Abner Mares comes back to boxing after 4-year ring absence

by | Sep 2, 2022 | Sports

LOS ANGELES — When an accomplished boxer in his mid-30s returns to the ring after a four-year absence and a potentially serious health problem, most fight fans assume — quite correctly, in most cases — it’s because the fighter spent all his money.“Thank God, that’s not me,” Abner Mares said with a chuckle.That’s an understatement, because the 36-year-old Mares has practically set the blueprint for a champion boxer moving intelligently into the next stage of his life.But the former three-division world champion wasn’t quite ready for that next stage to start yet, and that’s why Mares (31-3-1, 15 KOs) is back to face Miguel Flores on the pay-per-view undercard of the high-profile heavyweight showdown between Andy Ruiz Jr. and Luis Ortiz on Sunday night in downtown Los Angeles.“I’m just coming back for the love,” Mares told The Associated Press. “If I don’t do it now, I’m going to regret it for the rest of my life. I’m 36. I’m so capable. If I were to wait another year, two more years and be like, ‘Man, you should have taken that fight,’ I would never forgive myself for that.”Mares has plenty of other ways to spend his time rather than getting up at dawn for conditioning work and then sweating in a hot gym.He was a Fox Sports commentator even before an eye injury, and he landed a job with Showtime early during the pandemic. He an …

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