By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Gene Blevins – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy
WBC super bantamweight champion Abner Mares (24-0-1, 13 KOs) and WBA bantamweight super world champion Panama’s Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno (32-1-1, 12 KOs) kicked off fight week Monday afternoon for their showdown on Showtime Championship Boxing Saturday night at Staples Center during an open media workout at MacArthur Park in Los Angeles.
“Training camp was great, I added more carbs to my nutrition, we did more sand work, cross training, along with the work in the gym. I feel so energized I am ready expect a well prepared Amselmo Moreno,” said Mares of nearby Hawaiian Gardens, California.
Moreno, who just got in from Panama, told us “I feel great. I’ve trained really hard. I know it’s a tough fight. The key to victory is hard work at the gym and I have prepared myself for Abner.”
IBF bantamweight champion Leo “Terremoto” Santa Cruz (21-0-1, 12 KOs) will defend his title for the second time against Victor Zaleta (20-2-1, 10KOs). Fightnews.com caught up with Santa Cruz who also worked out. “My training has been going good, I fought in September so my conditioning was already there. I feel strong and ready I am excited to be fighting again, staying active and gaining more exposure,” Santa Cruz told Fightnews.com.
Also at Mondays workout were super popular Mexican brawler Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo (20-2, 17 KOs) and Raul Casarez (19-2, 9 KOs) of Edinburg, Texas, who will square off in a ten round jr. middleweight bout.
Angulo will return to the ring for the first time since his dramatic TKO loss to James Kirkland a year ago as well as overcoming immigration issues outside the ring after being released from the El Centro Immigration Detention Center in which he spent seven months.
“It was a tough 7 months away from my family, daughter and fans, something needs to be done about the detention centers operations and conditions,” Angulo told Fightnews.com. “I am really excited to be back in the ring. We had a great preparation for this bout. My new trainer Virgil Hunter has a lot of experience. We have worked well together.”
Lots of boxing fans were on hand as Monday’s workout was open to the public. Located 2 miles west of downtown Los Angeles, the MacArthur Park section of Los Angeles, has a high population of Hispanics that reside in the area from Mexico, Central and South America. Abner Mares was born in Guadalajara, Mexico and his opponent Anselmo Moreno hails from Panama as boxing carries a strong tradition in those respective countries.