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Mares, Molina Jr. workout quotes

Photos: Abel Madrid

Photos: Abel Madrid

Earlier this week, Abner Mares and John Molina Jr. held a media workout in advance of their respective fights, which take place on March 7 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

“Being the underdog is how I got to this point. I took the scenic route to get here but I’m definitely excited to be on this big show on NBC. It’s going to be a great night of boxing on March 7,” said Molina, who is coming off a unanimous decision loss to Humberto Soto.

“The Soto fight was a learning experience, but going in as the underdog is about going in and doing your job. I’ve had a lot of success as an underdog.”

Molina (27-5, 22 KOs) will be facing Adrien Broner in hopes of picking up a huge win and ending his two-fight losing streak.

“I’m undefeated against quick guys like Adrien Broner and I love being the underdog,” added Molina. “Adrien Broner is a great name for the sport of boxing, everyone loves to hate him, so it’s going to be a great night of boxing.”

Also on the card is Abner Mares, who will be taking on Antonio Santos Reyes, in a fight that may either be aired on NBC or on NBC Sports Network, depending on the timing of the other fights.

Mares (28-1-1, 15 KOs) has gone back to his old trainer Clemente Medina, as he looks to get back on track to another word title.


“I have always felt the love from all my different coaches. There’s no perfect coach and no perfect fighter,” said Mares. “Going back to Clemente Medina was just the most perfect fit. He knows me well and we’re on the same page. There is a lot of comfort.”

Having won two straight since his knockout loss to Jhonny Gonzalez, Mares says he’s learned a lot from his only loss.

“I didn’t lose anything from the Gonzalez fight, I gained. I learned a lot from that fight and now I’m more focused on becoming better and better.

“I have to go out there and make a statement. I’m going out there and branding myself on national television. I’m excited for people to see me out there and my mentality is to go in there and impress. I want to steal the show,” said Mares.

The card will be headlined by the welterweight clash between Keith Thurman and Robert Guerrero, with the event being aired on primetime on NBC (8:30 p.m. ET / 5:30 p.m. PT). Tickets are already on sale and are available for $400, $300, $100 and $50.

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