LOS ANGELES ( Associated Press) — When a skilled fighter returns to boxing in his 30s after a four-year absence and a serious medical problem, most fans are almost always right to believe he’s spent all his money.
“Thank God it’s not my case,” said Mexican Abner Mars with a smile.
The statement was somewhat modest. The 36-year-old Mars is practically an example of a champion who has wisely moved on to the next stage of his life.
However, he, the former world champion in three divisions with a 31-3-1, record of 15 knockouts, wasn’t quite ready to start that next stage just yet, and that’s why he’s the American Miguel on Sunday. Will face Flores in a fight preview. Which will be broadcast on TV in pay-per-view mode.
The fight is part of a show whose main course is a heavyweight duel between Mexican-American Andy Ruiz Jr. and Cuban Luis Ortiz in Los Angeles.
“I’m just coming back for love,” Mars told the Associated Press. “If I don’t do it now, I’ll regret it for the rest of my life. I’m 36 and quite capable. If I waited another year, two years, and then said ‘Oh my god, you should have taken that fight! ‘ I will never forgive myself.”
Mares could take advantage of other options instead of getting up early to do their conditioning and then sweating it out in a hot gym.
Fighter was a commentator for Fox Sports before he suffered an eye injury, and took a job with the Showtime television network at the start of the pandemic.
Mars and his wife, with whom he has been married since the start of his professional career 17 years ago, responsibly invested a substantial portion of his money to provide a comfortable life for his two daughters studying in private schools. has done.
“At first they told me ‘why come back,'” said Mars. “‘We live comfortably. We are fine. Why get into it?’ I’m really putting them through moments of panic. I can just go back and have fun, but they’re worried. They’ve always been there for me. They’ve always been 100% with me, but they want that This will be my last fight, I hope.”
Mars never intended to hang up his gloves since June 2018, when he lost a friendly rematch against his compatriot Leo Santa Cruz.
He had agreed to a fight with American Gervonta “Tank” Davis for February 2019, but had to cancel it due to a retinal detachment he suffered during a training session.
He had a successful surgery and was cleared to return to the ring a year later. The doctors who performed the operation will be in battle on Sunday.
But with the arrival of the pandemic came the recovery and the mares began to enjoy their comfortable life at home for two years.
Now he wants to enjoy the final stretch.