By Kevin Davis
Jhonny Gonzalez (55-8, 47 KOs) dropped the previously unbeaten Mares twice late in the first round, flattening the 126-pound belt-holder with a left hook. Mares appeared to be hurt when he got back up, and the Mexican challenger knocked him down again with a combination along the ropes.
Referee Jack Reiss stopped the fight with 5 seconds left in the first round.
Gonzales use a touch jab to step his shot, but the bigger story is that maybe Mares isn't ready for the featherweight division. Gonzales is a tough, big and strong fighter at that weight class and maybe 122lbs, would be better for Mares, then maybe try again later.