Abner Mares Beats Anselmo Moreno by UD and Calls out Nonito Donaire
On Saturday Nov. 10, the world-famous Staples Center in Los Angeles will host WBC Super Bantamweight World Champion Abner Mares vs. WBA Bantamweight Super World Champion Anselmo Moreno.
Although the event will be televised live on SHOWTIME, Bleacher Report will be blogging live from the media section.
Friday afternoon was the weigh-in for the Mares vs. Moreno card and undercard fights. All fighters made weight on their first attempt.
The highly anticipated return of the exciting knockout powerhouse Alfredo "El Perro" Angulo surprised and even shocked some fans and media in attendance as he looked totally different from his usual short fade buzz cut hairstyle coming to the stage sporting what looked like a 70s Charles Manson hairstyle.
Angulo, however, looked fit as can be weighing in at 154 lbs on the dot.
His opponent, Raul Casarez, came in at 153.8 lbs, and there were some boos from the crowd for this Texas fighter.
Raul had some pretty unique hair style as well with some tiger stripes shaved/colored into his head because he goes by the moniker "Tiger."
Both were all business during their stare down.
It is interesting to note that El Perro weighed in at 154 lbs on the dot with a long 70s hair style, which probably indicates that with his normal buzz cut he would probably truly weigh about at least two or three pounds less.
Perro also told the media that he will braid his long hair and then cut it all off and donate it to charities that provide hair to children with cancer.
In the co-main event Victor Zaleta, 117 lbs, and bantamweight champion Leo Santa Cruz, 117.6 lbs, both made weight easily and were friendly even, shaking hands and smiling at one another during the faceoff.
Finally, in the main event Team Mares showed up to Staples Center wearing customized gear in the colors and style of the Los Angeles Lakers.
Obviously, the local crowd favorite Mares received the loudest cheers at the weigh-in in comparison to Moreno having very little fan support and even getting booed as soon as he arrived on stage.
Mares weighed in at 121.8 lbs.
Moreno weighed in at 120.8 lbs.
Both were all business as they did their faceoff. Moreno was seen instantly drinking fluids trying to rehydrate his body.
Caron Butler of the L.A. Clippers, which is also the other home team to Staples Center, was on stage posing for pictures between the fighters.
I have been texting Abner and emailing him all week, but it seems he is fully focused on the fight and not taking any interviews at this time.
Abner's manager tells me, after the weigh-in he is eating pasta and loading up on carbs and relaxing at his home playing Xbox.
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Abner Mares calls out Nonito Donaire from the post fight ring interview with Jim Gray and says come on thats the only fight out there and says his promoters are willing to make that fight happen so its on Top Rank.
Crowd cheers as Mares calls out Donaire here at Staples Center!
116 to 110 , 116 to 110, 120 to 106 And STILL CHAMPION!
Mares vs Moreno Round 12
Mares looks tired but hes chasing Moreno.
Mares is literally running after Moreno and taunting him as he's chasing him around the ring and the crowd is laughing.
Moreno is doing good boxing and countering Abner coming in.
Abner lands downstairs and then clean to the face. Ref tells him to keep it up though.
Abner lands a big clean 1-2 to stalks Moreno.
Moreno fires the jab to keep Mares off him.
Mares pressing Moreno against the ropes and the bell rings.
Close round goes to the champion when in doubt.
Mares vs Moreno Round 11
Abner is going back to stalking Moreno he presses him up against the ropes. Moreno pushes his head down and the ref splits them up and deducts a point from Moreno for pushing Abner's head down.
Abner goes on the attack.
Moreno gets out and leans back and counters Abner keeping him off him.
Abner then pressures him back into a corner and fires away.
Moreno gets out and lands hard combination.
Abner looks hurt?
But smiles and says come on and hit me again?
One point deduction from Moreno but he seemed to win the round so 9 to 9 round
Mares vs Moreno Round 10
More boxing again this round Abner bouncing and throwing the jab.
Moreno now stalking as Abner sizes him up coming in.
Moreno lands two jabs to the top of Abner's head coming in.
Abner pressing him against the ropes and they tie up.
Ref splits them up.
Moreno gets a clean body shot in to the side of Abner.
Moreno lands another good body shot.
Abner fires back with that same big right hand and smiles.
Abner swings hard and misses and almost goes down and the bell rings.
Mares vs Moreno Round 9
Mares and Moreno are boxing in this round.
Moreno is jabbing and using his distance.
Mares goes to the sides of Moreno's body.
Moreno lands a clean shot upstairs.
It seems Abner decided to take this round off.
Mares vs Moreno Round 8
Straight left lands to the face of Abner.
Moreno follows up with another jab.
Mares then presses Moreno against the ropes and fires away with big shots.
Mares lands a big right again to the side of Moreno's head.
Mares and Moreno tie up.
Mares is taunting Moreno telling him to punch him and then after a few shots Mares fires back and presses him agains the ropes and fires away!
Crowd is screaming here at Staples Center!
Mares vs Moreno Round 7
Mares taking the first half off Moreno timing and lands right to his head.
Moreno and Mares tie up and Abner goes to the side of his body and lands a shot to his back and the referee checks to see if Moreno is ok.
Referee warns Mares for the shot and says he'll be deducted a point next if he does it again.
Moreno lands a 1-2 lands clean
Mares vs Moreno Round 6
Abners firing away to a Moreno backing up landing 3 shots to his face and the crowds chanting MARES MARES MARES!
Moreno counters hard and Mares respects the shot.
Abner lands upstairs and ducks low to evade the counter.
Abner pins him against the ropes and lets his hands go its sloppy but Moreno is not doing much in return.
BIG RIGHT HAND rocks Moreno!
Abner firing away and presses Moreno in the corner.
Big round for the champion Mares he hurt him bad with that big right hand.
Mares vs Moreno Round 5
Moreno is literally running backwards as Abner chases him around the ring.
Abner throws a right and Moreno grabs his glove to stop him from throwing?
Abner lands hard shot and crowd cheers.
Moreno seems to be figuring out Abner and is timing him lands good shot upstairs.
Moreno taking over this round with good countering as Abner comes in.
Abner fires back with a big right.
Abner lets his hands goes lands a hard combination and Moreno goes down.
Mares vs Moreno Round 4
Abner backs him up into a corner and goes to the body the two are trading hard shots and the crowd is screaming loud.
It seems Abner's pressure is bothering Moreno from getting his own groove yet.
Moreno fires a jab and Abner goes low to the body.
Moreno pushing Abners head down so Abner fires low to the body and Moreno goes down and protests its a low blow.
Referee warns Moreno not to hold and for Abner not to go low.
Mares and Moreno then trade big shots against the ropes and Mares lands the harder cleaner shots.
Mares vs Moreno Round 3
Abner stalking and pressuring Moreno this is a sloppy fight and that is what Abner needs to do cause Moreno can time and counter him otherwise.
Abner goes hard shot to the body and the crowd goes OOHH!
Moreno lands a 1-2 to the top of Mares head.
They trade body shots in the opposite corner of where I am.
Abner is chasing Moreno around the ring.
Moreno lands a jab to the nose of Abner.
Abner goes to the body and Moreno counters with 2 shots seemed to be thrown short?
Close round goes to the champion. Abner throwing the harder shots not exactly clean but harder to Moreno's jabs.
Mares vs Moreno Round 2
Abner chasing Moreno around the ring Moreno looking to counter.
Abner lands flurry to the body.
Moreno lands a right to his body.
Abner attacks both sides of Moreno's body.
Abner throwing combinations and has Moreno pressed against the ropes.
Abner pressuring Moreno.
Crowd chanting MARES MARES MARES.
Abner lands big right to the side of Moreno's face.
Better round for the champion Mares
Mares vs Moreno Round 1
Abner stalking Moreno gauging.
Abner lands a jab.
Abner opens up big to the body and Moreno tries to turn away.
Moreno goes to the body and Abner turns to the ref to say its low.
Moreno Fires upstairs big right it looks like it lands.
Abner goes to the body and chases Moreno and Moreno falls down?
Ref rules it a slip.
Moreno grabs Abners head and and Abner goes to the body several times.
They lock up and Abner trips and falls down. Crowd gets excited.
Referee rules it a slip.
Close round goes to the champ Abner
Abner Mares is now making his way to the ring and the crowd is on their feet and cheering him on.
He has his signature war bandanna on and his Laker color gear on and the crowd is loving it.
So keep in mind from an honest perspective of this fight this is Abner's hometown and his belt and lets keep it real Showtime has been trying to make him their new poster boy.
So with all that REAL TALK said, Moreno really needs to WIN BIG tonight or they will not give it to him.
Mares vs Moreno
Moreno is making his way to the ring crowd is booing him its obvious a Mares house tonight with it being LA and the massive Mexican and Mexican American community in LA.
Alright fans they are filling in time now we got the main event next!
Mares vs Moreno
Santa Cruz vs Zaleta Round 10
Leo lands a big 1-2 and Victor goes down and the referee waves it off its over!!!!!!
Santa Cruz vs Zaleta Round 9
Between rounds Adrien Broner's face shows on the jumbo tron and everyone boos?
I wonder why?
Metta World Peace got the loudest cheers.
Santa Cruz vs Zaleta Round 8
Victor opens up trying to get back in this fight but Leo answers back.
Victor is throwing hard shots and Leo takes them and keep going.
Leo has him against the ropes and he goes almost down and the crowd is excited.
Victor has no quit in him he has a big heart but he's hurt and fighting on.
Santa Cruz vs Zaleta Round 7
They are trading in the center of the ring.
Victor lands some body shots.
Leo still stalking throws a combo and goes to the body hard and Victor goes down and the crowd just cheers on.
Victor gets up and dances to avoid punishment then opens up and trades.
Leo has him unprotected and is going for the TKO stoppages against the ropes the ref is looking to stop it and then the bell rings.
Saved by the bell.
Victor's corner should stop this its pointless at this point hes way behind on the cards and 2 knock downs.
Santa Cruz vs Zaleta Round 6
Leo and Victor trade big shots Victor lands a clean hard counter and the crowd eats it up!
Victor is bouncing trying to get his second wind back.
Leo pounds away against the ropes again.
Victor moves side to side and gets out and they trade again.
Closer round Victor tried to open up more this round and Leo seemed to take most of it off.
We'll give it to Victor.
Santa Cruz vs Zaleta Round 5
Leo chasing Victor around the ring.
Victor is backpedaling more than before they stop against the ropes and Victor opens up.
Leo does not answer just keeps stalking.
Victor lands good right and then Leo goes back to the body where he hurt him the previous round.
Leo pounding away and the crowds going OOOOHHHH.
One fan shouts STOP THE FIGHT!
Leo lands 3 more hard body shots I honestly think they are too low but the ref allows it?
Leo's rounds. Victor looks like he's almost done here.
Santa Cruz vs Zaleta Round 4
Crowd shouting: "GO LEO!"
Leo still stalking Victor around the ring.
Two get tied up and almost fall down.
Leo conitnues to back up Victor throws a barrage of punches and Victor almost goes down and the crowd just woke up and starts cheering Leo on to go for the KO!
Leo lands a straight right on the top of Victor's head and the crowd goes OH!
Leo back him up against the ropes and fires away Victor counters back and moves to the side.
They both trade hard body shots and Victor goes down hard.
He gets up and beats the bell just in time.
10-8 champion LEO
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