Mares stops Ramirez
Abner Mares’ reunion with trainer Clemente Medina proved to be an exciting one for the fans.
A former three-division titlist, Mares channeled the aggressive style that helped him build his name by dropping Jose Ramirez three times and stopping him in a late addition to the fight of the year conversation.
Referee Jack Reiss stopped the bout upon suggestion of the corner after Round 5 as Mexico’s Ramirez (24-4-2, 15 KOs) refused to stop coming forward despite taking tremendous punishment.
“I expected it to be a war and he made it a war,” Mares said. “I needed these rounds. He was a tough guy. I wanted to start fast and I think I did that. I wanted to show that just because I was knocked out once, it doesn’t mean I can’t take a punch.”
Mares (28-1-1, 15 KOs), who joined forces with trainer Virgil Hunter for one fight following his August 2013 knockout loss to Jhonny Gonzalez, stood in the pocket from the opening bell and was willing to take as much as he gave.
But despite Ramirez’s toughness, Mares was the bigger puncher with the better technique who routinely landed the cleaner, harder shots. Mares scored a knockdown in Round 1 following a pair of body shots and added a second knockdown in Round 3 when Ramirez was hurt by a flurry and fell into the ropes.
A Mares body shot forced Ramirez to touch a knee to the canvas in Round 4, although Reiss ruled it a slip. Mares came back the following round to floor Ramirez again on a vicious left hook. Ramirez spit out his mouthpiece to buy time and was docked an additional point.
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