Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA- Abner Mares defended his WBC Super Bantamweight title against Panamanian Anselmo Moreno in a very exciting and competitive fight.
Early on Mares threw a big flurry of punches in an attempt to establish the phase of the fight early. With just aggression, Abner was able to win the first round and set the phase.
In the second, Abner once again came on strong, trying to frustrate Mareno with constant pressure and non stop flurry of punches. Moreno was able to avoid a lot fo punches but he seemed to be getting frustrated by the pressure from Mares.
In the third round Moreno was able to slow down the phase of the fight a bit and dominate Mares from the outside with better boxing. He landed several straight lefts on Mares that slowed down his aggressiveness.
Mares came out strong in the forth cornering Moreno and landing hard punches that made the crowd wild. Overall Mareno seemed to be affected by the punches and was a little less active in this round. Towards the end of the round Mareno started to pick shots from the outside and frustrate Mares who eventually landed a low blow on Moreno. With few seconds left in the round Mares landed a hard overhand right hand which so far was the best punch of the fight.
In the fifth round both fighters were able to connect hard punches and trade off good hooks in several exchanges. In the end, Mares’s aggressiveness and work rate seemed to over-power Moreno. Mares’s aggressiveness eventually paid off as he was able to drop Moreno in the last seconds of the round. Moreno made it up from the count with no problem and slowly walked back to his corner.
Mares came out on fire in the sixth and cornered Moreno while throwing vicious combinations that seemed to frustrate Moreno more than hurt him. Still, Moreno was able to come back with a combination of himself but his momentum was stopped by a vicious right hand by Mares that really hurt Moreno who was able to withstand the flurry by Mares to make it out of the round.
In the seventh, Moreno was able to come back and counter Mare’s as he came in aggressively. Moreno’s punches didn’t seem to hurt Mares, instead they seemed to infuriate and frustrate Mares who on a break, punched Moreno in the back and was given a warning by the referee.
The most exciting moment of the fight came in the middle of the eight round when Moreno was out punching Mares in the corner, Mares put his hands down and urged Moreno to punch him. As Moreno tried to, Mares was able to land a hard overhand right counter that sent Moreno back and on the retreat. In the end, Mares brought most of the excitement, but Moreno got the best of him in that round.
The ninth round went to Mares who with aggression and determination was able to get the better of Moreno with work to the body and a few over hand rights. Mareno was trying to outbox Mares from the outside and keep him at a distance but he was unable to land any significant shots to stop Mares’s aggression.
The tenth round saw a lot more action and pressure from Mares who controlled the entire round with several over hand rights once again and a much higher work rate. This not only frustrate Moreno, it seemed to discourage him.
In the 11th round, for no certain reason, as both fighters traded punches in the corner, they eventually clinched and Mareno was taken a point by the referee, which put him in a bad situation at least on the scorecards. After the point was taken, Moreno had a great rest of the round, hurting Mares with a combination but with not enough time left in the round to do much more on the hurt Mares.
In the last and final round, Mares come out swinging for the fences and instantly put the pressure on Moreno, corning him and not letting him settle on the outside where he wanted to be. Towards to end fo the round Moreno was getting the better of Mares as time ran out. As the bell rang, both fighters raised their hands in the air and the crowd cheered for what was truly a war in the ring.
In the end, all judges had it in favor of Mares who went on the win a unanimous decision and keep his belt.
Afterwards, in the post fight interview Mares said ‘Anselmo Moreno is great champion, he took some great punches and I take nothing away from him’
When asked what his game plan was, Mares said ‘Moreno would pick you apart of you let him settle, so I made sure not do that and put the pressure on him right away.’
Now for Mares, he has a chance to face the elite of division, Nonito Donaire, who has a fight coming up with Jorge Arce.
When asked by Jim Gray if he would like to fight Leo Santa Cruz who won in the undercard, Mares said ‘Come on, I don’t want to fight Santa Cruz, everybody knows I want to fight Nonito Donaire.’
Lets just hope Golden Boy Promotions and Top Rank put their differences apart and make the fight happen, at least for the fans.