By Francisco Salazar and Rocco Morales at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
In their highly anticipated rematch, undefeated IBF bantamweight champion Abner Mares (22-0-1, 13 KOs) won a convincing twelve round unanimous decision over Joseph King Kong Agbeko (28-3, 22 KOs) on Saturday at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. Mares suffered a cut over his right eye from a punch in round two, but still got the better of most exchanges. Clear low blow by Mares in round six doubled over Agbeko with no warning from referee Lou Moret. Mares’ cut started bleeding heavily from round eight on. Mares rocked Agbeko with an uppercut late in round eleven. At the end, scores were 118-110 on all cards.
In his first bout on U.S. soil, WBA bantamweight champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno (31-1-1, 11 KOs) put on a twelve round boxing clinic against former two-division Vic “The Raging Bull” Darchinyan (37-3-1, 27 KOs). Slickster Moreno dictated the action against the aggressive Darchinyan, who was rarely able to connect cleanly. A frustrated Darchinyan was deducted a point for throwing Moreno to the canvas in round four. Moreno punished Darchinyan over the late rounds and won going away by scores of 116-111, 117-110, 120-107.
In a highlight-reel finish, Frankie Gomez annihilated James Hope in the third round of a scheduled six round bout. Gomez (12-0, 9 KOs) landed the more-telling blows in a somewhat sloppy fight, caused by Hope (6-9-1, 4 KOs) mostly holding. In the third, Gomez landed a right cross to the head of Hope, knocking him out before he hit the canvas. Referee Tony Crebs did not even bother to count and waved the fight over at 53 seconds.
Junior welterweight Carlos Molina remained unbeaten with a convincing 10 round unanimous decision over Manuel Leyva. Molina, (15-0-1, 7 KO’s) from nearby Norwalk, dictated the bout by taking the fight to Leyva, throwing and landing hooks and crosses to the head. Leyva got going and had a good fourth round, but later in the fight, Molina hurt Leyva at the end of the seventh round. Leyva (18-4, 10 KO’s) was able to weather the storm, but was hurt again at the end of the 10th round. Molina won by scores 99-91, 99-91, and 100-90.
Super middleweight contender Sakio Bika stopped tough Alfredo Contreras after the third round of a scheduled eight round. Bika, (29-5-2, 20 KOs) from Sydney, Australia, landed the more-telling blows against Contreras, who landed a few wild punches of his won. During an exchange in the third, Contreras was cut over his left eye by a Bika punch. At the end of the round, the ringside physician recommended to referee Tony Crebs to stop the fight. Contreras, from Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico, drops to 11-13-2, 5 KOs.
In a scheduled 8 round junior middleweight contest, Omar Henry (11-0-1, 9KO) had to settle for a technical draw after Lester Gonzales (12-5-3, 6KO) suffered a deep cut above his right eye. At 0:57 of the second round, the referee, after consulting with the ringside physician, called an end to the bout.
Opening bout action, a scheduled 6 round featherweight contest, saw Richard Contreras 9-0, 8KO) prevail in an exciting slugfest over game Juan Sandoval (5-8-1, 3KO). Contreras was the winner by 4th round TKO after the referee saved Sandoval from further damage.