Abner Mares and Jonathan Oquendo are greeted by fans and media in Las Vegas for their fight July 12
Jul 08 2014 11:36 PM
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Former Three-Division World Champion Abner Mares (26-1, 14KOs) is back to the ring after losing his title to Jhonny Gonzalez in August 2013, this time he will be facing Puerto Rican Jonathan Oquendo (24-3, 16KOs) in the co-feature bout for “HONOR & GLORY” at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada and produced and televised live on SHOWTIME PPV®.

PHOTO CREDIT: Gene Blevins – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions

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oubobcat says:

This seems to be the right fight for Mares coming off the Gonzales knockout loss. Initially, Mares went for the immediate rematch with Gonzalez (which I thought was a huge mistake) and I thought was fortunate when that fight ultimately fell through.

It will be very interesting to see where Mares is at following that knockout loss. He fought a brutal schedule taking on all comers and dangerous fights from May 2010 to that KO loss in August 2013. Did all those tough challenges and tough fights take a toll on Mares? Remember, he was heavily favored against Gonzalez and very few people gave Gonzalez even a remote shot coming into that fight last August.

Oquendo will provide a good litmus test as to where Mares is at. On paper, Mares should be able to handle Oquendo. Oquendo has been knocked out twice when he has stepped up to Juan Manuel Lopez and more recently by Wlfredo Vazquez Jr. Most other names on the resume of Oquendo are of journeymen fighters several notches below his level.

I think the layoff was good for Mares. Now, we have to see what he has left. Did that brutal schedule and KO loss to Gonzalez zap a lot out of him? Or was that KO an aberration and more of him getting caught cold than anything else? We should be able to tell more after this fight on Saturday.

By the way, one thing to keep an eye on in this fight are low blows. Mares has had well documented times where he has been known to throw below the belt (Darchinyan and Agbeko fights) and Oqeundo has been DQ'd in the past for low blows and had points taken in other fights. I will say this, if one goes low the other certainly won't be afraid to retaliate. It could get ugly and hopefully the referee can get control of things early knowing the history of both if we start seeing some punches stray low.