by Robert Coster
It was a unique case of a challenger also being the promoter of the card. On Saturday night in Poitiers, France, former WBA junior featherweight champion Mahyar Monshipour put on a gallant effort in trying to wrest the WBA bantamweight title from Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno of Panama in a classic matchup of slugger vs boxer. Monshipour just fell short of achieving his goal against the very polished Moreno who proved too much of a puzzle for the French-Iranian warrior.
The lanky champion from Panama dominated the early part of the fight making good use of his height, superior reach and southpaw stance. The valiant Mahyar came back though in the middle rounds, urged on by his unconditional legion of fans, connecting effectively with powerful hooks to the body and head of the champion. Moreno, however, proved to have a sturdy chin, was able to weather the storm and finished well enough in the last two rounds to win a 2-1 split decision.
“He’s very skilled,” said Monshipour of his adversary, “he knows when to rest, knows when to clinch and he’s a terrific counterpuncher.” When asked if he regretted coming out of retirement for the fight, Monshipour assured that he did not: “I believe I made history by being both the promoter and the challenger–I dared to do it. This is a first for the history books. I’ve probably lost tons of money promoting this card but I have made history.”