Mares to fight Moreno November 10th in Los Angeles

September 9, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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According to Dan Rafael of espn.com., Super Bantamweight title holder Abner Mares will take on Bantamweight titlist Anselmom Moreno on November 10th at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

“Once the Pacquiao fight definitively moved to Dec. 8, the Nov. 10 date became available, since there are no other fights scheduled on that date,” said Showrtmes Stephen Espinoza. “The Nov. 10 date works better for Showtime’s schedule, and it gives Abner an opportunity to fight in his own backyard. It also gives us more time to market and promote our telecast. We will have a highly competitive main event matchup between two of the top fighters in the lighter weight classes, as well as a very exciting undercard to be announced shortly.

“Best of all, we are able to avoid conflicting with another boxing event, since we have Nov. 10 free and clear.”

Mares to defend title against Moreno

September 3, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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According to Dan Rafael of espn.com, 122 lb world champion Abner Mares will defend his title against classy Bantamweight champion Anselmo Moreno on October 27th in Anaheim, California.

The bout will be televised on Showtime

“I’m reviewing the contracts with my lawyer, but we are just making sure everything is in order,” said Moreno’s adviser Sampson Lewkowicz. “But the fight will definitely happen. The only way it doesn’t happen is if Mares changes his mind.

“Chemito Moreno has said he wants to fight Abner Mares all of the time — at 118, 122 or 126 pounds,” Lewkowicz said. “I believe there is nobody at 118 or 122 or 126 that can beat my fighter. It will be a very good fight but I think the difference between Abner Mares and Moreno is that Chemito Moreno requested to fight Abner Mares and Abner Mares took the fight because he basically had no choice. There was no one else acceptable in this moment to Showtime for him to fight other than Chemito Moreno.

“When I received the call we took this fight right away. For Mares and his manager (Frank Espinoza), they took a few weeks to make the decision. All of my fighters will take fights in a heartbeat. I prove that time after time. My fighters fight anyone. Sergio Martinez, Gabriel Campillo, Javier Fortuna and Chemito Moreno, all of them. We don’t need to talk too much. But he is very excited for this fight because he wants to fight the best. They say Mares is the best, so he wants to fight him.”

“Mares I think, without question, is one of the stars of the division and Moreno is one of the most skilled fighters in any division, and one of the underappreciated gems of the sport,” Showtime’s Stephen Espinoza said. “You put them together and there are bound to be fireworks.

“I have said I wanted to avoid date conflicts whenever possible,” Espinoza said. “It’s not always possible (such as on Sept. 15), but we’re trying to put our money where our mouth is, so when the opportunity came up to get a venue that made sense on Oct. 27, we immediately jumped on it to avoid the conflict, especially since the other fight (Donaire-Nishioka) was in the same division.”

Mares decisions Morel to claim Super Bantam crown

April 22, 2012 by · 1 Comment
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PASO, Texas (April 22, 2012) – Abner Mares has power, he has speed, and now he has a second world championship belt. Mares, the 26-year-old undefeated Mexican American from Hawaiian Gardens, Calif., by way of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, captured the vacant WBC Super Bantamweight World Championship with an emphatic victory over game veteran Eric Morel on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on Saturday night at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas.

In the co-feature, Anselmo Moreno, the slick and talented Panamanian world champion, cruised to victory over David de la Mora with a ninth-round technical knockout.

Mares, who recently vacated the IBF bantamweight title, brought considerable power up to 122 pounds and seemed to sacrifice none of his hand speed. Morel, 10 years Mares’ senior, is a veteran of nine world title fights and a former two-time world champion. Morel admitted coming into the fight that this could be his last shot at one of boxing’s crowns. The Puerto Rico native, now living and fighting out of Madison, Wisconsin, came to win, but Mares’ confidence and ability won the night.

Fighting aggressively for every minute of every round, Mares dominated from the early going with a damaging body attack. He moved fluidly from the body to the head, stunning Morel on several occasions.

What Morel gave up in age, he made up for in heart. Morel withstood the punishment dolled out by the younger Mares. He gave a valiant effort right through the final two rounds, making the 11th and 12th the two most exciting and competitive of the bout.

“If this is the last major fight of his career,” said Hall of Fame analyst Al Bernstein during the telecast, “and it very well could be, he has nothing to be ashamed of.”

The judges had it unanimously for Mares by scores of 120-107 and 119-109 twice. The young star improved his record to 24-0-1 (13 KO’s) and is looking for his next challenge – a fight with the super bantamweight division’s elite.

After the bout, a joyful Mares said the move up in weight was a good one for him. “I felt a lot stronger at this weight. I felt complete.

“I have to say Eric was very strong. I was surprised he withstood the pressure. He went out like a true champion. That last round was a great round for both of us.”

The modest champion continued, “I feel I still need to improve. I am still learning. Sometimes I make it brawl when I don’t have to, so there’s definitely more I can do.”

When asked if he had been 10 years younger tonight, Morel said, “The (age) doesn’t matter. He probably would have done the same thing. He’s a great fighter. He’s one of the best I’ve ever faced. I have nothing to be ashamed of. He put on a great performance. What else can I say?”

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Classy southpaw Anselmo Moreno scored an eighth stoppage over David De La Mora to retain the WBA Bantamweight crown.

Moreno dominated the action as he dropped De La Mora in round’s two and six from body shots and De La Mora seemed disinterested as he found it almost impossible to hit Moreno in return and decided he had enough after the eighth.

Moreno is now 33-1-1 with twelve knockouts. De La Mora is now 24-2.

Unheralded Light Heavyweight Rowland Bryant scored a stunning third round stoppage over former three time world title challenger in a scheduled ten round bout.

Bryant landed some hard shots in the first round. Andrade was cut from a headbutt in round one. In round three, Bryant landed a right hand that rocked Andrade and then followed up with several consecutive ripping shots to the head and the fight was stopped at 2:19.

Bryant of Orlando, FL is now 16-1 with eleven knockouts. Andrade is now 30-5.

Luis Ramos Jr. scored a ten round unanimous decision over former world title challenger Daniel Attah in a Lightweight bout.

Ramos was more active with his combination punching where Attah landed some decent shots but they were one at a time. Ramos scored a knockdown in round three from a left to the top of the head.

Ramos won by scores of 100-89; 99-91; 99-91 and is now 22-0. Attah is now 26-10-1

Recent Golden Boy signee Francisco Vargas scored a third round stoppage over Rafael Lora in a Super Featherweight bout scheduled for six rounds.

Vargas battered Lora all over the ring in the third round until the fight was stopped at 2:27.

Vargas is 10-0-1 with eight knockouts. Lora is now 11-8.

VIDEO: SHOWTIME UPDATE FOR MARES – MOREL

April 21, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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ABNER MARES & ERIC MOREL, ANSELMO “CHEMITO” MORENO, DAVID DE LA MORA FINAL PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES FROM DON HASKINS CENTER IN EL PASO, TEXAS

April 20, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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World Championship Doubleheader This Saturday, April 21,

Live on SHOWTIME® (9:30 p.m. ET/PT) From Don Haskins Center;

Preliminary Fights on SHOWTIME Extreme (7 p.m. ET/PT)

EL PASO, Texas (April 19, 2012) – The four fighters who’ll compete in the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING doubleheader this Saturday, April 21, live on SHOWTIME® (9:30 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas, participated in the final press conference Thursday at Don Haskins Center.

In Saturday’s 12-round main event, talented, unbeaten former Bantamweight World Champion Abner Mares (23-0-1, 13 KO’s) of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, will return to the 122-pound division for the first time since 2006 to face former Two-Time World Champion Eric “Little Hands of Steel” Morel (46-2, 23 KO’s), of San Juan, Puerto Rico, for the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) Super Bantamweight World Championship.

In a second world title fight, World Boxing Association (WBA) Bantamweight Super World Champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno (32-2-1, 11 KO’s), of Panama City, Panama, will defend his title for a 10th time when he faces David “Morita” de la Mora (24-1, 17 KO’s) of Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico.

Scheduled matchups for the SHOWTIME Extreme telecast (begins live at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT): Librado Andrade (30-4, 23 KO’s) vs. Rowland Bryant (15-1, 10 KO’s), 10 rounds, super middleweights; Luis Ramos, Jr. (21-0, 9 KO’s) vs. Daniel Attah (26-9-1, 9 KO’s), 10 rounds, lightweights; Francisco Vargas (9-0-1, 7 KO’s) vs. Rafael Lora (11-7, 5 KOs), 6/8 rounds, junior lightweights (swing bout); and Antonio Escalante (25-4, 17 KO’s) vs. Francisco Camacho (10-1, 3 KO’s), 8 rounds, junior lightweights (swing bout).

Tickets, priced at $25, $50, $75 and $150, are available at the UTEP Ticket Office, all Ticketmaster locations or by phone at (800) 745-3000. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com. For more information, please call: (915) 747-5234.

A special preview episode of THE FRANCHISE: A SEASON WITH THE MIAMI MARLINS will air Saturday at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) immediately preceding SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on SHOWTIME.

Here’s what the participants had to say on Thursday:

Abner Mares

“Ever since I entered the SHOWTIME Bantamweight Tournament, people started recognizing me. People started noticing me and getting a close look at Abner Mares, the real Abner Mares. People didn’t know much of him, just the fact that he went to the Olympics, and now I’m making a name for myself.

“This fight is going to be really good. I am not underestimating Eric Morel. Never will I underestimate any fighter. I train really hard for any fighter because I want to give a great show. I want to show a different Abner every time I face anyone. I’m ready. I’m ready for Eric.

“I know Eric trained really hard as well and it’s only going to make this fight really interesting. This is really going to be a good and explosive fight.’’

Eric Morel

“This is going to be a great fight. Nothing is going to stop me. Age is not going to be an excuse. I’m well prepared. I know what I’m getting into. I know Mares is extremely hungry and a very good fighter, very talented. He has his dreams and I’ve got mine, too.

“But on Saturday the best man will win. It’s not going to be easy for either one of us.’’

Anselmo Moreno

“I am ready to fight, I have the will to fight and have come 100 percent prepared. I plan to do good work and hopefully everything comes out fine because I came prepared to win.

“I want to fight everyone in the 118-pound division and 122-pound division.”

David de la Mora

“I spent five weeks in Mexico preparing for this fight, so I am very prepared. If Moreno beats me, there will be no excuses like a lot of fighters make. If Moreno wins, he was better than me. There will be no excuses.

“It was a mistake for Moreno to take this fight because I am going to take that title away.’’

“Mares vs. Morel: Battle on the Border” is a 12-round fight for the vacant WBC Super Bantamweight World Championship set for Saturday, April 21 at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas. The co-featured fights will see Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno vs. David de la Mora in a 12-round fight for Moreno’s WBA Bantamweight Super Championship. The event is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Corona and AT&T. The SHOWTIME Championship Boxing doubleheader airs live at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). Just prior to the action on SHOWTIME, preliminary bouts will air live on SHOWTIME EXTREME® beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).

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VIDEO: ABNER MARES LIFE OUTSIDE THE RING

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SHOWTIME EXTREME® TO AIR LIVE PRELIMINARY BOUTS FROM APRIL 21 ABNER MARES VS. ERIC MOREL EVENT FROM UTEP’S DON HASKINS CENTER IN EL PASO, TEXAS

April 18, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHT CONTENDER

LIBRADO ANDRADE VS. ROWLAND BRYANT,

2008 MEXICAN OLYMPIAN FRANCISCO VARGAS VS. RAFAEL LORA AND UNDEFEATED PROSPECT CHRIS PEARSON

TO BE FEATURE FEATURED

HOT PROSPECT LUIS RAMOS JR. AND EL PASO FAVORITE

ANTONIO ESCALANTE ROUND OUT THE UNDERCARD

LOS ANGELES, April 17 – On Saturday, April 21, fight fans around the country will get the chance to see more of boxing’s stars as Golden Boy Promotions and SHOWTIME® are excited to announce that additional bouts from the undercard of the highly anticipated world championship showdown between former World Champs Abner Mares and Eric Morel, will be televised. SHOWTIME EXTREME® will televise preliminary fights live from UTEP’s Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas featuring longtime super middleweight contender Librado Andrade against once-beaten Floridian Rowland Bryant in a 10 round battle and 2008 Mexican Olympian Francisco Vargas introduces himself to SHOWTIME viewers with an eight round junior lightweight contest against New Jersey’s Rafael Lora. Also featured (time permitting) will be unbeaten junior middleweight phenom Chris Pearson.

Barry Tompkins will call the action on SHOWTIME EXTREME from ringside with Steve Farhood serving as expert analyst.

Also, highly-regarded lightweight prospect Luis Ramos Jr. and local El Paso favorite Antonio Escalante are slated for non-televised action on the undercard.

“Mares vs. Morel: Battle on the Border” is a 12-round fight for the vacant WBC Super Bantamweight World Championship set for Saturday, April 21 at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas. The co-featured fights will see Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno vs. David de la Mora in a 12-round fight for Moreno’s WBA Bantamweight Super Championship. The event is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Corona and AT&T. The SHOWTIME Championship Boxing doubleheader airs live at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). Just prior to the action on SHOWTIME, preliminary bouts will air live on SHOWTIME EXTREME® beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).

Tickets, priced at $25, $50, $75 and $150, are available for purchase at the UTEP Ticket Office, all Ticketmaster locations or by phone at (800) 745-3000. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com. For more information, please call: (915) 747-5234.

Ultra-popular around the world for his fierce fighting style in the ring and his gentlemanly nature outside of it, Librado Andrade (30-4, 23 KO’s) has long been a top super middleweight contender, with exciting fights against Lucian Bute, Robert Stieglitz, Mikkel Kessler, Yusaf Mack and Eric Lucas to prove it. In search of his first world title, the 33-year-old from La Habra, California by way of Jesus del Monte, Guanajuato, Mexico is coming off of a third round technical knockout over Matt O’Brien for the WBC Continental Americas belt in August of 2011.

Looking to derail Andrade’s march towards a world championship is 32-year-old Florida native Rowland Bryant (15-1, 10 KO’s). A nine-year professional who knows the time is now to make his move, the hard-hitting Bryant has everything to gain with a win over the well-respected Andrade on April 21.

One of the newest additions to the Golden Boy Promotions roster, Mexico City’s Francisco Vargas (9-0-1, 7 KO’s) will battle Irvington, New Jersey’s Rafael Lora (11-7, 5 KO’s) in an eight-round junior lightweight fight. A 2008 Olympian for Mexico, the 27-year-old Vargas has knocked out his last six opponents, making him a tough hill to climb for any opponent.

Nicknamed “The Dominican Man,” 26-year-old Lora proudly represents his native Dominican Republic and with four first round knockouts on his record, one punch from him can change the direction of a fight immediately. A fearless battler who will take on all comers, Lora’s last six opponents, including World Champion Adrien Broner, had a combined 85-2 record.

A highly accomplished amateur with multiple titles and nearly 100 wins to his name, Chris “Sweet” Pearson (6-0, 3 KO’s) has started to take the professional game by storm with his incredible talent and exciting style. Just 21 years old, Pearson has scored two first round knockouts thus far in his young career and will jump right back into the ring for his third fight of 2012 in a four/six round junior middleweight fight against Phoenix’s Jose Martell (2-1-1, 2 KO’s).

23-year-old Luis Ramos Jr. (21-0, 9 KO’s) is well on his way to big things in the lightweight division as proven by his recent three-fight string of wins over Francisco Lorenzo (W8), David Rodela (KO5) and Raymundo Beltran (W10). Ramos will face an opponent to be named in a 10-round fight.

El Paso’s favorite fighting son Antonio Escalante (25-4, 17 KO’s) is 8-0 in his adopted hometown and the Juarez native has no intentions of seeing that run end on April 21. Escalante scored knockouts over Pipino Cuevas Jr. and Rynell Griffin in 2011 and the former NABO super bantamweight champion will be looking to make a statement at 130 pounds when he takes on Matamoros, Mexico’s Francisco Camacho (10-1, 3 KO’s) in an eight-round matchup.

For more information, visit www.goldenboypromotions.com, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/GoldenBoyBoxing, www.twitter.com/abnermares00, or visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GoldenBoyBoxing.

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ABNER MARES, ERIC MOREL & ANSELMO MORENO CONFERENCE CALL HIGHLIGHTS

April 15, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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Abner Mares, Eric Morel and Anselmo Moreno participated in a media conference call on Friday to discuss their fights on the upcoming SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast on Saturday, April 21, which will be broadcast live on SHOWTIME® (9:30 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas.

Unbeaten former Bantamweight World Champion Abner Mares (23-0-1, 13 KO’s), of Hawaiian Gardens, Calif. by way of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, will return to the 122-pound division for the first time since 2006 to face former Two-Time World Champion Eric “Little Hands of Steel” Morel (46-2, 23 KO’s), of Madison, Wis. by way of San Juan, Puerto Rico, for the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) Super Bantamweight World Championship in the 12-round main event.

In a second world title fight, World Boxing Association (WBA) Bantamweight Super World Champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno (32-2-1, 11 KO’s), of Panama City, Panama, will risk his crown for a 10th time when he faces Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico’s David “Morita” de la Mora (24-1, 17 KO’s) in the 12-round co-featured bout.

“Mares vs. Morel: Battle on the Border” is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Corona and AT&T. Just prior to the SHOWTIME Championship Boxing doubleheader, preliminary bouts will air live on SHOWTIME EXTREME® beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).

A special preview episode of THE FRANCHISE: A SEASON WITH THE MIAMI MARLINS will air at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) immediately preceding SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on SHOWTIME.

Tickets, priced at $25, $50, $75 and $150, are available for purchase at the UTEP Ticket Office, all Ticketmaster locations or by phone at (800) 745-3000. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com. For more information, please call: (915) 747-5234.

Here’s what the fighters had to say on Friday:

Do you consider yourself the best bantamweight in the world?

MORENO: “I wouldn’t consider myself the best, but I am considered one of the best and I’m training and working hard to become the best. Right now I want work hard and have fans be the judge.”

Is there anyone you want to fight after this and are you going to stay at 118 or are you going to be moving up to 122 pounds?

MORENO: “I think right now my biggest opponent would be the daily workouts in the gym – the heavy bag, the speed bag, working the mitts with my trainer. That would be the toughest because we work very, very hard. As far as opponents, I’m ready to fight the best and I’ve shown that in the past. I’m staying at 118 maybe for one more fight and them I’m ready to jump to 122 to fight the biggest names out there.”

Did you expect a more competitive fight from Vic Darchinyan?

MORENO: “There was a lot of talk from people that it was a dangerous fight, that I was in over my head and that he was going to run me over, but I was never worried about that. I was always very confident about my skills. Once I stepped in the ring, I was very comfortable and I was very confident that I could outbox him and beat him clearly.”

People have compared you to Pernell Whitaker. What do you think of that comparison?

MORENO: “I’ve been told that, not only Whitaker, but also many past fighters from Panama. I’m proud and honored, but this is a style that I was born with. I was born in the streets and fought in the streets and I learned there.”

Is your style appreciated?

MORENO: “Definitely. You have to remember that the fight against Darchinyan was my first fight in the United States, so I was a little more reserved. Now I’m very excited to be fighting in the United States again and you’ll see a little bit of difference. I’m going to be the same boxer style-wise, but you’ll see a little bit more. I’m very anxious to get in the ring, please the crowd and defend my title again.”

Would you like to fight Nonito Donaire?

MORENO: “That is a dream of mine. I’ve been dreaming about it, thinking about it and that is something I look forward to. Work my way up to 122 pounds and fighting Nonito Donaire is definitely something that I have on my mind.”

Do you see yourself moving up to 122 and fighting the winner of Mares-Morel?

MORENO: “I don’t pick opponents. Everybody that knows me knows I don’t pick opponents. I let my promoter, my management and my team pick the opponents and I just fight. To go up to 122 to fight Morel, to fight Mares and fight the best out there, that’s my goal and that’s what I’ll do.”

MARES: “I’m happy to be on SHOWTIME again and to give another great fight. I can’t wait to be a world champion in a different weight class.”

You’re 37 years old now. What can you show Mares that he hasn’t already seen?

MOREL: “Mares is a great fighter, but my age is nothing but a number. I’m in great shape, my speed is there and I have more power. I feel like nothing is going to stop me. I can guarantee you that age isn’t catching up to me.”

Abner, you’ve been through the gauntlet in your last few fights. What have those fights given you in terms of facing a guy like Morel?

MARES: “I’m not worried and I’m not training any different because he’s 37 years old. I’m not training less because he has more fights. I’m just training like I always train for any opponent. I just look at this fight like another fight. Another opponent, another fight. I’ve fought top opposition and I’ve been able to adjust to every fighter. That’s just because of the way I train and the way I set myself mentally. I’m not concerned with my age, younger, older. I know he trains hard and I do expect a tough fight. None of that crosses my mind.”

Do you know what you’re getting yourself into with Eric and can you access his abilities?

MARES: “I do know what I’m getting myself into because I’ve been in the same position he has. I’ve been there where nobody knew about me. It’s a big step-up fight for him and he’s trying to get his name out there again. He’s basically trying to make a comeback and I get that. I’ve been there. When I first fought Yohnny Perez nobody knew about me. I definitely know what he’s thinking, I definitely know what I’m getting myself into. I know it’s going to be a tough fight. I know he’s going to train hard. I know he’s trying to prove to everybody that he’s ready, but, again, I train hard too. I’m ready for him and I hope that it turns out to be a great fight for the fans.”

Do you think it helped you that you had to go the full 12-round distance for all four of your last fights?

MARES: “Yes, we all know that at times it’s better going the full 12 rounds. It’s better to have way more experience than to be knocking guys out in the first or second round and then you get this fight that goes the full 12 rounds and you don’t know what to do. I’ve seen it all already and I’m blessed that I went 12 rounds in my last four fights.”

MOREL: “It’s going to be a great fight like I said before. Mares is not going to bring anything to the table that I haven’t seen before. I’m a veteran, I’ve been doing this for a while and I’ve got to prove myself. Therefore, I’ve been training extremely hard and I’m not looking past this fight. It’s going to be a great fight. It’s do or die for me.”

How are you feeling at 122 pounds?

MOREL: “The fight is going to be a catch weight at 120 pounds. I’ve been fighting at 120 for the past three or four fights. It’s going to be an advantage, I think, because I won’t have to make 118. I’m not saying I have problems making 118 but I can come into the ring a little stronger.”

What do you think about the rivalry between Puerto Rico and Mexico?

MARES: “I really don’t focus on that. When I go inside the ring it’s just Abner vs. whoever. I don’t look to see if he’s from Puerto Rico, Canada or Europe. At the end of the day, it’s just another fight. It’s fun and it’s great that people like the Mexico-Puerto Rico rivalry because they know that Mexico and Puerto Rico always brings great fighters and I’m thrilled this is another Mexico-Puerto Rico rivalry. It’s going to be a great fight.”

MOREL: “Puerto Rico and Mexico have been going at it for a very long time and lately we’ve been doing bad, but on April 21 I’m going to change that.”

Why did you make the move up to 122?

MARES: “It was obviously a team decision. Why not? I think 122 is really interesting right now. Big names are there. I’ve fought everybody at 118 and 122 has great names and I can face all these guys back-to-back and I’d love to. I’m blessed and thrilled that this next fight is for a 122-pound title.”

Who would you like to fight at 122 pounds?

MARES: “I’m going to name like five and all of them would be great fights from bottom to top: Victor Terrazas, Fernando Montiel, Rafael Marquez, Wilfredo Vasquez Jr., Jorge Arce and the big name that is up there is, no doubt, Nonito Donaire. If all those fights can be made I’m more than willing to take those fights.”

Can you guys talk about your Olympic experience and how much it meant to you?

MARES: “It was great. It was short, but it was great. I lost in my first fight but it was something that no one can take away from me. It was great to go in 2004 and represent my country [Mexico]. It was, without a doubt, my best accomplishment. The whole journey – going to different parts of the world, meeting different people – to this day I still have contact with those people that I met on that journey. It was just a great experience and something that has helped me now as a professional fighter.”

MARES: “Mine was short as well because I lost to the Gold Medalist in my first round, but it was a great experience. I got to meet all kinds of athletes from all over the world. It was one of the goals that I had when I was growing up and I achieved that. To represent the U.S. in the biggest game was great and something that I will never forget.”

This is a compelling fight because of the contrast of styles with one guy being a boxer-puncher and one guy being a counter-puncher. Can you guys talk about that?

MOREL: “This is a great matchup and the best man’s going to win. The hungrier man is going to win, the one that comes in more prepared. Mares is a very complete fighter and I know what I’m getting into. It’s going to be great.”

MARES: “I agree that it’s going to be a great fight. Eric brings to the ring experience and a great style. He’s a good boxer and I’m going to adjust to his style. It’s going to be fun and interesting to go into the ring and try to figure out the style. I do go in there with a plan, but it always turns out that I figure out the opponent in the ring and I make a plan there. It’s going to be interesting figuring out his style. It’s going to be a great matchup.”

Are you excited for this opportunity?

MOREL: “I’m extremely thankful to SHOWTIME. Without them, none of this would be possible. It’s a great opportunity that SHOWTIME, Golden Boy and Team Mares has given me. I want to make sure the fans leave the place happy.”

MARES: “No doubt my life has changed tremendously after my first four fights on SHOWTIME. I’ll never forget the opportunity they’ve given me to showcase my style and showcase Abner Mares, not only inside the ring but outside the ring. It’s been great. It’s changed to the point where now I’m on TV and people recognize me, but I’m still going to stay the same. Going back to Hawaiian Gardens where I grew up, I’m the same guy, but it’s just great that people know me now.”

VIDEO: ABNER MARES FEATURE

April 12, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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ABNER MARES VS. ERIC MOREL SET FOR APRIL 21 BATTLE FOR THE VACANT WBC SUPER BANTAMWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP ON SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING AT THE DON HASKINS CENTER IN EL PASO, TEXAS

March 20, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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PLUS ANSELMO MORENO DEFENDS HIS WBA BANTAMWEIGHT SUPER WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP AGAINST DAVID DE LA MORA AND GARY RUSSELL JR. RISKS UNBEATEN RECORD AGAINST DAT NGUYEN

EL PASO, TEXAS (March 20) – In 2011, former Mexican Olympian Abner Mares left his mark on the professional boxing world by winning and defending his first world championship at bantamweight against former World Champion Joseph King Kong Agbeko. Now, on Saturday, April 21 Mares will get his shot for a world title in a second weight class as he moves up in weight to take on former Two-Time World Champion Eric “Little Hands of Steel” Morel of Puerto Rico, in a 12-round bout for the vacant WBC Super Bantamweight World Championship at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas in a fight which will be televised live on SHOWTIME®.

Plus, Panama’s WBA Bantamweight Super World Champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno defends his crown for the tenth time against Mexico’s David “Morita” de la Mora in the 12-round televised co-feature. Opening the SHOWTIME Championship Boxing broadcast will be a 10-round featherweight matchup which will see unbeaten Gary Russell Jr., the consensus 2011 “Prospect of the Year” award winner, look to continue his meteoric rise against Dat Nguyen in a fight originally scheduled for February 11 as a co-feature to Victor Ortiz vs. Andre Berto II, but that was postponed after a Berto injury caused a postponement of the event.

“Mares vs. Morel: Battle on the Border” is a 12-round fight for the vacant WBC Super Bantamweight World Championship set for Saturday, April 21 at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas. The co-featured fights will see Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno vs. David de la Mora in a 12-round fight for Moreno’s WBA Bantamweight Super Championship and 2011 “Prospect of the Year” Gary Russell Jr. vs. Dat Nguyen in 10-round featherweight fight. The event is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Corona and AT&T. The SHOWTIME Championship Boxing tripleheader airs live at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). Just prior to the action on SHOWTIME, preliminary bouts will air live on SHOWTIME EXTREME® beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).

Tickets, priced at $25, $50, $75 and $150, are available for purchase at the UTEP Ticket Office, all Ticketmaster locations or by phone at (800) 745-3000. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com. For more information, please call: (915) 747-5234.

“I’m ready to make an impact in the super bantamweight division,” said Mares. “I’m ready for anybody and everybody.”

“I feel better than ever,” said Morel. “I’m a better fighter today than I was 10 years ago. I always train hard and I’m always motivated. On April 21, I will become a world champion again and I will rock El Paso!”

“We are extremely excited about this tremendous triple-header that we are putting together for April 21,” said Oscar de la Hoya, President of Golden Boy Promotions. “Whether you are watching it at the Don Haskins Center or at home on SHOWTIME, this is definitely a ‘can’t miss’ night of boxing.”

“The UTEP Don Haskins Center welcomes Golden Boy Promotions and SHOWTIME,” said Jorge Vazquez Executive Director, UTEP Special Events. “We are excited to host such an important boxing event in our city and our arena. We anticipate great attendance and encourage people to purchase their tickets and be part of history in the making.”

Unbeaten in 24 fights, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico native Abner Mares (23-0-1, 13 KO’s) first made his name as a member of Mexico’s 2004 Olympic team, but he didn’t truly show off his amazing talent until he began fighting the top professional bantamweights in the world. Mares fought to a controversial draw with Yonnhy Perez in his first world title fight in 2010, and after decisioning Vic Darchinyan for the WBC Silver Bantamweight title later that year, he set the stage for his IBF Bantamweight World Title winning effort against Joseph King Kong Agbeko in August of 2011 to win SHOWTIME’s Bantamweight Tournament. In his most recent fight on December 3, 2011, Mares repeated his win over Agbeko, successfully defending his crown. Now it’s time for the 26-year-old Mares to seek out a new challenge, a world title in a second weight class, as he moves up to super bantamweight.

San Juan, Puerto Rico’s Eric “Little Hands of Steel” Morel (46-2, 23 KO’s) has defied the odds in recent years, showing that a fighter over 30 can not only compete with the best, but also beat the best. Now 36 years young, the longtime former Flyweight World Champion has been taking out all comers, winning 11 straight since his last defeat to Martin Castillo in 2005. Among his list of vanquished foes are Heriberto Ruiz, Luis Maldonado and Gerry Penalosa, who he defeated for the WBO Interim Bantamweight World title in 2010. On April 21, the former Two-Time World Champion will attack the unbeaten Mares with skill and experience in an effort to hand him his first professional defeat.

One of boxing’s most respected world champions, 26-year-old southpaw Anselmo Moreno (32-1-1, 11 KO’s) of Panama City, Panama has reigned over the bantamweight division since 2008, defending his WBA Championship nine times against the likes of Lorenzo Parra, Nehomar Cermeno, Mahyar Monshipour and Wladimir Sidorenko. Unbeaten since his eighth professional fight in 2002, Moreno scored the biggest win of his career last December, decisioning former World Champion Vic Darchinyan over 12 rounds.

“I’m very excited to make my tenth title defense against a great fighter like De La Mora,” said Moreno. “I’m preparing extremely hard to keep my belt and to prove once again that I’m the best fighter in the world at 118 pounds.”

Fighting out of Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, David de la Mora (24-1, 17 KO’s) is a concussive puncher who has 10 knockout victories in two rounds or less over the course of his five-year career. Just 23-years-old, the former WBC Fecarbox bantamweight titleholder fought for a world title last August, but lost a controversial 12-round decision in Japan to local favorite Koki Kameda. After rebounding with a seventh round stoppage of Eddy Julio in December, De La Mora is ready for his second title shot.

“I’m very grateful to be working with Golden Boy Promotions and for this great opportunity,” said De La Mora. “I’m training in the mountains outside of Mexico City just like all of our great champions. I dedicate this fight to Mexico and I will win.”

Named the 2011 “Prospect of the Year” by ESPN, Sports Illustrated and The Ring Magazine, 23-year-old Gary Russell Jr. (19-0, 11 KO’s) earned those accolades the old fashioned way – by fighting. The Maryland southpaw was 6-0 last year, fighting as often as possible, dazzling fans and opponents alike along the way with his incredible hand speed. Now ready to make his move on the featherweight elite, Russell can’t wait to surpass his 2011 campaign with even bigger wins in 2012.

“Since this fight was rescheduled, it just gives me more time to get ready,” said Russell. “There is nothing in this weight division that I haven’t seen before and there is no way that he can prepare for me.”

Vietnam native Dat Nguyen (17-2, 6 KO’s) is an ultra-tough competitor known for his straight-ahead style and willingness to go toe-to-toe with anyone who steps into the ring with him. The winner of six of his last seven bouts, the 29-year-old, who now makes his home in Vero Beach, Florida, is hoping that a win over the unbeaten Russell will be the catalyst for a 2012 to remember for him.

“I’m in my prime,” said Nguyen. “You’ll see the best from me on April 21.”

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