Anselmo Moreno Promises Better Second U.S. Impression

By Jake Donovan

Win today, look good the next time.

It wasn’t what Anselmo Moreno intended for to be the case in his U.S. debut last December. Unfortunately, that’s how his night turned out in soundly outpointing former two-division champ Vic Darchinyan over 12 awkward rounds.

The win improved Moreno’s record to 32-1-1 (11KO), racking up his 26th straight win and 9th consecutive defense of his bantamweight belt. It also marked his debut on American cable giant Showtime, where he returns on April 21 as he faces David de la Mora (24-1, 17KO) in El Paso, Texas.

Moreno follows the same pattern as his last fight, once again serving in the co-feature slot to a show headlined by Abner Mares. The two were paired up in separate bouts last December, with Mares scoring a second win in as many tries against Joseph King Kong Agbeko.

Unlike Moreno, Mares chose to bolt the bantamweight division after that evening. He will challenge for a vacant super bantamweight belt this time around, though at a catchweight against former flyweight titlist Eric Morel.

Moreno’s fight figures to make it an even 10 defenses at bantamweight, though this time around promises a more crowd-pleasing offering.

“You have to remember that the fight against Darchinyan was my first fight in the United States, so I was a little more reserved,” Moreno admits. “Now I’m very excited to be fighting in the United States again and you’ll see a little bit of difference. I’m going to be the same boxer style-wise, but you’ll see a little bit more. I’m very anxious to get in the ring, please the crowd and defend my title again.”

Assuming the odds play out and Moreno wins, a showdown with Mares is one possibility for the near future. Having reigned as a major titlist for nearly five years, the Panamanian southpaw is already planning a move up in weight for his next fight.

It’s not specifically to chase after any particular fighter, though bouts with Mares and pound-for-pound entrant Nonito Donaire certainly pay more. Rather, Moreno just believes his work is done at bantamweight and that it will be time to move on after April 21 comes and goes.

“I’m ready to fight the best and I’ve shown that in the past.  I’m staying at 118 maybe for one more fight and them I’m ready to jump to 122 to fight the biggest names out there.”

Hopefully the tour begins next week with a win in which he also looks good doing so.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Illdil on 04-18-2012

idk Why the people think he had a bad night or sub par night cuz i was laughing the whole time cuz Moreno stands in front of Vic and he can b touched :lmao: the guy has some great combinations…

Comment by Illdil on 04-18-2012

Moreno Is the Man the guy has Amazing boxing abiltiy very very Hard to hit incredible Defence and Great boxing IQ the guy is gona b very very tough to beat..the only other guy that reminded me of moreno's style…

Comment by TheSpecial on 04-18-2012

[QUOTE=Fetta;12017082]Moreno will [B]soon be the man to beat in boxing.[/B] Finally signed to good promoter and getting some TV time. :boxing:[/QUOTE] Erislandy Lara Erislandy Lara Erislandy Lara Erislandy Lara

Comment by LA_2_Vegas on 04-18-2012

Wait....that was Moreno looking bad?? wtf

Comment by Carlos Alberto on 04-18-2012

[QUOTE=bojangles1987;12016692]Anyone who didn't find Moreno extremely impressive in his first U.S. fight won't ever be entertained by Moreno, because they refuse to. He was fantastic against Darchinyan.[/QUOTE] I didn't see the fight but everyone who did seems to have been…

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