Later this week Abner Mares will be formally announced as the next challenger for the WBA super featherweight champion Tank Davis. Mares has had a top-notch career and has captured world-titles in three separate weight classes and has a resume choc-filled with world class opposition. On top of all that Mares is one of the good guys in boxing! A friendly, fan-friendly, warrior who fights the best, ducks no one and has a heart of gold. While doing a recent interview Mares was doing to promote his charity, he gives out to turkeys to the needy on Thanksgiving, something came to mind? Mares has had an excellent career, is he Hall Of Fame worthy? After kicking the question around I concluded…. maybe? I dunno! However, a win over Tank and Mares will be a prohibitive underdog, would absolutely change that. A victory would put him in elite company as a four-division world champion.
Abner Mares has been a fan favorite for years now. He first burst onto the scene back in 2010 on the undercard of Israel Vazquez /Rafael Marquez undercard. he fought tough Colombian Yonnhy Perez, who was just coming off impressive victories over Silence Mabuza and Joseph Agbeko. Perez was a heavy favorite but Mares seemed to outbox the veteran and pull out an exciting 12-round decision. Instead, he was given a hard-luck draw. But Mares fought the best, a trend that he would make a habit out of, and seemed to get the best of him. Mares Would go on to capture his first world title getting a controversial decision over Agbeko. It wasn’t the scorecards that were controversial it was the constant low blows that Mares seemingly got away with, including one that dropped Agbeko and was never deducted a point for any of the probably dozen or so low shots that he was warned about. Mares wasn’t given full credit for winning the title due to the controversy.
Typically being a three-division world champion is automatic grounds for hall of fame induction, however despite pulling off this version of the hat trick, beating the likes of Vic Darchinyan, Joseph Agbeko, Eric Morel, Anselmo Moreno, Daniel Ponce De Leon and Jesus Cuellar and dropping two close decision in fight of the year type fight with Leo Santa Cruz. Mares probably will fall just short of the hall of fame. His career lacks the career-defining win and pound for pound elite. Pulling the upset over 24-year-old Gervonta “Tank” Davis, who is coming off a destruction of Cuellar, who put Mares into two of the most elite groups in the boxing world, a four-division world champion and a hall of fame inductee. Fair or not that’s what’s on the line for Mares.