Boxing fans who want to watch the Abner Mares vs. Jesus Cuellar boxing match live online will be able to catch all the action from the long-awaited bout, plus the added excitement of Jermall Charlo against Julian Williams.
The featherweight title match is scheduled for 10 p.m. on Saturday, with the broadcast on Showtime. It will also be available live online, with streaming video of the main bout on Showtime and the undercard available on Facebook Live.
The double-header will be kicking off Saturday night from USC’s Galen Center, with the title bout more than one year in the making. The Cuellar vs. Mares match has been set back by delays and inquiries, SB Nation noted, leaving the former three-division champion Mares more than a year since his last fight.
“I haven’t fought in over a year. A lot of people said I should’ve taken a tuneup fight. What’s the use of that?” Mares told SB Nation. “I’m here to fight the best.
“Am I worried about [Cuellar’s] power? Of course. Am I scared? No, it’s a contact sport. I’m looking forward to testing his punch. I hit hard, too. I’m going to make you believe.”
Mares last fought in August of last year, but his next fight was canceled after an injury in the main event and he was ruled ineligible for the next fight after the New York State Athletic Commission made an issue of his 2008 surgery for a detached retina.
Robert Garcia, Mares’ new trainer, said he’s confident that the boxer can succeed after the long layoff.
“Cuellar is dedicated and hungry to be a great champion — a strong brawler who has tremendous power who looks for the knockout. I don’t know what else can change,” Garcia said.
“That’s what we’re going to do. We have a great fight plan and if it goes the way we train, Abner should have a great win, I’ll have my 10th world champion and we’ll be 2-2 with Freddie Roach.”
As SB Nation writer Scott Christ noted, the match will likely depend on how much Mares has in the tank. Christ noted that Mares has been moving from trainer to trainer recently, which he said “indicates an instability that inevitably catches up to fighters.”
“Too many cooks and all that jazz,” he wrote. “Not to mention, he hasn’t fought in almost 16 months, since he was beaten by Leo Santa Cruz.”
Those who watch the Abner Mares vs. Jesus Cuellar match live online will likely see Mares getting a boost from his home crowd. The 31-year-old fighter lives in Los Angeles.
Cuellar, who is 28-1, with 21 knockouts, said he is hoping to score a knockout against the taller, but lighter-hitting fighter.
“I’m going to give you all a great fight,” Cuellar said, via ESPN. “I’m going to go out there and be triumphant for Argentina. I’m going to be victorious and hopefully I will get the knockout.”
There will be other action in the final Showtime boxing event of 2016. Fans can also watch the match between Jermal Charlo and Julian “J Rock” Williams live online. The undefeated Charlo will be making his third title defense against Williams, who is fighting for a title for the first time.
“Like I was ready for (defense) No. 1, I’m ready for No. 3,” Charlo said.
“I come here to fight and I come here to win,” he said. “When I punch him in the mouth, he’s gonna run and run and run.”
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