Former three division world champion boxer Abner Mares works out for the media on August 18, 2015 in Bell Gardens, California, ahead of his "Battle of Los Angeles" match against former two division world champion Leo Santa Cruz at Staples Center. The two Mexico-born, California- based boxers will square off August 29th at Staples Center I los Angeles.   AFP PHOTO / FREDERIC J. BROWNFREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images ORIG FILE ID: 543444852

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A fateful night at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., two years ago almost to the day — Aug. 24, 2013 — has had a profound effect on the life and career of Abner Mares.

It was the night Mares, then a rising star in the boxing world, an undefeated WBC featherweight champion, never made it out of the first round. He was dropped by a left hook from veteran knockout artist Jhonny Gonzalez, then hit the canvas a second time after a right hook before referee Jack Reiss stopped it. It was a stunning upset in every sense.

Bob Velin writes that many of Mares’ fans, and many in the media believed he was exposed as a fighter that night. His stock dropped precipitously.

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