"Basically, the couple of times [I lost], I wasn't in the best preparation that I could have had. I've learned from that. Like they say, third time is a charm. And you know what? We're taking it very serious. I know Abner Mares. I know his capabilities. I know how risky this fight is," stated featherweight contender Jonathan Oquendo, who talked about his upcoming clash with multi-division world champion Abner Mares on the July 12 undercard of Canelo vs. Lara. Although he's the underdog heading into the bout, Oquendo strongly believes that he's learned from his setbacks and he's made the necessary changes in his career to pull off the upset.
"I had a couple of losses and they taught me and now we have a good team. We're preparing really well," he explained during a recent conference call to promote the bout. "Abner mentioned it earlier, you fall, you lose, you've got to learn to get up. To be a great champion, great fighters, you have to learn to fall and get up. I've learned from my past, from my mistakes. He took some time off, he rested. He knows what he needed to do," he added. "When I've lost in the past, a couple of weeks later, I'm back in the gym. That's my way of dealing with it. That's my therapy, right back in the gym. I'm very prepared. I know what this fight means. And I'm just looking forward to the date. I'm ready."
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