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Mares changes trainers again

Abner Mares’ union with trainer Virgil Hunter didn’t last long.

Mares announced on Twitter on Tuesday night that he was reuniting with Clemente Medina, whom he left to join Hunter this past summer.

“So I'm happy to announce that I'm back with my old trainer, the man that took me to 3 world tittles 'Clemente Medina.' Mares is back,” Mares wrote.

Mares did not indicate the reason for the change, although training with Hunter meant Mares, who lives in Southern California, had to travel to Hunter’s gym in Oakland while Medina is based in the Los Angeles area.

Mares (27-1-1, 14 KOs), 28, a former bantamweight, junior featherweight and featherweight titleholder, lost his featherweight belt by first-round knockout in a huge stunner to Jhonny Gonzalez in August 2013. He later hooked up with Hunter and they had one fight together. Mares won a unanimous 10-round decision against Jonathan Oquendo on July 12 on the Canelo Alvarez-Erislandy Lara undercard but looked anything but impressive.

Medina trained Mares as he won world titles in three weight classes in a 22-month span, but was also his trainer for the upset loss to Gonzalez.