Abner Mares (24-0-1, 13 KO) will defend his WBC super bantamweight belt against Anselmo Moreno (33-1-1, 12 KO) on Showtime this Oct. 13.
Ring Magazine reports that Richard Schaefer of Golden Boy Promotions is still finalizing the fight, but it looks like the fight is close.
Mares won his belt after defeating Puerto Rican veteran Eric Morel (45-3, 23 KO) this past April.
Moreno (33-1-1, 12 KO) is a 27-year-old bantamweight boxing phenom. He's reigned four years as the WBA bantamweight world champion, but has fought as a super bantamweight before.
Whoever wins would definitely put themselves head and shoulders above any other potential opponent for division king Nonito Donaire (29-1, 18 KO).
Donaire stepped up to the super bantamweight division this year to earn the WBO belt from Wilfredo Vazquez (21-2-1, 18 KO) and the IBF belt this past July from Jeffrey Mathebula (26-4-2, 14 KO).
Since Mares hopes to face Donaire soon, he must be impressive against Moreno. That's a tough task due to the slickness and defensive skills of Moreno, but it will be an effort well worth the reward.
Mares' only other competition in a battle to land Donaire is Guillermo Rigondeaux (10-0, 8 KO), who has yet to fight any of the elite fighters in his division despite his legendary amateur background.
Who deserves a shot at the Donaire-Nishioka winner more?
If Mares can defeat Moreno, the only thing standing in his way of a big event against Donaire is Toshiaki Nishioka (39-4-3, 24 KO), who Donaire faces on Oct. 13 on HBO.
Nishioka is currently one of the best fighters of the super bantamweight division and may pull an upset. The Japanese legend may not be as well known in the States as Donaire, but he is a legendary fighter.
Earning the opportunity to face either fighter should be relished as an opportunity to show who's truly the best fighter the division has to offer.
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