Mares: I am ready to fight, Gonzalez: He’s not the same boy I use to train with before, he’s a champion now
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Gene Blevins – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions
WBC featherweight champion Hawaiian Gardens Abner Mares (26-0, 14 KOs) and former world champion Jhonny Gonzalez (54-8, 46 KOs) of Mexico City worked out for media Tuesday afternoon at the Fabela Chavez Boxing Center in the City of Carson as they will square off this Saturday at the Stub Hub Center in Carson, California live on Showtime Championship Boxing. The champion who is days away from his first title defense arrived along with his team as many enthusiastic fans waited for him.
“I am days away from my fight. I feel good. I’m anxious to fight already,” Mares told Fightnews.com “This has been a great preparation for me. My sparring helped me out a lot, we got lanky distance fighters same style as Jhonny. Jhonny is a counter puncher who works the distance likes to set up combinations with the jab,” added Mares who had been training at the Elite MMA Academy in Santa Fe Springs in preparation for Gonzalez.
“My strength and conditioning was excellent. We are pretty much cutting down on weight now. Everyone thinks because I moved up in weight it’s easy to make weight but I feel strong, ready to make weight on Friday and I am ready to fight Saturday,” Mares concluded.
The Mexico City fighter Gonzalez worked out with his trainer, the legendary Nacho Beristan, as they wrapped up a solid camp together in Mexico. “We had a great preparation in Mexico City. Now it’s about executing what we have trained for,” Gonzalez told Fightnews.com “We see a great fighter who is considered one of the best in the featherweight division. He’s not the same boy I use to train with before, he’s a champion now.
The former WBC featherweight champion looks to regain his title that he lost almost a year ago via technical split decision to Daniel Ponce de Leon. Gonzalez was aiming for a rematch with Ponce De Leon but now will get his shot against Mares, who beat Ponce de Leon last May to win the WBC title.
“I feel happy to be fighting Abner. Same thing if I would have faced Daniel Ponce de Leon, just to get a chance to win the title back,” Gonzalez said. “Expect a war inside the ring, whether its Abner or me, we want the fans to be the winners in the arena and watching on TV.”
Terrazas and Santa Cruz primed for war
Also working out at Tuesday’s media workout were WBC super bantamweight champion Victor “Vikingo” Terrazas (37-2-1, 27 KOs) of Mexico and former bantamweight world champion undefeated Leo Santa Cruz (24-0-1, 14 KOs) of Lincoln Heights, California. The two will meet in the Showtime Championship Boxing co-feature bout.
“He’s a strong fighter that punches hard but when I feel him out we will adapt accordingly. I am pugilist I can adapt to any style inside the ring, toe-to-toe or flashy,” Terrazas told Fightnews.com. Terrazas trained in his hometown of Gudalajara, Mexico working with Jose “Chepo” Reynoso and former WBC featherweight champion Oscar “Chololo” Larios. Reynoso, who is the manager and works the corner of Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, has also guided Terrazas to a world title as well as prepare him for his first defense.
“Chololo helps me a lot he was an excellent fighter I saw him win a world title he advices me and gives me tips it motivates me,” Terrazas said. “It was a tough preparation physically and mentally. It was marvelous, now I’m waiting for the weigh-in and to make my defense as I look forward to returning to Mexico with my title.”
Leo Santa Cruz was sharp as he was ripping away at the heavy bag and demonstrating that lethal left hook downstairs under the watchful eye of his father/trainer Jose Santa Cruz. “It’s the last days, everything has been good. I feel good and strong the training was good. We come prepared for this fight,” Santa Cruz told Fightnews.com. I will come and give fans what they want a great show and leave it all in the ring I want to win the title. Expect a war because I know Terrazas wants to defend his title so I think we will leave everything in the ring.”
2012 U.S Olympians Workout
2012 U.S Olympian locals will also see action Saturday night at the Stub Hub Center as heavyweight Dominic Breazeale (5-0, 5 KOs) of Anaheim and South El Monte’s super bantamweight rising star Joseph “JoJo” Diaz (6-0, 4KOs) will be featured in separate bouts.
Breazeale looks to showcase his talents as he will fight a scheduled eight round heavyweight bout. Fightnews.com spoke to the 2012 US Olympian. “It’s going great, 5-0, 5 knockouts, couldn’t ask for anything more. Staying as consistent as possible. I got people coming from all over Southern California it’s always good to fight in front of a hometown. I’m excited to be fighting in my hometown and it is my first eight round fight,” Breazeale told Fightnews.com. “I have a good opponent. It’s the first time going against a southpaw, expect a ton of explosion and an active fight!”
For the 20 year old Diaz he is staying active since turning pro last December and looks to add another win to his record. Diaz is coming off a first round knockout win last month and will see action in a scheduled six round bout. “My last fight was a month ago. I got the guy out of there in a round. I got the call to fight on the Abner Mares card. I can’t wait to give everyone a great fight. It’ll be a great night of boxing overall,” Diaz told Fightnews.com “I am in my hometown I know I will have a lot of support it will be a great turnout. You’ll see a sharp and aggressive Joseph Diaz I will give the fans what they want.”
Julian Ramirez Quotes
Local prospect Julian “El Camaron” Ramirez (8-0, 5KOs) will be in action at the Stub Hub Center Saturday night and he also participated in Tuesday’s media workout. Ramirez who is the nephew of the late Genaro “Chicanito” Hernandez will be featured in a six round featherweight bout. “Everything is good I am ready preparation has been good I got good strong hard sparring. All I know about my opponent is that he is 3-0 from Mexico. I have a fan friendly style. I will try to go for the kill but if it goes all six rounds I will go at it with him,” Ramirez told Fightnews.com.
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