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Mares looks for a fresh start in 2016

Photo: Erick Ramirez / Premier Boxing Champions

Photo: Erick Ramirez / Premier Boxing Champions

Former three-division titlist Abner Mares (29-2-1, 15 KOs) has not fought since his majority-decision loss to Leo Santa Cruz last August, but after a change in personnel in his camp, he’s confident of victory in his June 25 title shot against Jesus Cuellar.

“I knew I needed to change my camp after the last fight. I felt that we had a solid camp but in the end, I didn’t stick to the plan and it resulted in a loss. I am a warrior, I’ll never give up, always come back,” said Mares out of his gym in Los Angeles. “I am not afraid to take a fight. But I knew I needed a trainer whose plan I would have to follow versus having a trainer who would fit into mine. Robert and I come from similar backgrounds, his record speaks for itself and I know this partnership is going to deliver big wins.”

Mares’ featherweight title opportunity against Cuellar takes place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, on a card airing live on primetime on CBS and headlined by the welterweight title fight between Keith Thurman and Shawn Porter.

“This is going to be a technical fight,” added Mares. “Cuellar is a hard-hitting fighter and since the fight was made we’ve been preparing for a real battle. I have no personal vendetta against him, however I am excited to see what monster the Mares-Garcia combination has created and gets unleashed. My power and spirit are 1000 percent. Fans are going to see a fantastic, clean, technical fight.”

“It’s my first time fighting and being in New York and I plan on giving the fans at Barclays a ‘Fight of the Year’ performance,” he said. “New York is the home of the American dream. Being a Mexican who came to the U.S. as a young child, it’s hugely symbolic for me as well as my family. This is my chance at winning my fourth world title and to do it in the city that started so many dreams and careers and on the first primetime fight on CBS in almost 40 years, it’s an important moment.”

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