Mares vs. Ponce de Leon a go for April 20 - By John J. Raspanti- Doghouse Boxing News

Mares vs. Ponce de Leon a go for April 20
By John J. Raspanti, Doghouse Boxing (Feb 27, 2013) Photo © German Villasenor, Doghouse Boxing

Mares vs. Ponce de Leon - Photo © German Villasenor, Doghouse Boxing
Abner Mares will attempt to become a three-division world champion when he tangles with defending featherweight titleholder Daniel Ponce de Leon April 20 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Ca.

  Mares, 27, had been vying for a shot at 122-pound champion Nonito Donaire early this year, but rival promoters Top Rank, and Golden Boy Promotions, (who handles Mares) couldn’t agree on terms.

Ponce de Leon (44-5, 35 KOs ), 32, captured the WBC featherweight crown with an eight-round technical decision over Jhonny Gonzales in 2012. The former 122-pound beltholder lost successive fights to Adrien Broner and Yuriorkis Gamboa in 2011, but quickly rebounded with three straight victories.

  Mares (25-0, 13 KOs ) defended his WBC belt last November with an impressive thrashing of bantamweight champion Anselmo Moreno. His first taste of a world title was in 2011, when he defeated Jossph Agbeko.

  “It's a big opportunity for Ponce De Leon to fight against one of the best young fighters in boxing, and a great opportunity for Abner to move up to yet another weight class to challenge for the world title," Golden Boy Promotions' Richard Schaefer told  

"I think it's one of those fights where you have no idea who is going to win and you know you will be on the edge of your seat."  

The rumored co-feature would pit former junior welterweight champion Marcos Maidana (33-3, 30 KOs), against Josesito Lopez (30-5, 18 KOs ) in a guaranteed barnburner.
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