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JHONNY GONZALEZ STOPS ABNER MARES IN THE 1ST

 

 

Abner Mares loses WBC featherweight title after being stopped by Jhonny Gonzalez

Abner Mares lost his unbeaten record in spectacular style as Jhonny Gonzalez won the WBC featherweight title with a first-round stoppage.

Abner Mares: Lost WBC title and unbeaten record after being stopped in first round

Gonzalez nailed fellow Mexican Mares with a left hook that dropped the champion to the canvas in the opening round of the bout in California.

Mares managed to get to his feet but was knocked down again by a combination of punches and the referee eventually stepped in to stop the fight with five seconds left in the round.

"I knew Mares was hurt and that sooner or later the fight would be over," Gonzalez said.

It was a first-ever professional loss for 27-year-old Mares, who won the title by beating Daniel Ponce de Leon in May but came unstuck in his first defence.

Mares said: "I was alright but the ref did his job and I respect that. You win some, you lose some. I am not in this sport to go and carry an undefeated record.

"I am going to take a break and enjoy my family and my kids."

Gonzalez regained the belt he had held for almost 18 months before losing it to Ponce de Leon in September of last year.

On the undercard at the StubHub Center, Leo Santa Cruz stopped Victor Terrazas in the third round knockout to win the WBC super-bantamweight title.

Referee Lou Moret stopped the fight with Terrazas, who won the title in April, defenceless and unable to see out of his right eye after being knocked down earlier in the round.

"I was not expecting a knockout this early in the fight, I thought it would be later," Santa Cruz said.

Sourceswww1.skysports.com/boxing/news/12183/8888298/

 

Jhonny Gonzalez stuns Abner Mares with 1st-rd KO

CARSON, Calif. -- Jhonny Gonzalez stopped Abner Mares late in the first round Saturday night, reclaiming the WBC featherweight title in stunning fashion.

Leo Santa Cruz also won the WBC 122-pound title at the StubHub Center south of Hollywood, stopping Victor Terrazas in the third round.

Gonzalez (55-8, 47 KOs) dropped the previously unbeaten Mares twice late in the first round, flattening the 126-pound belt-holder with a left hook. Mares appeared to be hurt when he got back up, and the Mexican challenger knocked him down again with a combination along the ropes.

Referee Jack Reiss stopped the fight with 5 seconds left in the first round.

Gonzalez is known for his impressive knockout power, but the 31-year-old veteran from Mexico City also has been stopped three times in his up-and-down career.

Gonzalez held the WBC title for nearly 18 months before losing it to Daniel Ponce De Leon in a technical decision last September, and he was knocked down during one of his two previous victories this year.

Mares (26-1-1) held titles at 118 and 122 pounds before claiming the featherweight belt last May, stopping Ponce De Leon for his third world title belt. The popular Los Angeles-area fighter had sizable crowd support, but Gonzalez silenced his fans with two dramatic knockdowns.

Santa Cruz (25-0-1, 15 KOs), the former IBF 118-pound champion from nearby Lincoln Heights, picked up another impressive victory with a swift stoppage of Terrazas.

After controlling the first two rounds, Santa Cruz knocked his opponent down twice in the third round with a left hook and a big right hand. Terrazas got up both times, but referee Lou Moret stepped in with 51 seconds left in the third.

Terrazas (37-3-1), whose face was swollen after the first two rounds, won the vacant WBC title with a split decision over Cristian Mijares in April.

Santa Cruz has knocked out four of his last five opponents. He could be the next opponent for Mares, since promoters Golden Boy and Top Rank refuse to work together for a much-discussed fight pitting Mares against 122-pound star Nonito Donaire.

Sourcewww.miamiherald.com/2013/08/24/3584391/jhonny-gonzalez-stuns-abner-mares.html

 

Gonzalez stops Mares to regain WBC title

AFP - Jhonny Gonzalez defeated previously unbeaten champion Abner Mares in the first round to regain the World Boxing Council featherweight title in shocking fashion on Saturday.

Gonzalez was awarded a TKO victory after nailing Mares with a devastating left hook that floored the champion. Mares got up and continued to fight on the ropes but was knocked down again by a flurry of punches from Gonzalez. The referee stopped the fight at 2:55 of the opening round.

"I knew Mares was hurt and that sooner or later the fight would be over," Gonzalez said.

It was the first career loss for the 27-year-old Mares, who drops to 26-1 with one draw. Mares had won six straight fights since registering a draw against Colombia's Yonhy Perez in 2010.

Mares said he thought he could have continued.

"I was alright but the ref did his job and I respect that," he said. "You win some, you lose some. I am not in this sport to go and carry an undefeated record.

"I am going to take a break and enjoy my family and my kids."

Gonzalez improves to 55-8 with 47 knockouts, as he regained the crown he lost in September to compatriot Daniel Ponce de Leon, who Mares beat in May.

In an earlier bout on the undercard, Leo Santa Cruz pummelled Victor Terrazas with a third round knockout to capture the WBC's junior featherweight crown.

Referee Lou Moret stopped the fight at 2:09 of the third, with Terrazas defenseless and unable to see out of his right eye after being knocked down previously in the round.

"I was not expecting a knockout this early in the fight, I thought it would be later," Santa Cruz said.

The challenger dominated from beginning using his superior height and reach to land some heavy punches on Terrazas.

Santa Cruz said he won the title for his brother Roberto who is battling lupus, a disease which affects a person's immune system and attacks healthy cells and tissues.

"It means the world to me," said Santa Cruz. "I want to give the belt to (Roberto) because he is the real champion."

Santa Cruz vacated his bantamweight world title to move up to the junior featherweight ranks.

Terrazas falls to 37-3 with one drawn. Coming into the fight he had lost only once since his pro debut a decade ago. Saturday's defeat also snapped a 12-fight win streak

Sourcewww.france24.com/en/20130825-gonzalez-stops-mares-regain-wbc-title

 


 

 

 

 

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