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En Fuego Access: Behind-the-Scenes of Abner Mares' Triumphant Comeback

Abner Mares discusses his training and hard hitting sparring sessions as he prepares for his bout with Miguel Flores.

Abner Mares is getting ever closer to his return to the ring. A return after a few years away means early morning runs, hours in the gym and, of course, sparring sessions.

The 36-year-old boxer spoke with En Fuego about that very aspect of his training and some of the misconceptions of sparring sessions.

“That's what they say,” Mares said. “You know, you win your fights at the gym and this is where we do it.”

Mares’ previous fight was back in 2018, a unanimous decision loss to Léo Santa Cruz. He now looks ahead to Miguel Flores on Sept. 4. It will be a momentous occasion for a boxer whose career has been sidetracked with occurrences of a detached retina.

On the lead up to the big night. Mares is hungry, but so is his partner in the ring.

“(These) sparring partners are kids, I mean, this is a 19 to 20-year-old kid, you know,” he laughs. “He’s hungry. And, you know, they test you.”

And whether the punches are pulled in training. Mares puts that notion to rest, “We hit each other harder.”

Abner Mares Takes on Miguel Flores: Sept. 4 on FOX Sports PBC Pay-Per-View. Live from Arena in Los Angeles. The pay-per-view telecast will begin at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT

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