Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Abner Mares to become mandatory challenger to Ponce De Leon!

By Jack Price @PriceyJ97.

WBC President Jose Sulaiman has said that former two-weight world champion Abner Mares will become the organisation's mandatory challenger for Daniel Ponce De Leon's WBC featherweight world title.

Ponce (44-4, 34 KO's) was originally scheduled to face the initial mandatory challenger Jayson Velez on March 2nd but Velez withdrew due to an injury suffered in training. The WBC will now replace him, putting Mares (25-0, 13 KO's) in the mandatory spot.

Mares has just recently vacated the WBC super-bantamweight title to move up in weight in an attempt to become a three-division world champion. Sulaiman explained that "a fighter giving up his title to move up in weight, he becomes the mandatory challenger (to the WBC title at the weight above." He also said that "it would be great to see a fight between Ponce and Mares."

It should also be a fight that is relatively easy to make as both fighters are promoted by Golden Boy and share the same manager in Frank Espinoza. However, Ponce does have a rematch clause with the man he won the title from Jhonny Gonzalez. But you get the feeling that if the money is right and the promoters and teams want it, Mares Vs Ponce will be the fight that takes place first.

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