Former WBC featherweight titlist and three-time world champion Abner Mares will be taking 2014 head-on when he jumps back into the ring to avenge his upset loss to Jhonny Gonzalez on Februray 15 from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Tickets for this highly anticipated rematch go on sale today.
The loss to Gonzalez in their first fight in August 2013 was rather startling on many levels.
Firstly, it was Mares' first taste of defeat. The undefeated 27-year old had compiled three world championships in three divisions over the course of two years, having defeated the likes of Joseph Agbeko, Anselmo Moreno and Daniel Ponce De Leon for the bantamweight, super bantamweight and featherweight belts.
Secondly, Mares was coming off a very impressive performance over Ponce De Leon in May 2013 where he displayed somewhat unexpected power. Mares, with only 14 knockouts in his 26 victories, knocked down the gritty Mexican veteran twice en route to a ninth round TKO victory to capture the WBC featherweight strap.
Perhaps the manner in which Mares lost to Gonzalez is the most surprising. Mares was knocked down twice in the first round with power shots, an overhand right to the head and a wide left hook to the jaw which left him unable to continue at 2:55 of Round 1. While the hardened Gonzalez is now a three-time world champion himself with tremendous power, amassing a 75% knockout ratio, no one expected such a swift and conclusive outcome against one of Golden Boy Promotions' future stars in his own backyard at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
They will now do it again, with Mares (26-1-1, 14 KO's) immediately going after Gonzalez (55-8, 47 KO's) to avenge his loss and reclaim the belt. The action will once again be televised on Showtime.
Tickets priced at $200, $100, $50 and $25, not including applicable service charges and taxes, go on sale today, December 20 at 10 a.m. PT and will be available for purchase online at AXS, by phone at 888-9-AXS-TIX (888-929-7849) or at the STAPLES Center Box Office (Monday – Saturday 10am – 6pm). VIP Suites are available by calling (213-763-7755). For more information on group discounts or VIP packages, please call (877-234-8425).
For more information, visit Golden Boy Promotions and Staples Center.
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