Abner Mares will challenge Daniel Ponce de Leon for his WBC Featherweight title on April 20, in a Showtime-televised fight from the Home Depot Center in Carson, California. It will be the first fight at 126 lbs for Mares, who decided to move up in weight after not landing the fight against Nonito Donaire, and it represents a tough challenge in his debut, and a better fight than expected, as his team initially said it would simply test the waters.
Mares vs. Ponce de Leon was originally rumored to be on the Floyd Mayweather vs. Robert Guerrero and Saul "Canelo" Alvarez vs. Austin Trout supercard, but apparently that was too good to be true, and the fight will be held on Showtime a few weeks prior.
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Mares vs. Ponce is a great, meaningful match-up, and it should be a fun one to watch. Ponce is tough and brings a punch, and has continually improved over the years. Mares just doesn't know how to lose, but he'll run into a guy here who he likely won't be able t...