ABNER MARES – WBA WORLD BOXING CHAMPION, AWARD WINNING SPORTS JOURNALIST JIM GRAY, SHOWTIME AND RINGSTAR SPORTS HOST ‘CHAMPIONS MADE HERE DAY’ AT LA COUNTY SHERIFF’S CENTURY BOXING GYM

‘Getting Up and Not Quitting…That’s What Makes A True Champion,” Mares

Community Event Held for over 150 Los Angeles Area Youth held in Advance of the June 9 Abner Mares vs. Leo Santa Cruz World Championship Title fight at the Staples Center, LIVE on SHOWTIME

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LOS ANGELES – MAY 25, 2018 – Abner Mares, the WBA World Featherweight Boxing Champion and four-time world boxing champion, International Boxing Hall of Famer and EMMY Award winning sports reporter Jim Gray, SHOWTIME and Ringstar Sports hosted a “Champions Made Here” community program with the LA County Sheriff’s Station Century Boxing Gym on Thursday, May 24. Mares, Gray, Ringstar Sports CEO Richard Schaefer and Mares’s world champion strength and conditioning coach Luis Garcia all spoke to over 150 children from seven to 19 on their careers and how champions are built in Los Angeles.

Mare’s fights for his fifth world title on Saturday, June 9 when he meets Leo Santa Cruz center ring at Staples Center. The fight is a rematch to their 2016 match to be televised live on SHOWTIME.

“Boxing is a disciplined and dedicated sport – and that’s why you like boxing. The Sheriff’s know this that with hard work dedication and discipline you can make it in life,” said Mares. “They think in boxing a perfect record is everything. It isn’t. When you lose you know what makes you a better champion? Getting up, and becoming a champion again. Getting up, getting up and not quitting…that’s what makes a true champion.“

The Sheriff’s Century Station is run by The Sheriff’s Youth Foundation to create a second home for youth and families in underserved communities to feel safe, to blossom and to be inspired. Under the leadership of Sheriff Deputies at 16 Youth Academies throughout the county, LASD provides mentorship and a wide variety of after school programs for youth ages seven to 17.

Shown, left to right: Deputy Carlos De La Torre; Jim Gray, EMMY winning journalist and 2018 Boxing Hall of Fame inductee; Sgt. Veronica De La Rosa; Richard Schaefer, CEO, Ringstar Sports; Abner Mares, four-time world boxing champion and WBA Featherweight World Champion; Luis Garcia, world champion strength & conditioning coach.

Photo credit: Mares Enterprises

ABOUT ABNER MARES:

Abner Mares is the current WBA Featherweight World champion and four-division World Boxing champion, Olympian and tenacious fighter known for strategy, execution, calculated power and a wicked inside punch. As the second youngest fighter to be a three–time World Champion, Abner’s 31-win/15 knockouts, 2-loss/1 draw record speaks for itself and continues to grow. Born in Guadalajara, MX, he was raised in both Mexico and the United States with his parents working multiple jobs to provide for their 11 children. Abner’s father introduced him to boxing at a young age, with Abner starting his training professionally at age 12. Abner’s story of his family’s struggles both in Mexico and the U.S. has been well documented, as he came to the U.S. at 7 years old, immigrating to the U.S. via Tijuana. The journey and challenges he and his family faced as new immigrants, not knowing English, were real and he credits boxing’s core tenants of strength, focus and dedication in helping him change his life.

ABOUT THE CENTURY SHERIFF STATION GYM AND SHERIFF’S YOUTH FOUNDATION

The Sheriff’s Youth Foundation programs create a second home for youth and families in underserved communities to feel safe, to blossom, and to be inspired. Under the leadership of Sheriff Deputies at 16 Youth Academies throughout the county, LASD provides mentorship and a wide variety of after school programs for youth ages 7 to 17. But more than anything, LASD gives love and respect. Our reward is knowing we are significantly impacting choices young people are making; building character and the confidence to turn away from the negative temptations in life. For more information on the Century Sheriff’s Station visit @CenturyLASD, @CenturySheriffsStation or the Sheriff’s Youth Foundation please visit http://www.sheriffsyouthfoundation.org/

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Contacts:
For Abner Mares/Team Mares:

Hanna Bolte, Bolte Media

310-497-5586; Hanna@boltemedia.com

For the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Youth Foundation:

Deputy Carlos De La Torre (Century Station)

818-331-4694; cgdelato@lasd.org

Sergeant Vincent Plair (Sheriff’s Information Bureau)

213-505-4826; veplair@lasd.org