By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
WBC super bantamweight champion Abner Mares (24-0-1, 13 KOs) of Hawaiian Gardens, California and WBA bantamweight super champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno (32-1-1, 12KOs) from Panama City, Panama, met with the media Tuesday afternoon at the ESPN Zone at LA Live in downtown Los Angeles to officially announce their super bantamweight showdown on Showtime on November 10 from the Staples Center in Los Angeles for Mares’ WBC title. Kicking things off at Tuesday’s press conference was the Golden Boy Oscar De la Hoya as he welcomed everyone in attendance. “You always hear boxers say they want to fight the best Mares and Moreno are not only talking about fighting the best but will do so as they face each other. These are the two best of the best and when they step into the ring November 10 it will be special night for boxing,” De la Hoya said
Anselmo Moreno followed and spoke only briefly as his adviser Sampson Lewkowicz translated. “I am happy to be here in LA for the second time. I especially want to thank Abner’s team for the fight. I am looking forward to facing Abner on November 10 and it should be an exciting fight,” Moreno said to media
Abner Mares spoke next. “I am ready to show again what I got on November 10, it’s a tough fight against Anselmo but I want this fight. Everyone says why not take an easy fight or tune up. I want to face the best and I will prove it November 10. I will give my hometown a great fight and I am here to give great fights,” Mares stated.
The press conference concluded as Oscar De la Hoya made a short and simple statement on Mares vs. Moreno before both fighters posed for cameras. “These are the fights that make boxing exciting.”
This should be a good matchup between two of the best Super bantamweights in the division. Styles make fights and this one matches Mares precise technical boxing skill going up against Moreno’s slick flashy southpaw style.
“He brings a unique style. They compare him a lot to Pernell Whitaker. He is a defensive fighter, not the biggest or strongest, but he makes you miss. If you can’t land how can you win? He is used to fighting from the outside,” Mares told Fightnews.com.
“I feel happy about the opportunity in facing him. We are ready for him. He is a great boxer, his style is to come to fight and make it complicated but I will do my job.” Moreno told Fightnews.com.
Interestingly Moreno will be moving up in weight as well as fighting in Mares’ hometown. Something the Panamanian fighter is used to as he has traveled into hostile territory only to defeat his opponents in their own turf.
Originally from Guadalajara, Mexico, Abner Mares will be fighting at the Staples Center for the second time since his draw in May of 2010 to Yohnny Perez, a few miles from his hometown of Hawaiian Gardens where he was raised and laced up the gloves for the first time.
“I really don’t look at it like an advantage, Mares told us. “Yes I am happy and excited fighting here in my hometown but he knows as well as myself that we’re in for a tough fight. Ee will give a crowd pleasing performance.”
Fighting in Mares backyard doesn’t bother Moreno at all. “Well I became world champion traveling to Germany to win the title as well as give the rematch in Germany. I also went to France to fight an opponent in his hometown and don’t forget that I defeated Nehomar Cermeno in his hometown of Venezuela, I have experience fighting and defeating my opponents in their hometown.”
Abner Mares is coming off a dominant performance in winning a unanimous decision over former world champion Eric Morel in April. That same night on the undercard Anselmo Moreno scored a ninth round technical knockout over David De la Mora at the Don Haskin Center in El Paso, Texas setting the stage for the November matchup.
“I will come in hungry do what I have to do and be ready to win on fight night,” Moreno concluded.
Mares wrapped up our conversation by saying, “November 10 will be another great win for Abner Mares. Another great name under my belt and continue that quest!”
Also in attendance at Tuesday’s press conference were IBF bantamweight champion Leo “Terremoto” Santa Cruz (21-0-1, 12 KOs) and Mexican brawler Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo (20-2, 17 KOs), who will also be on the card.
Santa Cruz is set to defend his IBF bantamweight title for the second time against an opponent to be determined as he spoke on his opportunity and will be fighting on Showtime for the third time. Santa Cruz is coming off an impressive TKO win over former world champion Eric Morel last month as he is ready to return.
“I want to thank my team for keeping my busy to show everyone what I got. I am excited to be fighting here in LA for the first time and I am ready,” Santa Cruz said.
Alfredo Angulo will take on Raul Casarez (19-2, 9 KOs) of Edinburg, Texas as he will return to the ring since his TKO loss to James Kirkland last year. Angulo a 2004 Mexican Olympian and former teammate of Abner Mares will be fighting for the first time in the United States since his first round knockout over Joachim Alcine back in July of 2010. El Perro has also teamed up with trainer of the year Virgil Hunter for his fight with Casarez.
“I feel happy being here, this is my first fight in Los Angeles. Anytime you see on that Alfredo Angulo is on a card you know you will see excitement I am ready for November 10,” Angulo said.