Mares Talks Past and Present Problems with Tank Fight
At the present moment, Abner Mares (31-3-1, 15 KO’s) is all over social media calling out a bevy of talented fighters. The former three-division champion has pulled the cards of lightweight Ryan “KingRy” Garcia (20-0, 17 KO’s), WBO world super featherweight champion Jamel “Semper Fi” Herring (21-2, 10 KO’s), and IBF world super featherweight champion Joseph “Jo-Jo” Diaz (31-1, 15 KO’s).
Yet, even with this appealing list of potential opponents, some fans still want to know why Mares has never locked horns with WBA world lightweight champion Gervonta “Tank” Davis (23-0, 22 KO’s).
TROUBLES IN TANGLING WITH TANK
The two were scheduled to clash for Davis’ then-WBA Super Featherweight title on February 9, 2019. Unfortunately, prior to the fight with Tank, Mares suffered an elbow injury that forced him to withdraw from the contest. Now that his arm has mended, many fight fans want to know if this prizefight can be put together once again.
“I see a lot of Tank Davis [questions]. So people that have been commenting, messaging me, asking about Tank Davis fight, you know why I didn’t fight him. Everybody knows why I didn’t fight him. I had an injury. So with that said, I been out for a whole year because of it. And now people are asking, ‘why aren’t you making this fight happen right now as we speak?’
“Well reason is because he has a fight already lined up against Leo Santa Cruz. So that’s already done, they are fighting, so I can’t get in the way. That fight is already made, I can’t do anything, you know? So basically I just have to wait and see who wins that fight, but it’s definitely still a fight that I want to happen. Hopefully it happens sooner than later, but that’s what I have to say about that.
It’s not me ducking him, it’s not me not wanting to call him out. It’s just what it is, he’s got a fight lined up with Leo Santa Cruz.”
Given this response, guess we’ll all just have to wait and see what happens when Davis goes to war with Leo Santa Cruz. Provided that Tank prevails, especially in dramatic fashion, the bout with Mares will likely be at it’s highest demand ever. So, let’s just hope that we get Davis and Cruz in the ring as soon as possible.
By: Bakari Simpson