Mares pressure too much for Moreno
By John J. Raspanti at ringside, Doghouse Boxing (Nov 11, 2012) Photo © Tom Casino / SHOWTIME
In a battle of world champions, Abner Mares (25-0-1, 13 KOs) won a unanimous decision over Anslemo Moreno (33-2-1, 12 KOs) over 12 hotly contested rounds at The Staples Center in Los Angeles, California Saturday night.

The scores were 116-110 twice, and a ridiculous 120-106. had the fight scored 116-111.

Mares, the WBC super bantamweight champion applied heavy pressure on the fleet-footed Moreno, the WBA bantamweight titleholder. Moreno moved away and jabbed. Mares bobbed and weaved. Mares landed a heavy left hook on the neck of Moreno. Moreno countered with a left to the body. Both fighters wrestled each other to the canvas. Mares employed his jab in the last minute of the round.

In round two, Mares tried to work the body. He landed a nice left hook right hand combination. Moreno connected with a long left. Mares pushed Moreno into the ropes and landed a hard left hook to the body. Mares connected with another combination to the head and body.

Moreno came out more active round three. Mares literally ran after him. Moreno looked surprised as Mares did what he said he would do, pressure Moreno. Mares body work was effective. Moreno landed another left hand to the chin of Mares. Moreno’s jab landed. Mares countered with another left hook to the neck of Moreno.

Mares stalked some ore in round four. His combination to the head and body of Moreno shook the challenger. His activity was keeping Moreno on the defensive. Moreno tried sharpshooting, but missed.

Mares low blow near the end of the round stopped the action for thirty seconds. Moreno recovered quickly.
Round five saw more of the same. Mares punches were more effective and heavier. Moreno continued to try and land his right jab. Mares would duck the punch fire back with a right. Mares floored Moreno with a hard right to the chin with five seconds to go in the round. Moreno stumbled down to the canvas. He was up at the count of six.

Moreno tried to take away the play in round six, but Mares would have none of it. He pushed Moreno into the ropes and punished him. Moreno survived the onslaught and landed his own hard left hand. The last minute of the round was some of the most intense action up to that point. Moreno landed his most effective punches of the fight. Mares cracked Moreno with two hard right hands. He worked the body some more at the bell.

In round seven, Moreno stood more flat-footed. He seemed to sense that he was behind in the fight. He connected with a sharp combination to the chin of Mares. Moreno went to the body. The action was again suspended after Mares landed a right to the back of Moreno.

Mares went back to being the aggressor in round eight. He landed heavily to the body and head of Moreno. Mares indicated to Moreno that he wanted more. He backed up against the ropes. Moreno stepped in and fired a combination. Mares landed a hard right hand that sent vibrations through The Staples Center.

Moreno started round nine with a left hand to the head of Mares. Mares landed five punches to the body of Moreno. 

Both fighters looked a little tired at the bell. The fighters met in the center of the ring to begin round ten. Mares jabbed himself inside. He leaned his head against the chest of Moreno and worked the body. Moreno slashed Mares with a left hand. Mares landed another overhand right.

In round 11, the referee penalized Moreno a point for pulling down the head of Mares. Moreno tried to rally after the point deduction. Mares landed two short uppercuts. Moreno landed two lefts at the bell that Mares felt. The final round was closely contested. Mares landed two right hands that knocked Moreno back a step. Moreno was moving away. Mares was stalking again at the bell.

“I didn’t want him to get comfortable,” said Mares in the ring after the fight. “He’s a super champion. I was little shocked when he went down. I want to fight Nonito Donaire next. I want to fight the best. Oscar (De La Hoya) said he would walk to Vegas to make the fight.”

The bout was televised by Showtime Championship Boxing.

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