Abner Mares, the former bantamweight and super bantamweight champion from Hawaiian Gardens, moved up in weight and took Daniel Ponce De Leon’s featherweight title by stopping De Leon in the ninth round of their scheduled 12-round bout.
Mares decked De Leon in the second and ninth rounds. De Leon was being pummeled with shots to the head when referee Jay Nady stopped the fight at the 2:20 mark.
Mares is 26-0-1 with 14 knockouts. De Leon, of Mexico, is 44-5.