A 27-year-old who is THE RING’s No. 5-rated pound-for-pound fighter, Mares falls to 26-1-1 with 14 knockouts, and Gonzalez rises to 55-8 with 47 KOs.
The Showtime broadcast begins at 10:30 p.m. ET/ 7:25 PT.
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Referee: Jack Reiss
Judges: Alejandro Rochin, Oren Shellenberger, Marty Denkin.
The heavily-bearded Gonzalez enters the arena first wearing a white baseball cap, a shiny, glistening blue robe with black lapels to a smattering of boos.
Mares entes wearing a white baseball cap and the green and white skull mask bandana on his face to a rousing and lusty chorus of cheers.
Mares weighed in at 125.5 compared to 125 even for Gonzalez.
Jimmy Lennon makes the introductions: Gonzalez, bouncing on his toes in his corner and firing punches at an imaginary opponent, is roundly booed. .
Mares has his bandana and a black shirt removed before pounding his fists off either cheek and uppercutting the air. He is loudly cheered as he thrusts a fist into the air.
Round 1:. Fighters touch gloves. Gonzalez in white gloves, Mares, in red. Probing early by each fighter. Mares lands a jab and a right. Crowd’s already chanting Mares’ name. Mares’ jab reaches, as does Gonzalez.’ Mares doubles his hook, fires a right that misses, and lands with a left. Gonzalez lands a decent right. Three-punch combo. MARES GOES DOWN TO HIS BACK FROM A WICKED LEFT HOOK!!!! HE’S UP, BUT BADLY HURT. REFEREE Jack Reiss asks “are you okay?” Mares answers in the affirmative. Reiss asks if he wants to contiue, and he again says “yes.” Reiss steps back and asks Mares to “walk to me,” which he does. BUT GONZALES IS ON HIM AGAIN AND LANDS TWO LEFTS AND A FOLLOW-UP RIGHT ALONG THE ROPES. MARES IS DOWN AGAIN, TRIES TO GET UP BY PLACING HIS LEFT HAND ON THE ROPES. REISS REACHES THE COUNT OF THREE, THEN WAVES IT OFF.
IT’S OVER!!! GONZALEZ WINS BY FIRST-ROUND KNOCKOUT AT THE 2:55 MARK!!!!
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