2007 Convention Center, McAllen, Texas, U.S.
12 Win 12–0 Angel Antonio Priolo TKO 6 (10), 1:56 Apr 20, 2007 Cicero Stadium, Cicero, Illinois, U.S.
11 Win 11–0 Robert Allanic RTD 8 (10), 3:00 Mar 2, 2007 New Alhambra Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
10 Win 10–0 Wilmer Rodriguez TKO 4 (10), 1:45 Nov 25, 2006 Dodge Arena, Hidalgo, Texas, U.S.
9 Win 9–0 Kevin Hudgins UD 8 Sep 15, 2006 Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
8 Win 8–0 Omar Adorno UD 8 Feb 24, 2006 Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
7 Win 7–0 Yamin Mohammad UD 8 Dec 16, 2005 Convention Center, Austin, Texas, U.S.
6 Win 6–0 Selso Bosquez TKO 4 (6), 2:35 Sep 17, 2005 MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
5 Win 5–0 Elvis Luciano Martinez TKO 3 (6), 2:45 Jul 16, 2005 MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
4 Win 4–0 Baladan Trevizo TKO 5 (6), 1:15 Jun 16, 2005 Sundance Square, Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.
3 Win 3–0 David Vasquez UD 6 Apr 29, 2005 Entertainment Center, Laredo, Texas, U.S.
2 Win 2–0 Francisco Soto KO 5 (6), 2:47 Feb 19, 2005 Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
1 Win 1–0 Luis Malave TKO 2 (6), 2:00 Jan 6, 2005 Desert Diamond Casino, Tucson, Arizona, U.S.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Showtime Championship Boxing tale of the tape prior to the second Léo Santa Cruz fight.
  2. ^ a b HugeDomains.com - AbnerMares.com is for Sale (Abner Mares)
  3. ^ Morales, Robert (23 August 2013). "Abner Mares enjoying life as one of boxing's best". Los Angeles Daily News - Boxing. LA Daily News. Retrieved 30 August 2015.
  4. ^ HBO: Boxing: Fighters: Bio: ABNER MARES
  5. ^ "BoxRec Boxing Records". Boxrec.com. 2005-01-06. Retrieved 2014-05-01.
  6. ^ "Nacho Beristain Dumps Mares Over Espinoza Signing - Boxing News". Boxingscene.com. Retrieved 2014-05-01.
  7. ^ "News - Will Familiarity Breed Success for Mares?". Max Boxing. 2010-05-19. Retrieved 2014-05-01.
  8. ^ Beacham, Greg (May 22, 2010). "Perez keeps IBF bantam belt with majority draw". USA Today.
  9. ^ "Mayweather vs Guerrero results: Mayweather dominates Guerrero to win title fight with lopsided decision". 2013-05-10. Archived from the original on 2013-05-10. Retrieved 2021-10-21.
  10. ^ Lance Pugmire (August 25, 2013). "Jhonny Gonzalez has an answer for Abner Mares: a knockout". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on August 27, 2013.
  11. ^ "Mares vs Cuellar - News, Tape, Ringwalk, TV, Streaming & Tickets". Box.Live. Retrieved 2021-10-21.
  12. ^ "Mares vs Gutierrez - News, Tape, Ringwalk, TV, Streaming & Tickets". Box.Live. Retrieved 2021-10-21.
  13. ^ "Leo Santa Cruz retains featherweight title with another win over Abner Mares in slugfest". The Ring. 2018-06-10. Retrieved 2021-10-21.

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Sporting positions
Regional boxing titles
Title last held by
Jhonny González
WBONABO bantamweight champion
September 7, 2007 – June 2008
Title next held by
Christopher Avalos
Title last held by
Christian Esquivel
WBC Silver bantamweight champion
December 11, 2010 – April 21, 2012
Title next held by
Tomoki Kameda
Minor world boxing titles
Title last held by
Vic Darchinyan
IBO bantamweight champion
December 11, 2010 – April 2011
Title next held by
Vic Darchinyan
Major world boxing titles
Preceded by IBF bantamweight champion
August 13, 2011 – February 8, 2012
Title next held by
Léo Santa Cruz
Title last held by
Toshiaki Nishioka
WBC super bantamweight champion
April 21, 2012 – January 31, 2013
Title next held by
Victor Terrazas
Preceded by WBC featherweight champion
May 4, 2013 – August 24, 2013
Succeeded by
Jhonny González
Preceded by WBA featherweight champion
Regular title

December 10, 2016 – June 9, 2018
Vacant after loss to Santa Cruz
Title next held by
Jesús Rojas