Six of the boxers who will feature this Saturday in a multi world title boxing card from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, participated in a public media workout Monday in MacArthur Parkin Los Angeles.
On hand for the outdoor event were undefeated WBC super bantamweight champion Abner Mares (24-0-1, 13 KO’s), of Hawaiian Gardens, Calif., WBA bantamweight super champion Anselmo Moreno (33-1-1, 12 KO’s), of Panama City, Panama, unbeaten IBF bantamweight champion Leo Santa Cruz (21-0-1, 12 KO’s), of Los Angeles, hard-hitting light middleweight contender Alfred Angulo of Los Angeles by way of Mexicali, Mexico, the upset-minded light middleweight contender Raul Casarez (19-2, 9 KO’s) of Edinburg, Texas and undefeated WBO light heavyweight Champion Nathan Cleverly (24-0, 11 KO’s) of Cefn Fforest, Wales.
In a battle of world champions, Mares will risk his title against Moreno in the main event. Santa Cruz will defend against Victor Zaleta (20-2-1, 10 KO’s) in the co-feature while Angulo and Casarez will clash in the telecast of Showtime’s championship boxing programme.
Cleverly will put his unblemished record and world title belt on the line against Shawn Hawk (22-2-1, 16 KO’s), of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Also featured on Showtime Extreme will be a light welterweight scrap between promising unbeaten Antonio Orozco (15-0, 11 KO’s) of San Diego, Calif. and Danny Escobar (8-1, 5 KO’s) of Riverside, Calif.
Below is what this Saturday’s boxers had to say on Monday:
“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.”