Abner Mares loses WBC featherweight title after being stopped by Jhonny Gonzalez
Abner Mares lost his unbeaten record as Jhonny Gonzalez won the WBC featherweight title with a first-round stoppage.
Last Updated: 25/08/13 4:09pm
Gonzalez nailed fellow Mexican Mares with a left hook that dropped the champion to the canvas in the opening round of the bout in California.
Mares managed to get to his feet but was knocked down again by a combination of punches and the referee eventually stepped in to stop the fight with five seconds left in the round.
"I knew Mares was hurt and that sooner or later the fight would be over," Gonzalez said.
It was a first-ever professional loss for 27-year-old Mares, who won the title by beating Daniel Ponce de Leon in May but came unstuck in his first defence.
Mares said: "I was alright but the ref did his job and I respect that. You win some, you lose some. I am not in this sport to go and carry an undefeated record.
"I am going to take a break and enjoy my family and my kids."
Gonzalez regained the belt he had held for almost 18 months before losing it to Ponce de Leon in September of last year.
On the undercard at the StubHub Center, Leo Santa Cruz stopped Victor Terrazas with a third round knockout to win the WBC super-bantamweight title.
Referee Lou Moret stopped the fight with Terrazas, who won the title in April, defenceless and unable to see out of his right eye after being knocked down earlier in the round.
"I was not expecting a knockout this early in the fight, I thought it would be later," Santa Cruz said.