By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Abner Mares (25-0-1, 13 KOs) and Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno (32-2-1, 12 KOs) met the press shortly after their WBC super bantamweight world title fight Saturday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Mares aggressively attacked the slick Moreno all night en route to a unanimous decision win Saturday night. “I hope you all enjoyed the fight it was a great tough fight a fight I was expecting it to be tough. I leave everything in the ring thank God I am still the champion and I am ready to move on and fight whoever,” Mares said at the post fight press conference. “I did what I had to do he is a great champion and has a great heart…I was trying to make it an entertaining exciting fight.”
Mares later told fightnews.com, “I had my doubts with Anselmo’s boxing style but we stuck to our plan we pressured him and made him feel uncomfortable digging the body coming out with the win.” The unbeaten WBC champion will now continue to pursue a fight with WBO champion Nonito Donaire. “Oscar and I are willing to go to Bob Arum’s office and come to an agreement for the best and sake of boxing and for boxing fans.”
Anselmo Moreno: “I am disappointed Mares is a great champion I knew this fight would be tough I tried my best and the outcome was not how I wanted it to be but I accept the defeat.”
Moreno’s advisor Sampson Lewkowicz briefly spoke and criticized the 120-106 scoring of veteran judge James Jen Kin and called for the retirement of Kin. “I believe there should be an age limit for people not competent enough to see a fight for him not to give Anselmo a round is ridiculous,” Lewkowicz told media.
Also present at the post fight press conference were junior middleweight fan favorite Alfredo Angulo, IBF bantamweight champion Leo “Terremoto” Santa Cruz and WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly who they spoke to the media about their victories Saturday night.
Leo Santa Cruz: “I am excited about my victory. He was a really tough fighter and surprised me coming out strong. We worked hard at the gym and broke him down….I think I will defend my title one more time. If not, I want to move up to 122 and see if we fight for a title at 122.”
Alfredo Angulo: “I love to fight and be in the ring but I am happier when the fights end early. I was very excited with the fan support this fight was dedicated to all the people held in immigration detention centers and immigrants living in the U.S.”
Nathan Cleverly: “I enjoyed this and the atmosphere it was a great experience he was a tough fighter opponent but eventually I broke him down. I am looking forward to coming to the U.S. again…I showcased my talent and enjoyed the fight. I fought an opponent who came to fight, a tough strong fighter. It was a matter of time before I got the KO victory. I thank everybody for giving me a great reception in the U.S. Hopefully I will be back in 2013 against one of the big guys.”
Regarding a potential 2013 showdown with former light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins, he stated “That is a fight I would love.”
Follow me on Twitter @MigMaravilla