Mares puts in WBC request to meet De Leon v Velez victor at 126

World Boxing Council President Jose Sulaiman has exclusively revealed to WBN that WBC super-bantamweight champion Abner Mares has now officially relinquished his title after moving up to featherweight.

27 year-old Mares was hoping to secure a unifcation clash with WBO title holder Nonito Donaire, although negotiations failed to get off the ground and the Mexican is now hoping to be given an immediate title shot at 126lbs.

“Abner Mares did vacate the super-bantamweight title and is requesting that the WBC give him an opportunity at the featherweight title as an undefeated WBC champion,” Sulaiman told World Boxing News.

“We are now taking the necessary steps with the board of governors to vote about this request and that will take a few days for their decision.”

Current belt holder at featherweight, Daniel Ponce De Leon has already told WBN that he is interested in a meeting with Mares in the future, but refused to look any further than March 2 opponent Jayson Velez.

Wiley southpaw De Leon, 32, will tackle the dangerous unbeaten 24 year-old challenger in New York, with the winner then in line for a lucrative meeting with two-weight world champion Mares in the summer.