Abner Mares Looks to Make History Against Gervonta Davis in LA
January 28, 2019
Anthony Saldana (95 articles)

Abner Mares Looks to Make History Against Gervonta Davis in LA

By Anthony “Stacks” Saldaña


For the past several months there’s been some internet beef between the former three-division world champion Abner Mares and two-time super featherweight champion Gervonta “Tank” Davis. Next Saturday night at the Dignity Health Sports Park, (Formerly the known as the StubHub Center) both men will have the chance to settle that beef in the ring. In a fight that promises to give fans an all action war, something fans have grown accustom to witnessing at the Gladiator Grounds of the Stubhub. Davis (20-0, 19 KO’s) the 24-year-old from Baltimore,  has earned the reputation as heavy handed show stopper. Knocking out nearly every foe he has faced. At just 22 years old Davis became the youngest reigning American world champion in 2017 by knocking out Jose Pedraza for the IBF 130-pound title, then became the youngest two-time world champion in April of  last year when he knocked out Jesus Cuellar in the third round of their WBA Super Featherweight Championship bout. Davis who without argument is one of boxing’s most talented and exciting fighters in the sport today, hasn’t quite lived up to his overall potential. Davis has trouble in the past staying in shape and in 2017 was stripped of his first world title for failing to make weight. Now Davis will possibly be in the toughest fight of his career when he takes on and defends his title against Mares (33-3-1, 15 KO’s) “I believe that Abner Mares is a future Hall of Famer because he’s fought so many top-level guys. This is big for me because this is my first time being a main event in the U.S. and I just feel blessed to be here, I want to make a statement in this fight by putting on a tremendous performance against an experienced world champion like Abner Mares. I plan on showing everyone why I belong in pound-for-pound discussions and why

I’m the most exciting champion in boxing today. You don’t want to miss it” said Davis. 


Mares who grew up in Southern California and has been in the ring with the likes of Leo Santa Cruz (twice), Jhonny Gonzalez and Vic Darchinyan to name a few, will be the underdog coming into this fight. This will be his first fight in the super featherweight division, and he’ll facing one of the strongest, most talented and most exciting young champions in all of boxing. Mares however has extra motivation as he’ll be looking to join a select group of boxers as he aims to become just the fourth fighter born in Mexico to win titles in four divisions, joining Juan Manuel Marquez, Erik Morales and Jorge Arce. “I wanted this fight and I want this challenge against Gervonta Davis,” said Mares. “I’m preparing well and I will add my fifth world title in my fourth weight class on February 9th. We’re not just going into this fight blind. I’m not stupid. I’m taking this fight because I see something in this guy. It’s a tough fight, no doubt. All fights are tough. He’s in for a good fight. At the end of the day, you guys have to stop worrying about my weight and if I’m too small. You guys are going to get a great fight and that’s all that matters.”


To kick off the Showtime triple header, former world champion Javier Fortuna (33-2-1, 23 KO’s) will battle hard-hitting lightweight contender Sharif Bogere (32-1, 20 KO’s) in a 10-round lightweight bout. Then in the Co-main event undefeated super lightweight contender Mario Barrios (22-0, 14 KO’s) will take on Mexico’s Richard Zamora (19-2, 12 KO’s) in a 10-round fight. 



Anthony Saldana