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Champion vs. Champion: Mares vs. Moreno
NEW YORK, NY (BASN)—In a rare champion vs. champion encounter, WBC super bantamweight champion, (24-0-1, 13 KOs) defends his title against WBA bantamweight champion Anselmo Moreno (33-1-1, 12 KOs) on November 10 at the STAPLES CENTER in Los Angeles. SHOWTIME will televise.
Mares, 26, Mexico, have become a household name fighting on SHOWTIME underneath the Golden Boy Promotions banner. Mares, the winner of SHOWTIME’s Bantamweight Championship Tournament, Mares, fighting on SHOWTIME underneath the Golden Boy Promotional banner, owns victories against Joesph Agbeko, Yohnny Perez, and Vic Darchinyan. In his previous bout in April, Mares captured the WBC 122-pound title by outpointing Eric Morel.
Mares has clearly developed into one of boxing’s very best.
“I feel faster and stronger at 122 pounds and now that I’m used to this weight class, I’m going to be more dangerous than ever for anyone who steps in the ring with me,” said Mares. “I love this fight with Moreno. I’ve got a lot of respect for him, but I know I’ll get the win on November 10 with the help of my hometown fans in Los Angeles.”
Moreno is an in-ring technician. He is a longtime WBA 118-pound titlist and his performances have been nothing short of special. A fight with Moreno should be the toughest of Mares’ career.
“I’d like to thank Mares for taking this fight as this is the type of moment every fighter waits for and dreams about,” said Moreno. “I’m ready to show the world what I can do. I promise my fans that I will put on a great show like always and leave the ring with the belt.”
Moreno, Panama City, Panama, is a veteran of 11 professional bouts and is a two-division WBA champion at both 115 and 118. Moreno, winner of 27 consecutive bouts, has defeated Volodymyr Sydorenko (twice), Nehomar Cermeno (twice), Mahyar Monshipour, and Vic Darchinyan.
“You always hear boxers saying that they want to fight the best competition,” said Golden Boy Promotions President Oscar De La Hoya. “Mares and Moreno are not just talking the talk, they are walking the walk. These two are the best of the best and to see them in the ring together on November 10 is going to be a special night for the sport.”
Mares vs. Moreno is one of three fights to be aired on a SHOWTIME championship Boxing tripleheader.
“We are continuing our promise to put on the best fight cards top to bottom and with Mares-Moreno, bantamweight champ Leo Santa Cruz (21-0-1, 12 KOs) defending his title and the highly anticipated return of Alfredo Angulo (20-2, 17 KOs) in a brawl against Raul Casarez, fans will be on their feet cheering all night long,” De La Hoya added.
“I’m looking forward to defending my title in front of my hometown fans,” Santa Cruz said. It’s always very motivating to have my friends and family support me and I’m excited for November 10.”
Coming off of a career-defining win over Eric Morel on September 15 in which he handed the former world champion his first ever knockout loss. The 24-year-old from Lincoln Heights, CA will be appearing in only his third world title fight.
Junior middleweight puncher, Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo and Raul Casarez will meet in a scheduled 12-round battle.
Angulo said: “It’s very exciting to have my comeback fight in my second home of Los Angeles,” said Angulo. “I have been working really hard to give the fans a good show like they are used to because I am here thanks to their support. ‘El Perro’ is back!”
U.S. Olympian Marcus Browne signs managerial pact
U.S. Olympian Marcus Browne has signed a managerial pact with Al Haymon. Haymon is amongst one of the most influential managers in boxing at the highest level. Haymon’s opinions and viewpoints carry a lot of weight and is hardly ever underestimated or understated.
Brown, a former NYC Golden Gloves champion, is a two-time National PAL titlist, a National gold medal winner, and represented the U.S. during the 2012 London Olympics. He is trained by Gary Stark, Sr.
Browne joins Haymon’s stable of fighters that include Floyd Mayweather, Jr., Andre Berto, Adrien Broner,
Staten Island light heavyweight Marcus Browne, a 2012 U.S. Olympian, has signed with the most powerful advisor in boxing, Al Haymon.
Browne was the first Atlas Cops & Kids Boxing Program product to compete in the Olympic Games. Browne is a two-time National PAL champion and 2012 USA Boxing National gold medalist who is trained by Gary Stark at the Park Hill Boxing Club, Chris Arreola, and more.
Browne is a product of the Dr. Theodore A. Atlas Foundation’s ‘Cops & Kids’ program. The program is headed by famed boxing trainer/commentator Teddy Atlas. The ‘Cops & Kids’ program has one gym open in Browne’s native Staen Island, another in East Flatbush, Brooklyn, NY and plan to open two more in Staten Island and Brownsville.
Haymon has also signed Browne’s 2012 U.S. Boxing teammates Terrell Gausha, Dominic Breazeale, Rau’shee Warren and Errol Spence Jr. Haymon’s client list includes Floyd Mayweather Jr., Andre Berto, Adrien Broner, Austin Trout, Peter Quillin, Gary Russell Jr., and Chris Arreola, among the more notables.
“The boxing program is needed for wayward kids with little or no direction,” Atlas said in a statement. “Our gyms give them a place to go for hope; building confidence and making them feel better about themselves. They get the tools there that they need to grow-up and become productive people. It is an important, valuable alternative to violence, crime and drugs. That’s what boxing does like no other sport. It helps kids find themselves. Not only do they discover things that they didn’t know were available to them, they gain pride and confidence in themselves. Our program is a platform for them to have dignity. The Dr. Atlas Foundation has been helping needy people with medical expenses, relocation assistance, and for other areas like that. But violence is a sickness and we’re helping to prevent that with our gyms. I agreed to absorb the boxing program with a twist – education components had to be part of it. We established behavioral rules and conduct with disciplinary consequences. The kids have to keep their grades up if they want to train. Pat Russo did a great job as the PAL boxing program director and he’s continuing to do a great job as the director of our program.”