Following a rib injury suffered in training, former world champion boxer Abner Mares has withdrawn from his February 15 rematch with WBC Featherweight Champion Jhonny Gonzalez, causing a postponement of the entire card.
The injury constitutes another setback to a talented young fighter whose career seems to have temporarily stalled since his surprise knockout loss to Gonzalez.
"I'd like to apologize to all of my fans, Golden Boy Promotions, and Jhonny Gonzalez," said Mares. "I was looking forward to getting back into the ring with Jhonny to avenge my loss, and once I recover from this injury, I'll be back in the gym and ready for this rematch as soon as possible."
A new date for the rematch will be announced once Mares is cleared to resume training.
"I'm disappointed of course, but I know that these things happen in boxing, and I wish Abner a speedy recovery," said Gonzalez. "We both know that we'll meet again and when we do, we'll give the fans a fight to remember."
"It's never a good thing when injuries like this occur, and I know Abner tried to fight through it, but it's best that we postpone this event and reschedule it so that both fighters are at their best on fight night," said Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions.
Ticket refunds may be obtained at the point of the original purchase. The fight was originally scheduled to occur at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
By Staff of The Daily Sports Herald and news services