By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Undefeated WBC super bantamweight champion Abner Mares (24-0-1, 13 KOs) and WBA bantamweight super world champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno (32-1-1, 12 KOs) of Panama City, Panama held the final press conference Wednesday afternoon for Saturday night’s clash at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Moreno looked determined and ready as he was brief in speaking as his advisor Sampson Lewkowicz translated. “I am in perfect condition for this Saturday. I am very happy they gave me this great opportunity to be fighting Abner Mares. He’s tough. I need to stay smart and stick to my game plan.”
Mares made his intentions clear for Saturday’s fight. “November 10 I am ready to give you guys another great fight. My team has done a tremendous job with me. It’s been a long way and I have made it being world champion. Now seeing myself fighting on a big stage like Staples Center makes me work harder for my family, brothers, sister, mom, dad, my two daughters and wife. That’s who I am fighting for November 10. I will not disappoint you all.”
Oscar de la Hoya started things off Wednesday afternoon saying, “We don’t just want to put on a main event. We want to stack our cards from top to bottom. That’s what boxing should be and that’s what boxing is all about. We have great prospects and world champions fighting together on one night….it’s a tough fight. You have two great champions, the best fighting the best.”
This will be Anselmo Moreno’s third fight in the United States. The Panamanian burst on to the scene down the street from Disneyland in Anaheim, California with an impressive unanimous decision win over hard hitting former world champion Vic Darchinyan last December. He then scored a ninth round TKO over David de la Mora last April in El Paso, Texas. Now he comes to LA to fight Mares in his backyard.
“I feel good we have no problems. I am ready and well prepared awaiting fight night,” Moreno told Fightnews.com
Abner Mares will be fighting in his hometown as he will be headlining his first card at the Staples Center. This will be his second time fighting at Staples since his 2010 draw to Yohnny Perez. In his last fight, Mares won a one sided unanimous decision over former world champion Eric Morel. The 2004 Mexican Olympian was born in Guadalajara, Mexico and grew up in Hawaiian Gardens about a 20 minute drive from the Staples Center.
Mares talked to Fighnews.com on headlining. “I am excited, nervous, and ready. It’s big fighting here at Staples. Not everyone gets to say they headlined at Staples Center. I expect a good turnout….I can’t wait for Saturday night I trained hard all the hard work is done I will not disappoint, November 10 expect the best.”
Undercard Fighter Quotes
IBF bantamweight champion Lincoln Heights’ own Leo “Terremoto” Santa Cruz (21-0-1, 12 KOs) will defend his title for the second time against Victor Zaleta (20-2-1, 10 KOs) of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.
“I am happy to be in this city. It’s my first time fighting here and hopefully not my last time. I am ready to face a great fighter in Leo Santa Cruz. I will be ready for Saturday night,” Zaleta told media on his world title shot.
Santa Cruz stated, “I am happy and excited I have worked hard and I am ready. Come support us November 10. I dedicate this fight to all my fans and the people of Mexico. Victor is strong, he comes forward like me so it will be a great fight. The better fighter will win November 10.”
Opening the Showtime tripleheader making his return to the ring for the first time in over a year, Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo (20-2, 17 KOs) will take on Raul Casarez (19-2, 9 KOs) of Edinburg, Texas. Angulo is looking to bounce back after suffering a TKO loss to James Kirkland in a 2011 fight of the year candidate.
Casarez stated “I am excited and grateful. I have worked and trained really hard with my team to make the best of this night.”
A very nervous “El Perro” Angulo followed, speaking in English, stated “I am happy to be back in Los Angeles a town that saw me rise. November 10 I will put on a good show. Cazarez is a good fighter and we look to put on a good fight.”