Reports coming out of the US suggest that Mexico's Abner Mares (26-1-1, 14) is having serious second thoughts about a clash with WBC Super Featherweight champion Takashi Miura (27-2-2, 20).
The bout, mooted to take place on the undercard of Floyd Mayweather's bout against Marcos Maidana on May 3rd, was thought to be all but signed and sealed but unfortunately things don't seem to be that clear.
Mares, a 3-weight former world champion, seems to have realised that Miura isn't a pushover like he seemed to expect and instead is actually a fearsome fighter who would hold size, strength and power advantages over the Mexican fighter. With that in mind Mares seems likely to back out and leave Miura, AKA "the Japanese Mexecutioner", missing out on what would have been a very high profile contest and a chance to show off his skills to a wider US audience.
Whilst some will say it's a good move from Mares to at least think twice about the bout it is worth noting that the Mexican can't afford to waste much more time. The supposed date of the bout is less than 2 months away and if Mares doesn't want the challenge of Miura he should say so now rather than drag out the whole issue and put the Japanese fighters career on hold.
Thankfully if the bout does fall through then it leaves the door open for a rematch between Miura and WBA champion Takashi Uchiyama in a bout that we actually prefer to see made sooner rather than later. Uchiyama does look to be on the slide and if the rematch has to wait until next year then we don't think it'd be as good a bout as if it was made for the middle of this year.
Whilst both fights are great we just hope Mares makes up his mind rather than drag the whole process out any longer.
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A report from Japan earlier today suggest that Takashi Miura (27-2-2, 20) will be defending his WBC Super Featherweight title in Las Vegas on May 3rd on the under-card of Floyd Mayweather's upcoming contest.
Although Mexican Abner Mares (26-1-1, 14) wasn't confirmed as an opponent it seems that the bout is all but signed and that it's now just a case of dotting the i's and crossing the t's on the contract.
Miura, who we had hoped would kick off 2014 with a unification bout against Takashi Uchiyama, has likely taken the Las Vegas option for the obvious reasons. He will get paid very handsomely for travelling to fight Mares and will also receive the attention his talent deserves. He will also know that a win over Mares will add to his reputation as a "Mexicutioner" and that he'll have proven himself to a wider audience.
At the moment Miura is on a 7 fight winning streak since losing to Uchiyama back in 2011. Although that rematch has been long mooted it's now looking more and more unlikely to take place and will be another bout that has fallen by the way side as both men instead concentrate on other tasks at hand.
Interestingly the last 3 of Miura's wins have come against Mexican's with stoppages over Gamaliel Diaz and Dante Jardon as well as a decision over Sergio Thompson. He also holds a victory over Jorge Perez to have a total record against Mexicans of 4-0 (2).
As for Mares, who is 3 weight world champion champion having won titles at Bantamweight, Super Bantamweight and Featherweight this will be his toughest test and as far as we're aware his first fight against a Japanese fighter.
If this fight is, as we're expecting, confirmed in the next day or two we will be looking forward to a genuinely entertaining war even if it's not the war we really wanted to see next.
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Reports out of Mexico suggest that former 3-weight world champion Abner Mares (26-1-1, 14) is currently targeting a show down with WBC Super Featherweight champion Takashi Miura (27-2-2, 20).
The match up is supposedly being negotiated for May 3rd at the MGM Grand on the under-card of Floyd Mayweather's upcoming contest. It would be a chance for Mares to to claim a 4th divisional title, avenge the fact Miura has beaten a trio of Mexican fighters and also allow Mares himself to avoid his much talked about rematch with Jhonny Gonzalez.
Unfortunately from our point of view it's a bout that could scupper, or at least delay, the potential all-Japanese unification match between Takashi Miura and Takashi Uchiyama (21-0-1, 17), the WBA champion.
Uchiyama and Miura have fought before, with Uchiyama forcing a retirement of Miura back in 2011 but since then Miura has improved drastically to become a force in his own right in the division. A rematch is something both men have spoken about and something both we and and the fans want sooner rather later.
We have no fear that if Miura was to fight Mares there would only be one winner. Miura would be too strong, too powerful and too big for Mares who was small at Featherweight and will be very small at Super Featherweight.Though of course we can see the lure of the fight to Miura who would likely get a bumper pay day and major international experience for being on one of the biggest shows of the year as well as a high profile bout with some one he really should beat.
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