Former three-division titleholder Abner Mares is OK after being involved in a car accident in Los Angeles on Wednesday morning, but he was banged up enough to cancel his trip to Bristol, Connecticut, where he was scheduled to be the in-studio co-host for this week's "Noche de Combates," the Spanish-language version of "Friday Night Fights" on ESPN Deportes.
Mares was on his way to the airport at about 7 a.m. for his trip to Bristol when the car he was riding in was rear-ended when traffic slowed on the freeway. Mares said he and his driver were OK, as was the driver of the other car, but Mares added that he regretted that he was not wearing his seat belt.
"I'm good. Some little bumps and bruises here and there, but I'm OK," Mares said. "I took a nap and woke up a little sore. I'll go get checked out, but thank God it's not serious."
He estimated that the car was going about 70 mph when it stopped because of traffic and then was rammed from behind.
Mares' appearance likely will be rescheduled for next week.
Mares (27-1-1, 14 KOs) has won world titles at bantamweight, junior featherweight and featherweight. Last August, he was upset via first-round knockout by Jhonny Gonzalez, losing his featherweight title. Mares returned on July 12 in Las Vegas to outpoint Jonathan Oquendo and is on track for another title opportunity.