By Ludovic Mauchien
With four World titles in three different categories (Bantamweight, super- Bantamweight, Featherweight), Mexico’s Abner Mares is today one of the finest winners of professional boxing.
After an amateur career where he added 112 wins (including 84 KO) for only 8 defeats, a U17 World champion title (2002), a silver medal at the Junior Worlds and a participation in the Olympics (2004), Abner Mares started his pro career in 2005.
In 2007, he won the North American bantamweight title (WBO-NABO), which he will defend brilliantly twice. He gets a first World belt chance in 2010 after a series of 20 wins (including 13 KO), but he could not do better than a draw against Colombia’s Yohnny Perez.
The following year, he doesn’t miss the target. He becomes the Bantamweight World champion (IBF) by beating Ghana’s Joseph Agbeko. Eight months later, in April 2012, he seizes the vacant title of super-bantamweight (WBC) at the expense of Puerto Rico’s Eric Morel. Then, the following spring, he conquered his 3rd World belt in a third weight category, the feathers’ one (WBC), by dominating his compatriot Daniel Ponce De Leon. Abner Mares will then experience the first setback of his career when defending his title against Jhonny Gonzalez in August 2013.
In 2015, opposed for the vacant WBA featherweight title to Leo Santa Cruz, also multiple World champion in three different categories, Abner Mares lost by decision. In 2016, he captures the « regular » World title, which he will defend victoriously twice, before fighting again Leo Santa Cruz for the « super » featherweight belt (WBA) on June 9th, 2018. At the age of 32, the native of Guadalajara did not say his last word…