|Mares pressure too much for Moreno
By John J. Raspanti at ringside, Doghouse Boxing (Nov 11, 2012) Photo © Tom Casino / SHOWTIME
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
The scores were 116-110 twice, and a ridiculous 120-106.
Doghouseboxing.com 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
Moreno started round nine with a left hand to the head of Mares. Mares landed five punches to the body of Moreno.
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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