By Elisinio Castillo
Anselmo "Chemito" Moreno (35-3-1, 12 KO) is not looking for payback with Juan Carlos Payano (16-0, 9 KO). On Friday night in Mesquite, Texas, Payano captured Moreno's WBA bantamweight title with a six round technical decision. The fight was stopped early due to a severe cut suffered by Payano in the second round from a clash of heads. Moreno was making the thirteenth defense of the title he won from Wladimir Sidorenko in 2008. The scores were 59-55 and 58-56 twice, all for Payano.
Moreno said he didn't feel good at 118-pounds and it was apparently tough for him to make the weight. The Panamanian boxer previously moved up to 122 in 2012 and lost a twelve round decision to then champion Abner Mares.
"That's boxing," Moreno said regarding his loss. "This does not end here, it's time to move up in weight to 122 pounds. We're going for another championship. I do not feel good at 118 pounds. I no excuses, I lost and now I have to move forward."