Mexican boxing star Abner Mares has been in philosophical mood today as he gets ready for one of the biggest fights of his career.

Mares has been involved in some memorable wars in his career and knows what it’s like to have to dig down deep and fight in the trenches.

Brought to the US from Mexico by his mother with his six brothers and sisters, he’s carved a boxing career out for himself that has seen him become a 4-weight world champion.

Talking today at a baseball game when asked about boxing and what it takes to become a champion, Mares said:

“Boxing is a disciplined and dedicated sport. The Sheriffs know that with hard work, dedication and discipline, you can make it in life.”

He added:

“You 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 every time and not quitting. That’s what makes a true champion.”

Mares rematches fellow Mexican multi-weight world champion Leo Santa Cruz in a couple of weeks time on June 9th at the Staples Center in LA, the same night Tyson Fury makes his comeback.