Downtown Los Angeles, CA- In La Placito Olvera, right in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles, Golden Boy Promotions held the official press conference for the Abner Mares versus Jhonny Gonzalez title fight. On August 24th, 2013, Abner Mares will defend his newly acquired WBC Featherweight title against the former WBC Featherweight champ, Jhonny Gonzalez. This fight will take place in Carson, California at the, once called Home Depot Center, and now called StubHub Center. In the co-feature fight for this night, Leo “Teremoto” Santa Cruz will challenge Victor “El Vikingo” Terrazas for the WBC Super Bantamweight title.
Jhonny Gonzalez was not able to be present for this press conference because he had traveling issues. Jhonny Gonzalez stated via Skype, “I apologize for not being present. There was some confusion with the tickets purchased, and for that reason I missed my flight.” As far as fighting Abner Mares, Gonzalez stated, “Abner is a good friend of mine, and it will be a tough fight for both of us.” This fight will definitely will be interesting for the simple fact that Mares helped Gonzalez for his fight against “Magnifico” Vazquez as a sparring partner several years ago. It is obvious that at this time and age, both fighters are not the same from several years ago, but we can definitely expect a great show come August 24th.
Leo Santa Cruz was the first fighter to speak on the podium. Santa Cruz gave special thanks to the fans, his team, Golden Boy Promotions, Showtime, and Al Haymon for always supporting him and motivating him to fight and give great shows. “I want to give thanks to all the fans, because without them I wouldn’t be where I am at right now. Every time I am in the gym, I think of all my fans because they are a huge motivation for me to continue training hard.” Santa Cruz is one of those humble and true peoples’ champions and stated that, “I fight for my dad because he always wanted to have a son to be a world champion…” Santa Cruz will challenge “El Vikingo” Terrazas for his WBC super bantamweight title. Both of these two guys are perfect examples of true Mexican warriors who give it their all to impress their fans. We should not expect anything less once these two warriors meet in the ring.
When Abner Mares went to the podium, Mares gave thanks to all of the people who support him and have helped him rise to the top. Mares, at this moment, is quickly becoming one of the best in the business. He is a three-time world champion in three different divisions, and it seems that there’s nothing stopping him. When referring to Erick Gomez, Golden Boys match maker, Mares joked around by stating that, “It seems that he doesn’t like me because he keeps putting me in front of tough fighters.” If you have followed Mares career, it is evident that Mares has faced nothing but the best, and has proved “boxing experts” wrong on various occasions. “I want to be recognized as one of those fighters that fight nothing but the best.” It is evident that Mares has not taken an easy route in his career, and that is something that fight fans appreciate from Mares. Abner Mares is one of those fighter that you don’t have to be a fan of him to like him. In other words, any serious and knowledgable boxing fan can love and appreciate what Mares does in the ring because his boxing style brings versatility to the “sweet science.”
As far as fighting the best, Mares did not hesitate to state that he would like to fight Leo Santa Cruz in the future. “Who knows you might see us in the future fighting each other. I know a lot of people have been talking about that fight. It might be a possible fight.” If a Mares vs Santa Cruz fight is ever made, that event for sure would have all the ingredients for a possible pay per view event. Many boxing fans salivate at the thought of such a fight. We definitely hope that is made in the future.
To listen to the entire press conference, click on the video below, and also check out our short but good Leo Santa Cruz interview.
Rudy “Ruthless” Gutierrez