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With the news of Canelo Alvarez vs. Austin Trout now happening on April 20, Golden Boy Promotions has elected to move Abner Mares vs. Daniel Ponce de Leon off that date and onto a co-feature spot on the May 4 Floyd Mayweather vs. Robert Guerrero Showtime pay-per-view.

Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer confirmed the news earlier today. Mares vs. Ponce de Leon was originally set for April 20 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California, which would have put it in direct competition with Canelo vs. Trout, set to take place in San Antonio.

At press time, Golden Boy is still considering adding Leo Santa Cruz and/or Alfredo Angulo to the May 4 card.

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Very smart move. No, Mares is not the ticket seller that Canelo is. However, he’s built a solid following with his high level of competition over the last few years, and there’s no conceivable way he and Ponce de Leon can have a dull fight.

Leo Santa Cruz is a brawling Mexican pressure fighter so he’d be welcomed against anyone on the card. The other word going around is that Golden Boy is pushing to try and secure Kirkland-Angulo II. Now if that comes off, it may very well steal the show.

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Nonito Donaire, Jorge Arce

HOUSTON, TEXAS — WBO super-bantamweight titlist Nonito Donaire did what was expected of him in delivering a quick and vicious knockout of an undersized and outgunned Jorge Arce last night at the Toyota Center.

Arce attempted to box off the backfoot in the opening round, but that just left him open for right hands due to Donaire’s reach and height advantage. Arce began coming forward in the second and started to get timed by sweeping left hooks. However, it would be the right hand that scored the first knockdown. Arce rose and started going for broke, taking more power shots and tapping his gloves to taunt Donaire into delivering more punishment.

The proud Mexican was granted his wish in spades.

Arce walked into a sharp jab and straight right that landed behind the ear and badly wobbled him. Donaire followed up with two merciless lefts, an uppercut and hook, while Arce was trying gather himself with one glove on the canvas. The third and decisive knockdown came quickly with a left hook separating Arce’s fighting spirit from his frame and sprawling him on the canvas.

Arce commended Donaire on the vicory and confirmed his retirement.

“I promised my family if I lost I would quit,” said Arce. “I’m a gentleman and have a family to take care of.”

Donaire, who still has formidable challenges in his weight class, made his strongest statement to date in verifying who his next opponents will be.

“Bring ‘em all on!” stated Donaire. “I want to get [Abner] Mares because he called me out. If not we’ve got [Guillermo] Rigondeaux.”

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We’re going to hold you, and you’re promoter Bob Arum, to these words Nonito. Nobody took this Arce fight seriously, but having fought four times this year, it was no reason to crucify you over it as your competition overall has been solid. However, to consider yourself a top Pound4Pound fight, and a credible champion for that matter, fighting BOTH Abner Mares and Guillermo Rigondeaux should be your top goals for 2013. These two are far and away the best fighters in your division. And in Mares’s case, he has a valid claim that to have faced better competition recently.

Will Top Rank and Golden Boy put side their BS to make Mares-Donaire? Will Nonito keep his word and remain up for a Rigondeaux unification?

LOS ANGELES, CA — Showtime Sports delivered an excellent fight card last night capped off by a rough and tumble barnburner of a main event between Abner Mares and Anselmo Moreno at the Staples Center. Once again, Mares passed a stiff test and afterward did what we yearn for all top fighters do — he challenged the best fighter in his divsion to a unification match.

ABNER MARES UD12 ANSELMO MORENO: Mares vowed to make Moreno “uncomfortable” and pressure him, but I don’t think anyone envisioned the “bull in a china shop” offense Mares displayed for the majority of the fight. Mares was an animal; he cared nothing about accuracy, but made sure all his punches were landing somewhere on Moreno, who struggled to gain any type of distance to work his counters. Mares would bang the body with 4-5 punches at a time. And even though Moreno had good defense in picking off a lot of shots, the sheer volume from Mares ensured many were getting through and wearing him down.

Whenever Mares would take a breather, Moreno accuracy would shine. At mid and long range, Moreno would snap back Mares’ head with his southpaw staight left and right jabs. The problem for Moreno is that Mares, clearly the bigger man, could take this punches and would explode with flurries to push Moreno back on his heels. Mares began finding the range with the overhand and straight right and hurt Moreno for the first knockdown of his career in the fifth. At that point, Moreno was only saved by the bell and appeared to be on the way out of there.

Moreno took another pasting in the sixth, but hung tough and started landing big hooks with both hands in the seventh. Moreno’s best opportunity to score a KO came in the eighth when he stunned Mares with a heavy left hook. Mares went to the ropes for the first time and Moreno, although still cautious of a trap, teed off with a series of power shots to take the round despite a late Mares flurry.

Moreno finished strong in the championship rounds but lost a key point in the 11th for holding down Mares’s head. It was a bullshit call, especially considering the roughhouse tactics exhibited by Mares the entire fight (low blows, forearms, leading with his head). Moreno had won that round on my card but had to settle for 9-9 round with the deduction.

In the end, the fifth round knockdown and Mares’ dominance over the first half of the fight was enough to get him 116-110 scores on two cards (believable), and a ridiculous 120-106 score on the other card. I had it closer to the Showtime team’s scores of 114-112.

Mares made it clear in his post-fight interview that he wanted Nonito Donaire next and implored him and Top Rank to not let politics prevent an excellent fight. I have no doubt Mares is sincere; just a look at his track record over the last few years shows he wants to fight only the best. Donaire, unless he finally gets “excited” to face stablemate Guillermo Rigondeaux, has only this fight to take if he wants to remain credible at super bantamweight. Sadly, I have little faith that Golden Boy and Top Rank can put aisde their differencs to make it happen. If they do, I’d favor Donaire since I think he’s the guy, if anyone does have it at super bantamweight, that has enough power and accuracy to hurt Mares repeatedly.

LEO SANTA CRUZ TKO9 VICTOR ZALETA: What a bruising fight. Santa Cruz reminds me a little of Antonio Margarito the way he walks down fighters and works the body. What bodes better for Santa Cruz’s career is that his defense is a little better with his tight guard. That left hook he throws to the body is very effective. Zaleta gave it his all but Santa Cruz was just too big and powerful. The idea of Santa Cruz and Mares fighting, which the Showtime team was hyping, is salivating should Donaire not come to the table for Mares. Believe it or not, Mares actually weighs more than Santa Cruz at the moment. How Mares would adjust his strategy to a bigger and stronger fighter is intriguing.

Mares: 121.8

Moreno: 120.8

Prediction: This is a fight where you can easily see two outcomes: Mares’s youth and aggression overwhelming the older fighter, or Moreno’s higher technical skill and counterpunching taking the younger guy to school with a dominant boxing lesson. From a style standpoint, this is likely the toughest opponent Mares has faced on his phenomenal run over the last few years. I see Moreno frustrating Mares early on with his defense and picking off his rushes with that southpaw left hand. However, expect Mares punch output to keep the cards close and give him some moments inside during the later rounds. I see a controversial split decision that because of Mares’ aggressive style and the fact counter-punching, defensive fighters tend to get shafted by judges, goes Abner’s way.

Check the other weigh-in results for Leo Santa Cruz and Alfredo Angulo. With Anuglo, he may be outgrowing 154 — look at how guant he looks, especially around the stomach.

Showtime is airing a very good triple-header this weekend headlined by the super bantamweight unification matchup between WBC titleholder Abner Mares and WBA champ Anselmo Moreno. The young Mares has had one of, if not the most challenging opposition level in boxing over the last few years and perhaps faces his biggest hurdle in Moreno, who’s an excellent counter-puncher and defensive fighter.  Rouding out the card is IBF bantamweight titlist Leo Santa Cruz taking on Victor Zaleta, and former junior middleweight top contender Alfredo Angulo continuing his comeback against Raul Casarez. And for those who need even more of a boxing fix, WBO light-heavyweight titlist Nathan Cleverly will defend on Showtime Extreme against Shawn Hawk.

Below are quote highlights from the main participants following their last media workout earlier this week.

 

ABNER MARES

You can expect a more mature, focused and ready Abner than you ever have seen before.  I’m ready to fight.  I’ve been through the most aggressive, best training camp ever.  I feel great, I probably could have taken this whole week off and just concentrated on my weight.

This will be a very good fight, a very tough one that will bring out the best in me and the best in both of us.  This is the kind of fight the fans want, a pretty even fight you could say, between two world champions going at it from the opening bell.

I think this could be a more mentally exhausting fight than a physically exhausting one for me.  I know I have to be mentally sharp.  With Moreno’s style, if you miss, you cannot become frustrated.  You have to keep working and that is one of the biggest keys for me.

ANSELMO “CHEMITO” MORENO

My style is what it is.  I’m an elusive fighter, the kind of fighter that hits and doesn’t get hit.  My style is one that makes you watch at all times.

I’ve fought the same way since I was younger.  I learned that lesson when I was fighting in the streets when you need to stay smart all the time and not just brawl.

LEO SANTA CRUZ

I was pretty happy with my performance when I became the first to knock out Eric Morel, but I really didn’t think it was that big a deal.  I was really surprised at how excited fans and the media were after watching it.  I remember reading what they had to say about me and the fight.

I guess I left a pretty good impression, but now I need to do it again.  All the nice words only serve to give me more motivation.  The Morel fight was a good start, but I want to do this for a long, long time.

 I know Zaleta is a really good pressure fighter who likes to come forward and punch.  This is going to be a really good fight.  I can’t wait.

ALFREDO “PERRO” ANGULO

No words can describe how excited I am to be able to fight again and to be able to do it in my hometown is even better.

I always knew that one day I would be free to fight again, the question was always when.

(On why he decided to grow his hair long for Locks Of Love)

I’ve always believed that for every bad thing that happens in life, something good would come out of it.  My hair was getting long anyway and one day I got on the internet and did some research and found out about Locks Of Love.

I never planned to do anything for charity until I read about it.  You need to donate at least 10 inches of your hair.  I haven’t had a real haircut in a while and I still have a little ways to go, but once it is long enough, that’s where my hair is going.

RAUL CASAREZ

I’m excited.  This is as big as it gets for me.  I’ve worked very hard for this opportunity and now that it’s here I have to take advantage of it.

I most definitely feel they are making a mistake by fighting me.  There are a lot of 154-pounders who were willing to take this fight, but they chose the wrong guy and they can’t change their minds now.

I’m hungry like you wouldn’t believe.  I want it like you wouldn’t believe.  It’s Showtime!  Angulo had his time, but now it’s my turn.

NATHAN CLEVERLY

I’m very excited for Saturday and fans can look forward to a good fight and a good performance by me.

It’s fantastic to be fighting on SHOWTIME EXTREME and I thank everyone involved for making it happen.

I’m definitely relieved that I finally have an opponent.  Now, I can relax.  The downside, if you want to call it that, is that I trained 10 weeks for a southpaw, but I’m just happy we have a fight.

I’m sure my opponent is going to give it everything.  He’s a colorful, a come-forward type of fighter who can bang.  I expect it to be tough.  He’ll be fighting me with nothing to lose.

The Showtime tripleheader airs live from the Staples Center on November 10 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The Showtime Extreme portion of the card begins at 8 p.m. ET/PT

LOS ANGELES, CA — WBC super bantamweight belt-holder Abner Mares and WBA titlist Anselmo Moreno met yesterday at ESPN Zone LA Live to formally announce their November 10 unification match at the Staples Center.

The card will be filled out with the return of Alfredo Angulo against Raul Casarez, the former now under the wing of Andre Ward trainer Virgil Hunter. IBF bantamweight champ Leo Santa Cruz will also be on the card against an opponent yet to be determined.

Here are the highlight quotes from the main participants yesterday.

ABNER MARES

It’s an honor to be headlining at STAPLESCenter, but I really don’t think about it. I’m just excited to be fighting a guy like Chemito, who people say is a pound-for-pound fighter, which he is. The fans have been asking for a fight like this for a long time. I think they’re happy that it is going to happen.

I’m also excited for my hometown fans and friends, who’ll get the chance to see this fight live, but I know I can’t get caught up with stuff like that. This is a big fight for me, for both of us, and a great opportunity to showcase my talents.

Chemito hasn’t lost in 10 years. He is a very difficult fighter, very talented, a technical, defensive fighter who knows his way around a ring. This is a tremendously hard fight for me, but one I wanted. I’ve been training very hard.

I don’t want people to like me; I want them to respect me. I want to fight the best. The big winners on Nov. 10 will be the fans.

I’d like to thank everyone responsible for making it happen. I look forward to defending my title and giving it all I have.

 

ANSELMO “CHEMITO” MORENO

After I beat Vic Darchinyan, I made a challenge to all the top fighters at 118 and 122. I got this offer and I took it. I am moving up to 122 pounds because that’s where the money and the big names are.

I wanted a challenge at 122 pounds and this is a big one. This is a great opportunity. Abner Mares is a great champion. I’m looking forward to Nov. 10 and fighting a fellow champion of the world.

After this fight I will sit down with my team to see what I want to do next – whether I want to stay at 122 or move back down to 118.

 

LEO SANTA CRUZ

I think people really started noticing me after my last fight against Morel. I go places now and people recognize me more than ever before.

It’s great to be fighting again so soon and I thank everyone involved for keeping me busy. I’ve been training really hard, and I think I’m getting better with each fight. It doesn’t matter who I fight because I train the same for all of them and will never underestimate any opponent.

 This will be my first fight at Staples so it is very exciting for me. I hope a lot of people come out.

ALFRED “PERRO” ANGULO

I really want to thank my lawyers, everybody really, who helped clear up all my visa issues so that I could fight again. Without them, there is no way I would be in L.A. today and getting ready for a fight.

I also want to thank Golden Boy and Showtime. I’m working now with Virgil Hunter and will be very prepared to go at it on Nov. 10.

It’s really great to be back in business, doing what I really want to do.

 

Mares vs. Moreno is a 12-round battle for Mares’ WBC Super Bantamweight World Championship promoted by Golden Boy Promotions taking place on November 10 at STAPLESCenter in Los Angeles. The event is sponsored by Corona and AT&T and will be televised live on SHOWTIME.

Tickets, priced at $200, $100, $50 and $25, not including applicable service charges and taxes, are on sale at all Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.ticketmaster.com, by phone at (800) 745-3000 or at the STAPLES Center Box Office.

 

Abner Mares and Anselmo Moreno were too much for their Showtime boxing opponents last Saturday (April 21) in respective impressive wins over Eric Morel and David De La Mora.

Moreno’s victory was a clinic of precision punching. In the second, De La Mora was hurt badly to the body with a straight left for a knockdown. De La Mora’s offense for the remaining rounds was reduced to wild flurries and lunging punches, the latter Moreno effectively countered with right hooks. Every time De La Mora went to the ropes, Moreno abused him with hooks downstairs. By the start of the ninth, the punishment was too much and De La More retired on his stool.

Abner Mares had a much more competitive time with Eric Morel, who he bulled past for a unanimous decision win. After a solid first round that saw Morel counter well from the outside, the veteran was wobbled by a succession of Mares’ hooks inside. By the fifth round, Mares’ was timing Morel’s jab with thudding overhand rights. While Morel would never fold and land well in every round, Mares’ pressure and power shots continually forced him to give ground. By the championship rounds, Morel had succeeded in drawing blood from Mares’ nose. Nonetheless, Mares would continue dominating the action with hard hooks. Morel made a definitive stand in the 12th, fighting Mares toe-to-toe for a thrilling finish. Final scores read 120-107 and 119-109 twice for Mares, who picked up the vacant WBC super bantamweight title.

With both Mares and Moreno at the top of their games and Golden Boy stable mates, the obvious question would be is the time ideal for these two to meet? It’s a classic contrast in styles with Mares the aggressive boxer-puncher and Moreno the highly-skilled technician. There are indeed other lucrative and crowd-pleasing alternatives for both like Nonito Donaire for Mares and Jorge Arce for Moneno. But considering those men are signed with contentious Golden Boy rival Top Rank, the odds are not good that either of those fights come off. In fact, the stronger likelihood is that Arce and Donaire end up fighting each other next.

While Golden Boy would surely like to let these two build separately for as long as possible, Mares vs. Moreno is definitely a fight that needs to be considered sooner rather than later. One of the big selling points of Mares is he’s one of the few young fighters that hasn’t been coddled with soft touches. He’s not looked back since stepping up to face elite fighters in 2010, having fought no less than a Top 5 fighter since. Facing Moreno would be more of the same. In addition, a loss at the lower weight classes is not viewed as a devastating setback as we many times see in the higher divisions. If the fight is good (and it should be), neither Moreno nor Mares would find their marketability damaged should they lose.

What do you think? Is it time for Mares vs. Moreno, or should this fight be left to build?

Showtime Boxing takes an intimate look at the humble beginnings and rise of IBF bantamweight champion Abner Mares. Golden Boy’s first homegrown champ will make his super bantamweight debut this Saturday (April 21) when he faces Eric Morel for the WBC title.

Last Saturday (December 3), Abner Mares overcame an early cut to outwork and even stun Joseph Agbeko in the late rounds to score a well-deserved unanimous decision. Mares’ redeemed himself from their foul-filled first encounter earlier this year and laid solid claim to being the best bantamweight in the world. On the undercard, Anselmo Moreno arrived on the national scene with a great performance against favored Vic Darchinyan. Moreno completely befuddled Darchinyan with precision straight lefts and digging body shots in route to a lopsided decision win. Hopefully the winners, both under Golden Boy Promotions, face off in early 2012.

Mares: 117 lbs.

Agbeko: 117 lbs.

PREDICTION: Their first bout was a good scrap that turned into a travesty courtesy of a horrid referee. Agbeko is the older fighter and you never know when it will catch up with him. Mares has a high-paced style and it clearly had Agbeko out of sorts early on. This is a toss-up, but I’m going with Agbeko by close decision mainly because I think the late rounds of the fight fight showed him how to box Mares, and the Ghanaian fighter has shown he can make great adjustments for return bouts (Yhonny Perez rematch).

Moreno: 118 lbs.

Darchinyan: 117 lbs.

PREDICTION: Moreno is a good, discplined whose advantages in height and reach will give Darchinyan some problems. Hoever, Darchinyan looked great balancing his brawling and boxing abilities in April against Yhonny Perez. Darchinyan handspeed and footspeed are better than Moreno even at 35, so he’ll be able to close the gap and force exchanges where Darchinyan’s power will be the difference. Moreno tastes the canvas at least once and loses a unanimous decision.