By Elisinio Castillo, notifight.com
Former world champion Anselmo "Chemito" Moreno of Panama, officially announced on Thursday in Panama, during the television broadcast of "The Best of Boxing" program, that he is definitely walking away from professional boxing.
Moreno reported his retirement, after a medical evaluation, after suffering a knockout loss in the third round last weekend, at the hands of former world champion Julio "Pollito" Ceja of Mexico, in a fight in where they fought for the silver super bantamweight championship of the World Boxing Council (WBC). The fight took place last Saturday in Panama City and saw Moreno go down from an uppercut, stay down for the full count and later tell media members that his vision was affected.
In the future, Moreno is hoping to become a candidate for the International Boxing Hall of Fame, in Canastota, New York. Moreno is about to turn 32 years of age and dedicated more than 15 years to his career as a professional boxer.
After being Panma's national champion and holding multiple regional champion titles, Chemito Moreno won the World Boxing Association (WBA) bantamweight crown by dethroning, by unanimous decision over twelve rounds, world champ Vladimir Sidorenko of Ukraine on May 31, 2008.
After winning the WBA world crown, Moreno made twelve successful defenses of that title, including a rematch with Sidorenko and defeating four former world champions, including Mahyar Monshipour, Nehomar Cermeno, Lorenzo Parra and Vic Darchinyan.
In 2012, Moreno unsuccessfully trying to capture the World Boxing Council (WBC) super bantamweight crown against Abner Mares in Los Angeles, California. Despite the loss, he was still the WBA bantamweight champion and then moved back down in weight. He also failed twice in his attempts to capture the WBC world bantamweight title against Japanese champion Shinsuke Yamanaka in Japan. The first of their two fights was very close and ended with a split decision.
In his "last hurrah", Chemito Moreno became WBC bantamweight silver champion by beating the Japanese fighter Suriyan Kaikanha in Panama in 2016. Moreno, regarded as one of the best fighters to come away from Panama, retires from boxing with a professional record of 36-6-1 and 12 knockouts.