By Rene Umanzor

Former three division world champion Abner Mares (27-1-1, 14KOs) is training for his upcoming fight, which is going to close out his 2014. In 2015, Mares would like to get fights with Leo Santa Cruz and Jhonny Gonzalez.

Mares returns on December 13th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas against an opponent to be determined. The fight takes place on the undercard to Amir Khan vs. Devon Alexander.

Mares, managed by Al Haymon, says the upcoming fight next is the last bout under his promotional contract with Golden Boy but he gets along very well with their company and plans to continue working with them but it does not appear clear if he's going to sign an agreement with them.

"We are looking at the possibility of facing Leo Santa Cruz next year, here in Los Angeles. There are also plans to get the rematch against Jhonny Gonzalez and probably get a fight against Nicholas Walters, who is an opponent who interests me," Mares said.

"I am very happy with Golden Boy. The December fight is the last one with them because my contract expires. Golden Boy is not negotiating directly with me, they do it with my manager (Al Haymon) although the relationship between the company and myself is still good."

Rene Umanzor covers boxing in Mexico for The Record.