By Marc Livitz: Abner Mares claimed the vacant WBC Super Bantamweight belt this evening at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, TX. by way of a unanimous decision victory over Eric Morel.
Morel started quickly, perhaps in an attempt to make those watching forget about his ten year age disadvantage (Morel 36 to Mares 26). Mares adjusted and landed a flurry of shots to end the first round. Eric went to the canvas, but the fall was clearly the result of a shove and slip. The El Paso crowd was cheering for Mares and was clearly on the side of the Mexican cum California boxer to succeed. His opponent from Wisconsin by way of Puerto Rico showed tremendous heart and did his best to match Mares shot for shot. Abner scored with effective shots to the head at the beginning as well as end of the second round. Mares was clearly the busier fighter. Morel spent much of the third in retreat. A hard left hook by Mares to the head of Morel ended the first quarter of the bout.
Eric briefly switched to a southpaw stance in the beginning of the fourth, but Mares adapted quickly and back to traditional went Morel. Mares continued his strategy of walking down his opponent. His rival was able to land a few shots in the fifth, but Mares kept coming forward at all costs. The sixth mostly consisted of the two fighters waging a war of jabs in the middle of the ring. By this time, Morel was showing a cut above his left eye and Mares was bleeding a bit from the nose. The theme of round seventh was the clear introduction of the right of Mares.
Morel proved a game challenger. He refused to quit. Regardless of the odds and the ever growing confidence of Mares, he came forward and pressed the action. "Little Hands of Steel" however had trouble brewing in the eighth and only showed signs of brilliance.
Eric Morel kept looking for the one chance to land the perfect shot. It didn’t present itself in round nine. The two fighters fought the next round almost exclusively in the center of the ring. Mares continued to look impressive after he had moved up in weight. Morel showed his own signs of frustration as he tagged Mares with a right hook after the bell had sounded to close the period. Abner Mares continued to work hard in the eleventh and caught Morel with a left hook to the head with a minute to go in the round. The crowd showed their appreciation for the efforts of the two combatants as the twelfth and final round began. Although his face wasn’t the same as he walked to the ring, Abner still managed to outbox Morel and win by unanimous decision. The scorecards read as follows: 120-107 the other two turned in totals of 119-109, respectively. Abner Mares is now the newly crowned WBC Super Bantamweight champion and improves to 24(13)-0-1, while Eric Morel fell to 46(23)-3.
Anselmo Moreno tops De La Mora
Moreno was riding a 26 fight win streak coming into tonight’s contest. The opening round had the San Miguelito, Panama boxer establishing a quick jab as well as a speedy left. A good body shot from Anselmo caught De la Mora at the one minute mark. The crowd at the Don Haskins Center was clearly less than pleased with De la Mora’s decision to run through periods in the second round. Moreno remained patient and scored a knockdown inside the last minute of round two by way of an accumulation of effective shots to the head and body, which was followed by a right hook. De La Mora beat the count, but was clearly shaken as he returned to his corner after the round closed. The Tijuana fighter appeared somewhat gassed as round three commenced. In the third, Moreno tried to end the show early. He had De la Mora backed into a corner more than once, however David managed to spin Moreno around, turn the advantage and fight back. A left hook which caught Moreno led to a slip through the ropes. The story through the early rounds was the seven inch reach advantage which Moreno used at great lengths to exploit. Such was the case in the fourth stanza.
De la Mora showed signs of desperation in the fifth and tried to get back into the contest. Moreno grabbed another knockdown in the sixth round once he connected with a quick right to the head and a hard left to the body of De la Mora. The Tijuana fighter once again ran off the effects of the knockdown afterwards. Anselmo had his way with the Mexican challenger for the majority of the seventh. David showed tons of spirit tonight. In the eighth, he responded with a quick flurry of punches after Moreno connected with a glancing left. This would be as far as he would get, however as his corner threw in the towel at the conclusion of the round. Moreno improves to 33(11)1-1 via eighth round TKO and retains the WBA Super Bantamweight championship. David de la Mora drops to 24(17)-2.
vacant WBC super bantamweight title Abner Mares w pts 12 Eric Morel
WBA bantamweight title Anselmo Moreno w tko 9 David De La Mora
super middleweight Rowland Bryant w tko 3 Librado Andrade
lightweight Luis Ramos Jr w pts 10 Daniel Attah
super featherweight Antonio Escalante w ko 4 Francisco Camacho
super featherweight Francisco Vargas w tko 3 Rafael Lora
April 21, 2012