Posts Tagged ‘Abner Mares’


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LAS VEGAS, NV — The MGM Grand Media Center was the site yesterday afternoon for the Khan vs. Alexander final press conference. Make sure to tune back in to BeatsBoxingMayhem later today at 5:30 p.m. for live streaming of the weigh-in.

The entire televised card is as follows:

Showtime Championship Boxing (9 p.m. ET)

Amir Khan vs. Devon Alexander

Keith Thurman vs. Leonard Bundu

Abner Mares vs. Jose Ramirez

Jermall Charlo vs. Lenny Bottai

Showtime Extreme (7 p.m.ET)

Victor Ortiz vs. Manuel Perez

Jermell Charlo vs.Mario Lozano

Errol Spence Jr. vs. Javier Castro

Beibut Shumenov vs. Bobby Thomas Jr.

Yoshihiro Kamegai vs. Oscar Godoy



This is a great fight and a great fight card overall from top to bottom. It’s almost like pay-per-view. But it’s a great opportunity for my fans to see me fight.

From me, you can expect to see a lot of explosiveness and movement. I don’t understand why Devon is saying he’s fought better than me when we’ve fought most of the same guys.

I’ve fought a lot of top guys, too. It sounds to me like Alexander is trying to give himself confidence; saying things to pick himself up.

I feel like a different fighter at 147 pounds. I feel stronger. I’m happier making weight.

I am not taking this fight lightly. I am not looking past it one bit. Devon Alexander is tough and I am going to stay focused.



I am ready to go 15 rounds if we had to. This is a tough test and I’m ready.

I’ve dreamt of this my whole life. Headlining in Las Vegas is a dream come true and I plan on taking full advantage of this.

I’m as prepared mentally and physically as I’ve ever been for a fight. If you look at my resume, I’ve fought top guys throughout my career. Khan is a good fighter and this is going to be a great fight.

I’m going to stand and fight. This isn’t going to be a track meet. At least not for me.

I know I’ve got a lot of fans back home pulling for me and I’ve got some fans in the UK too that will be rooting for me on Saturday night too.



I know a little about my opponent; he just beat an unbeaten 28-year-old and he was a 2000 Olympian. Bundu is active in the ring and likes to get into a rhythm. He’s not a huge puncher but he places them right where they can do damage. He’s making his U.S. debut.

I plan to provide him with a traditional ‘One-Time’ welcome to America. I plan to come out and box smart and take it from there. My shoulder is fine and I’m excited about getting back in the ring.  

I’m not looking past Bundu, but I’m looking through him to 2015 when I expect to start fighting Top-5 fighters on a consistent basis.



I’m excited to be here. I am here to gain some respect. I am 40-years-old, but I feel much younger. I know it is a hard test for me on Saturday, but I am going to give it my all.

I am Italian and like fine wine, I get better with age.


I’m willing to fight anybody. There are some great possibilities for me: Leo Santa Cruz, Jhonny Gonzalez, Lomachenko. If these fights can be made, I want them.

Expect the old Abner Mares on Saturday. The hunger is back, the passion has returned. I’m back with my original team.

I’ve won three world titles in three divisions but I don’t call myself a former three-division champion. I think of myself now as a future four-division world champion.



This Saturday, I will be facing a tough fighter in Abner Mares.  This Saturday is going to be a war between two Mexicans and I am here to be victorious.



I am happy to be on this show. Lenny says he is seasoned and I am ready to serve you all some Italian sausage.

Me and my twin brother have been through a lot of adversity. Getting world title shots and not being able to compete in them, but we overcome it and we are ready to put on good shows on Saturday night.



What do I expect from the fight? I expect a great battle. I expect it to be a stepping stone to make my name in the U.S.

I hear that I keep getting called a seasoned fighter. I come from Italy where the cheese is the best seasoned cheese in the world, so I am going to show what seasoned fighters can do.


Unfortunately I didn’t get the chance to fight for the world title. I moved past that. I am staying focused and in control of what’s going to take place on Saturday.

I am going to continue to grow, continue to stay smart and stay focused.


It is going to be another great performance. Hopefully by next year I will be fighting one of these guys in front of me and fighting for a world title.



Once again we are starting over. This was a very tough camp, but we are here. I am sharing this podium with some great fighters. I am at the back [of the dais] today, but you better believe I will be in the front with the fans someday soon.

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Saturday night is going to be one of those nights where every fight is action-packed and entertaining.

This card is stacked. It is going to be a special treat for all of the fans that watch it live at MGM Grand or live on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING.

It is a token of appreciation to all of the fans and saying thank you. Thank you for supporting this wonderful sport of boxing.

Both of the main event fighters understand that they are facing greatness in each other and it is going to be a tough fight. A tough fight for both guys, but that is what they love.

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“Royal Battle: Khan vs. Alexander,” a 12-round welterweight bout for the WBC Silver Welterweight Title, is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Khan Promotions and The Great Promotions and is sponsored by Corona Extra, AT&T and Mexico – Live It To Believe It! The event will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. and will air on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT). In the co-main event, Keith Thurman defends his interim WBA Welterweight World Title against Leonard Bundu. Additionally, Abner Mares will face Jose Ramirez in a 10-round featherweight bout and opening the telecast, Jermall Charlo will meet Lenny Bottai in a 12-round IBF Junior Middleweight Title eliminator. The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast will also be available in Spanish via secondary audio programming (SAP). Preliminary bouts will be televised on SHOWTIME EXTREME (7 p.m. ET/PT).


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LAS VEGAS, NV — The MGM Grand was buzzing yesterday with the arrival and media workouts for the Amir Khan vs. Devon Alexander card airing this Saturday (December 13) at 9 p.m. ET on Showtime.

The co-feature has the return of Keith Thurman against Leonard Bundu. The other televised bouts include Abner Mares taking on Jose Ramirez, and Jermall Charlo facing Lenny Bottai.

At 7 p.m. over on Showtime Extreme, Victor Ortiz makes his latest comeback against Manuel Perez. Prospects Errol Spence and Jermell Charlo will compete in showcase bouts.

Below are select fighter quotes from yesterday’s event.




I love these kinds of events, to be near the fans, because the fans are the ones who make you.

On Saturday, you’re going to see an aggressive, disciplined boxer-puncher. It’s always been my dream to headline in Las Vegas and to be the main attraction at MGM Grand is a great motivation for me. People believe in me. Las Vegas believes in me.

My career has gone by so fast. I’ve fought some of the biggest names and I’ve learned so much. But I’ve never had the focus and vision I have going heading into Saturday. I feel stronger and wiser and better than I did when I was 25.

The stakes are so enormous.  I am not looking ahead. There is no way I’m taking him lightly. He’s not a champion any more so I expect him to be even more motivated.

This is going to be a great fight on Saturday.




I’m so excited about fighting this Saturday. Finally fighting in Las Vegas is a dream come true. What’s better than this?

He is good, but I am going to expose him with my speed and quickness. He’s fast, but I’m fast too. He’s got quick hands, but I’ve got quick hands too.

I’m going to stay in the pocket and fight. I am so confident. The time is perfect for this fight. I would love to spoil Khan’s plans for the future. In fact – I’m looking forward to it.

This is a high-stakes matchup that will take me one step closer to the top of the list.




I’m really looking forward to this fight and getting back into the ring after eight months. This is a good opportunity for me.

I’m looking at 2015 as my break-out year. Some fans have already jumped on the bandwagon; others want to see more from me.

That’s why I am so anxious to get back in there; it’s another chance for me to showcase my skills. If I knock out Bundu inside four rounds, I’d fight Khan the same night.

Some fans think that some fights don’t mean very much, but they all do. I want high-risk, high-reward fights. I’m not taking anything away from Bundu – he’s a good opponent and this is his greatest opportunity – but it’s my time.



I feel I deserve this fight and am very excited about it. I’ve had a good career and fought a long time.

Thurman is a skilled, heavy-handed puncher but I’m not scared of him. I have a lot of skills and you will see them against Thurman.

This is my opportunity to prove that I am one of the top welterweights in the world, and that’s that I’m here for.




The hunger is back, the motivation is back and I am feeling great. I’m excited and ready to fight. Being back with my old team has been huge. I want to start 2015 off in a good way.  For me, 2015 kicks off this Saturday.

“I need to do what I’m supposed to do on Saturday.  I want my rematch with Jhonny Gonzalez. Jhonny, I’m coming for you.



I hope everyone sits back and enjoys the show because that is what I am here for: to put on a show.

I’m so happy about coming back and fighting. This is home for me, and I missed it.

All fights are different, all opportunities are different, but we are always prepared to win.  We’ll take what we get in the ring, but if the right hook to the body is there we’re going to take it.


“Royal Battle: Khan vs. Alexander,” a 12-round welterweight bout for the WBC Silver Welterweight Title, is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Khan Promotions and The Great Promotions and is sponsored by Corona Extra, AT&T and Mexico – Live It To Believe It! The event will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. and will air on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT). In the co-main event, Keith Thurman defends his interim WBA welterweight world title against Leonard Bundu. Additionally, Abner Mares will face Jose Ramirez in a 10-round featherweight bout and opening the telecast, Jermall Charlo will meet Lenny Bottai in a 12-round IBF junior middleweight title eliminator. The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast will also be available in Spanish via secondary audio programming (SAP). Preliminary bouts will be televised on SHOWTIME EXTREME (7 p.m. ET/PT).


Photo Credit: Jeandra LeBeauf/

LOS ANGELES, CA — Former titlists Abner Mares and Victor Ortiz  held a media workout at the Del Mares Gym ahead of their December 13 Showtime fights. Both are competing in showcase bouts on the Khan-Alexander undercard with Mares taking on Jose Ramirez (25-4, 15 KOs), and Ortiz facing Manuel Perez (22-10, 4 KOs). As you’ll note from the pictures, Ortiz’s physical condition is top-notch. His mental and emotional focus, especially coming off being crushed in January by Luis Collazo, is the big question mark.

I came to fight, not run a marathon. You win a fight by hitting, not running. — CANELO

I was controlling all the rounds and made him look bad in front of his fans. — LARA

Canelo Alvarez vs Erislandy Lara

 Photo Credits: Tom Hogan/Golden Boy, Esther Lin/Showtime

LAS VEGAS — Robbery! Running! These were among the buzzwords in boxing circles with Canelo Alvarez winning a disputed split decision over Erislandy Lara last night at the MGM Grand. The main event, while intriguing from a scoring and tactical standpoint due to Lara’s keep-away strategy and Canelo’s struggles to find consistent offense, is probably one Showtime has no interest in replaying despite the sketchy scoring from judge Levi Martinez, whose 117-111 verdict for Canelo was the deciding vote. As Erislandy Lara’s team no doubt prepares to flood the boxing media this coming week with interviews calling for a scoring investigation, I argue that Lara’s criticism needs to begin no further than with himself and the tactics he employed.


LARA’S GOOD START, POOR MIDDLE AND DECENT FINISH: Lara jumped out the gate using every inch of the ring to create a significant gulf between himself and Alvarez. Wary of Lara’s left hand accuracy, Canelo would only unleash blows when he felt Lara was corned. That allowed the Cuban to land the best punches of the early rounds via right jabs and hard straight lefts. Canelo found success in the second and fourth rounds with hard body shots. Weighing of 170 pounds, Canelo was able to use to these shots to push Lara into retreat the few times the fight went inside.

After six, I had it even on my card. Then the problems started on Lara’s end. Whether it was due to the cut he suffered over his right eye in the seventh, or just straight coasting, Lara began to focus more on movement than punching. To his credit, Lara was still able to make Canelo miss on his biggest shots upstairs, but the most meaningful punches were coming courtesy of Canelo’s body shots. At times, you could see Lara visibly drop his hands to regroup after they landed. This went on from rounds 7-9, and you can add the sixth as a possible Canelo round due to Lara spending more time complaining to the ref about low blows than actually looking to counter Canelo’s punches.

Lara did finally get back on track in the 10th by landing some clean left hands upstairs and moving enough to prevent Canelo’s body work. The 11th was close, as Canelo got some traction back with isolated body shots, and the 12th was punctuated by a closing Lara combination that stopped Canelo in his tracks.

My final score was 115-113 Canelo. One judge agreed, and the other had it reversed for Lara. The deciding score of 117-111, while very poor, reflected the assumption we all had going in that at least one judge would give Canelo the benefit of the doubt in every close round.


KNOW YOUR ENVIRONMENT: This performance should be extremely disappointing if you’re a Lara fan. After how he was robbed several years ago against Paul Williams (in New Jersey, no less), Lara should have come into this fight highly cognizant that the Las Vegas judges would do him no favors. Instead, he fought like he was the favorite when just a few more well-placed counter shots could have swung those quiet middle rounds in his favor. Vegas, and American judges overall, are known for favoring aggression in close rounds. How this never dawned on Lara’s camp is anyone’s guess.


WILL LARA LEARN?: I’m in agreement that Levi Martinez’s score was too wide in Canelo’s favor. However, the robbery talk may end up being a detriment to Lara, who’ll believe he needs to make no adjustments to his style going forward. For all his talk about the Cuban School of fighting, he may want to remember that even a guy like Guillermo Rigondeaux consistently makes an opponent pay for missed shots. The countering and varied offense was missing from Lara’s game last night.


MAYWEATHER IN PERSPECTIVE: Erislandy Lara is a very good boxer. With that said, this fight drives home how dynamic and talented Floyd Mayweather truly is. In his Canelo fight, Mayweather was able to counter in the pocket, nullify Canelo’s body shots, move when needed, and have the young redhead utterly confused. Lara failed to have any of that offensive or defensive creativity and failed to adjust tactics. It was especially apparent on offense with Lara throwing a minimal amount of body shots and repetitive 1-2s.

Lara now goes to the back of the line and assuredly off pay-per-view for the immediate future. Canelo still has a potential money fight against Miguel Cotto on the horizon.


JUANMA FALLS FOR THE LAST TIME: Juan Manuel Lopez was in familiar territory against Francisco Vargas when he found himself dropped and hurt in the third round. He had been hurt in the previous round and decided to go to war in hopes of replicating the thrilling comeback we saw in his last bout against Daniel Ponce de Leon. Unfortunately for JuanMa, the youth and strength of Vargas had him beating Lopez to the punch in every brutal exchange. The end was fitting for a proud but finished former champion. He got through the round on his feet and throwing haymakers, but his corner saw the inevitable and pulled him from further punishment. Although only 31 years old, JuanMa should strongly consider hanging up the gloves.


HERRERA KEEPS MOMENTUM WITH MAJORITY DECISION OVER PEREZ: Mauricio Herrera keep his name in the title picture at 140 with a majority decision (114-114, 116-112 twice) over Johan Perez. Herrera got the job done with an unrelenting body attack coupled with counter overhand rights that destroyed Perez’s rhythm. The draw score was a stretch from my viewpoint, but Perez showed a lot of heart and won rounds on sheer activity. The win makes Herrera the interim WBA junior welterweight champ. Don’t hold your breath for a Danny Garcia rematch since Garcia will likely face Lamont Peterson after “Swift” gets a soft touch against Rod Salka next month.



ABNER MARES RETURNS WITH UD WIN: It wasn’t pretty, but Abner Mares is back in the win column after 11 months with a unanimous decision over Jonathan Oquendo. This wasn’t the Mares we’re accustomed to — the vicious aggression was noticeably absent (except a brief sequence of in-fighting when Mares was cut early on). Oquendo was game, but Mares’ class allowed him to simply outbox him from mid-range and clinch when needed. The crowd booed lustily, and now many are already blaming Mares’ new coach, Virgil Hunter, for attempting to turn Mares into a “miniature Andre Ward.”

I wouldn’t go that far at this stage. Mares is coming off a devastating first round KO and nearly a one-year layoff, so let’s give him at least two more fights to get acclimated.

Canelo and Lara

LAS VEGAS — Check out the weigh-in for junior middleweight clash between Canelo Alvarez and Erislandy Lara live from the MGM Grand. The entire weigh-in event will be streamed in its entirety starting at 6 p.m. ET with an expected run time to 6:45 p.m. ET. The pay-per-view airs July 12 via Showtime starting at 9 p.m.


Photo Credits: Tom Hogan/Golden Boy, Esther Lin/Showtime

LAS VEGAS — Canelo Alvarez, Erislandy Lara, Abner Mares, Jonathan Oquendo, Juan Manuel Lopez and Mauricio Herrera officially kicked off fight week festivities for the July 12 “Honor & Glory” event with their “grand arrivals” yesterday at the MGM Grand. In addition, the fighters gave their thoughts on their final preparation for the card.

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Canelo Alvarez


Erislandy Lara insulted me and my country. He insulted my ability to box, and I take that seriously. This is more than just a fight for me. On Saturday, I’m not only fighting for my honor, I’m fighting for the pride of my country.

We’re ready to fight and I’m so happy to see all these people anxious for the day to finally arrive.

The fans are my motivation to keep winning and competing at a high level.

There’s a lot more of my story to be written so I am completely focused on Saturday night.

Lara can get motivated however he wants, talking or not. The best man will win on Saturday.

This fight will give me personal satisfaction. It’s about fighting the best and beating the best. The media and the fans know that this is a dangerous fight and them knowing that will make my win that much better.   It’s a personal satisfaction to be fighting the best and beating the best.




When I arrived to the United States from Cuba, times were tough. I’ve built what I have from nothing. I take pride in the opportunities that this country has given me. And I’m not about to let this one go by.

On Saturday I will trudge through the doors that my boxing skills have opened up for me and the world will know who I am.  

I feel very special to be here right now. I don’t feel any pressure because I am ready to fight.

They can say what they want Canelo is Canelo. I’m ready to fight because I believe the best should fight the best.

Right now Canelo is my enemy and this is war now.

I trust my trainer Ronnie Shields. He knows exactly what he is doing. Ronnie is the best trainer that I have ever had. I had great trainers as an amateur, but Ronnie is the best professionally.

I’m fighting for my family, to put food on the table for them. No one can take that away from me.


 Abner Mares and Jonathan Oquendo


This fight is no walk in the park. Jonathan is a warrior and that’s why I trained very hard. I’m here to make a statement.

The Mexico vs. Puerto Rico rivalry lets you know this is going to be a great fight.

I’m glad he has the mentality of the knockout, but on Saturday it is going to be my night in the ring.




I’m not going to lie; I have a lot of respect for Abner Mares, but don’t let that fool you. I don’t feel any pressure, he’s a great champ but there will be blood in the ring on Saturday, and it won’t be mine.

We have great fighters from Puerto Rico and this is for those fans who will see something great Saturday.

The knockouts come naturally to me; if it presents itself I will definitely knock him out.




I feel good and very confident. I’m simply a better fighter. Come Saturday night, Puerto Rico will school Mexico. Vargas better watch out.

Everything I did in the gym takes the pressure away and makes my confidence rise.

We’ve got two great countries, Puerto Rico and Mexico battling it out and I just want to prove Puerto Ricans can fight.



I’m ready for war, Juanma better be ready to fight a true Mexican warrior.

I don’t feel any pressure, that stuff just motivates me.

I’m glad to have all my countrymen here and we will give them all a war.




I know what I have in front of me. Mauricio is a tough, aggressive fighter and we’re going to give a great fight.

Make sure you don’t miss my fight Saturday. I’m going to be his problem, not Danny Garcia.




I’m coming off of a controversial loss, and I’m not about to let that happen again. I’m going to come out victorious on Saturday night and no judge will think otherwise.

We’re going to go through Johan first before worrying about another chance at Danny Garcia.

Johan is the guy in front me and I’ll show all of you a great match on Saturday.



OSCAR DE LA HOYA, President and Founder of Golden Boy Promotions

Fights like these are all for the fans, that’s why we’re in this business. The match-up between Canelo Alvarez and Erislandy Lara is going to be explosive and everyone in attendance and watching on television will witness the heart and will of two true champions.

When the final bell sounds on Saturday night, there will not only be a winner in the ring but the fight fans will walk away the winners as well because they will have seen boxing at it’s best.

Make sure you get there early for fireworks in the ring.

Top to bottom, this card is going to be explosive.



One of the best aspects of boxing in 2013 was the sheer amount of upsets. And it wasn’t debatable decisions — most of these fights saw the favorites getting destroyed in ruthless fashion. Below represents a few of the moments that keep Sweet Science observers abuzz and on their toes when it came to predictions.


Usually, most lists focus on the men. However, the ladies posted two huge upsets in 2013.



#1 ranked light flyweight Ava Knight hadn’t lost since 2009. It sure wasn’t expected that she’d fall to Ibeth Silva while making her first challenge for the WBC light flyweight title. The entertaining scrap saw the smaller and stronger Silva working the body and taking over with the inside exchanges down the stretch.




If Wonder Woman was real, she’d probably have a body like Hanna Gabriel. The Black Amazon had built a devoted following courtesy of her beauty and four-year, five fight KO streak. Earlier this year, the largely unknown 19-year-old Oxandia Castillo was expected to be in over her head. Instead, she simply ran through the more experienced Gabriel in two rounds. The upset win allowed her to jump into a light middleweight unification match against Cecilia Braekhus.




Abraham managed to take a unanimous decision over Stieglitz in 2012. This time, Stieglitz jumped on him from the opening round and never stopped throwing punches. Abraham’s eye was closed in short order and his will broken by the fourth. Stieglitz will be looking to end Abraham’s career when they complete the trilogy on March 1.




Viloria had been the man at flyweight the last few years. In this fight, it was Estrada who was the boxer-puncher who gave Viloria a boxing lesson. Viloria took a bit of a hiding in the later rounds, but hung tough. One of those “split decison in name only” bouts, as Estrada was the clear winner.




Melendez was the favorite but Brinson, fueled by being in front of his hometown fans, survived a wild 4th round to pull this one out. Also a “Round of the Year” contender in the three minutes below. A fun brawl.




It was shocking how the 40-year-old Sam Soliman was able to outwork and outbox former champion Felix Sturm. Then we found out Soliman tested positive for an illegal stimulant, which shouldn’t be too surprising these days. Although the bout was rightly changed to a No-Contest, this still makes the list for how surprising it was when it went down.




Tony Thompson kicked off his strong 2013 with this surprise KO over previously undefeated David Price. Few saw this one coming.




The Germans always “look after” their fighters on the scorecards, so that tells you how badly previously undefeated Denis Boytsov lost this fight by unanimous decision (90-98, 92-96 twice). Boytsov has been a pro since 2004 and the most notable names on his resume are past prime versions of Darnell Wilson and Dominick Guinn. Leapai’s most notable in-ring moment before this was getting KO’d by Kevin Johnson last year, so this was considered another routine easy touch for Boytsov. It was a great, feel-good moment to see the emotional Leapai getting his just due.


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After watching Shawn Porter’s relentless inside game and fast hands in beating Julio Diaz in their rematch, I backed the welterweight upstart to defeat Devon Alexander. Using the Tim Bradley bleuprint, Porter bullied, roughed up and wore out Alexander over the course of the fight. A lot of people didn’t think Porter had the experience. He didn’t need it because he had the right mentality to get the job done.




Thompson proved the first fight was no fluke punch in rising from a knockdown to beat down Price to a fifth round stoppage. Credit to Price for taking the rematch, but the wily vet was too smart and durable for him.




Don’t count your pay-per-view revenue before it hatches. While Broner was focused on becoming the next Mayweather, he forgot that one of Floyd’s major tenets is not overlooking any opponent. Maidana gave him a vicious and humbling in-ring experience. We await to see if Broner can bounce back and how far Maidana can go in 2014.




Just a week before this bout, Richard Schaefer proclaimed that Mares was the #2 Pound 4 Pound fighter in the world behind Mayweather. Mares built his credentials by winning Shopwtime’s bantamweight tournament and picking up the WBC featherweight crown by KO’ing Daniel Ponce de Leon.

Gonzalez is a highly-respected vet, but his best years were considered behind him after getting dropped a losing a technical decision to Ponce de Leon. Clearly the most shocking finish of any high-profile fight of 2013, Gonzalez began Mares’ downfall with one well-placed left hook in the very first round.