21st April 2012
The reigning WBA Super World Champion Anselmo Moreno shows his greater class by defeating David De la Mora and retaining his WBA crown.
Moreno had his opponent on the canvas twice in a fight during which he never looked troubled. The Panamanian proved an elusive target within the ring, relying heavily on a slick counter punching style to out-manoeuvre his Mexican opponent.
Moreno scored a first knockdown in the second round and repeated this achievement in the sixth round before the fight ended prematurely through a ninth round TKO.
Panamanian defending champion Anselmo Moreno travels to Texas to face Mexico's David De la Mora for the WBA World Bantamweight Championship on April 21st LIVE on BoxNationTV.
Moreno, known as "Chemito", 32 - 1 - 1, is a strong back foot fighter with a highly effective counter-punching style. Thanks to his near-70-inch reach, the 26-year-old is capable of hurting opponents without getting too close. He's also known for using his southpaw stance very effectively, making him one of the most elusive fighters on the bantamweight scene.
The Panama fighter's WBA World Championship reign spans almost four years. He won the belt in May 2008 against Volodymyr Sydorenko on a unanimous decision and has since defended it nine times, while it was upgraded to Super World status in June 2011.
"Morita" De la Mora, 23, is regarded as a hot prospect in the bantamweight division. With a 24 - 1 record, the Mexican has recorded an impressive 17 stoppage wins since turning pro in 2006.
De la Mora is known for his aggressive and tireless style, which has seen him previously secure the WBC FECARBOX Bantamweight Championship.
The Tijuana-born bantamweight's only career defeat came on unanimous decision against Koki Kameda in August 2011 as he challenged for the WBA World Bantamweight Championship.
21st April 2012
Abner Mares takes a unanimous decision over Eric Morel to win the vacant WBC World Super Bantamweight Championship.
The 26-year-old gave a confident and assured showing despite moving up to super bantamweight, and deserved his title win. The judges' scorecards emphasised the gulf between the two fighters - 120 - 107, 119 - 109, 119 - 109, as Mares worked over Morel with a high intensity approach.
All credit must go to Eric Morel, 36, for staying in the fight throughout. He cut a fatigued figure inbetween rounds and, on a handful of occasions, looked like he may not be able to continue the fight.
Unbeaten bantamweight superstar Abner Mares takes on experienced Puerto Rican Eric Morel live from El Paso, Texas.
The two men, who have a 10 year age difference, will contest the vacant WBC World Super Bantamweight Championship before a sold out Don Haskins Convention Center.
Mares, 26, a former IBF, IBO and WBC Silver champion at bantamweight will step up to the 122lbs category to try and secure a first super bantamweight strap.
Standing in his way is the 46 - 2 Eric "Little Hands of Steel" Morel, an uncompromising 36-year-old and former WBA World Flyweight and WBO World Interim Bantamweight Championship holder.