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Abner Mares targets revenge over Jhonny Gonzalez after Jose Ramriez win

Mares targets Gonzalez and Santa Cruz as he gets career back on track

“We’re back. The old Abner Mares is back and I think I proved that by giving you a great performance.”

Abner Mares was delighted with his crowd-pleasing victory over Jose Ramirez and focused on revenge on the man who stopped him inside one round.

“I wanted to go toe-to-toe and to prove I could take a punch,” Mares continued. “I wanted to get hit, go toe-to-toe and please the crowd. I think I did a great fight to please the fans. I threw a lot of combinations and ended with the body shots.

“I want my rematch [with Gonzalez]. I want my belt back. I owe it to myself, I owe it to my fans they only got to see half a round. We have 11 and a half rounds to finish.

“Leo Santa Cruz was here, I want that fight too and I think we will give the fans a great fight.”

Ramirez was understandably despondent.

“I’m happy with my effort, but not with the result. This is not where it ends for me. I’m going to continue. Mares is a great fighter. He is No. 3 in the world and I’m honoured to fight him.”

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