LOS ANGELES – August 3, 2017Abner Mares, the current WBA Featherweight World Champion boxer and four-division world boxing champion, will be donating over 200 backpacks to the LA County Sheriff’s Century Station boxing gym today at 2 p.m.  #OperationBackpack – the back-to-school drive serving the over 200 kids at the Century Boxing gym – is a program that Mares supports, being an ongoing advocate for the Sheriff’s youth boxing program.  
Mares is donating backpacks and supplies along with MG Events, Premier Boxing Champions and Bolte Media.  
Professional Boxer Abner Mares – Four division world champion boxer, current WBA Featherweight world champion, former Mexican Olympic Boxing team member.  
Mares will be donating over 200 backpacks to #OperationBackpack at the Century Sheriff’s Boxing Gym, which is part of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Youth Activity League.  The backpacks will be handed out on August 3 at the Century Youth Activities League at 2 p.m.  
“With 16 million children living below the federal poverty line, we want to do our part to make sure our kids are ready for the school year. Thank you to Abner for donating these backpacks to the children that our Youth Activities League supports,” Sergeant Veronica De La Rosa, Century YAL Site Director said  
Thursday, August 3
2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.  
Century Sheriff’s Boxing Gym
7116 Makee ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90001
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The Sheriff’s Youth Foundation serves more than 1600 students daily at 17 Youth Activity League (YALs).  Centers offer a daily nutritious snack and/or lunch, along with various programs and activities such as boxing, scuba diving, sleepover camp at Camp Courage, dance, organic gardening, in addition to many other nationally recognized sports and technology based youth enrichment programs.   
The Sheriff’s Youth Foundation is a non-profit organization and a nationally recognized 501(c)(3).       



Abner Mares (30-2-1) is a 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 30-win/14 knockouts, 2 loss/1 draw record speaks for itself and continues to grow. He won his fourth title on December 10, 2016 – the WBA Featherweight World title – when he defeated Argentina’s Jesus Cuellar in an electric fight ending in a split decision for Abner. He also held the IBF Bantam Weight, WBC Super Bantam weight and WBC Featherweight titles, as well as being a member of the 2004 Athens games Mexican Olympic Boxing team.  
Born in Guadalajara, MX, he was raised in both Mexico and in the United States in Hawaiian Gardens, CA 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.  
“Boxing has meant everything to me,” he said. “It’s allowed me the financial opportunities to rise out of poverty as a child, and through commitment and determination I’ve set a statement for hard work and educating yourself in the sport.”  
Described as, “…One of the most popular young fighters today…” and representing a new generation of Mexican athletes, his August 29, 2015 fight against Leo Santa Cruz delivered the largest boxing audience on ESPN since 1998 and was the highest rated and most-watched boxing telecast to ever air on ESPN Deportes.  

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