Abner Mares makes his return to the ring following an 11-month layoff on Saturday night, taking on Jonathan Oquendo on the undercard of Saul "Canelo" Alvarez vs. Erislandy Lara at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Mares, a former three-division champion, was stunningly knocked out in one round by Jhonny Gonzalez last August, ceding his featherweight championship in a pretty significant upset.
An injury forced him to postpone and ultimately cancel a scheduled rematch, and he’ll be making his first appearance under the tutelage of new trainer Virgil Hunter.
Oquendo—a decent, but unspectacular, opponent—seems the perfect fit for a comeback fight. He’s been knocked out each of the two times he stepped up to face quality opposition, and it would be surprising if he upsets Mares.
Read on for your complete preview and prediction for Mares vs. Oquendo.