Abner Mares’ Victory Speaks For
He Is Just Better Than Agbeko!!!
By Carlos Cordoba
Photos: Bret "The Threat" Newton
Abner Mares retained his
IBF and WBC Silver Bantamweight titles by Soundly
defeating Joseph Agbeko on Saturday night at the Honda
Center in Anaheim, CA. The thrilling bout was the main
event of “Mares vs. Agbeko II,” hosted by Golden Boy
Promotions, Don King Productions and Gary Shaw
Productions in association with Corona Light, DeWalt,
AT&T, and Showtime Boxing.
The highly anticipated rematch did not take long to heat
up. Both fighters came out willing to exchange making it
a hard opening round to call. The action seeped into the
second assault that saw Abner Mares connect with a left
hook and also suffer a cut beside his right eyebrow as a
result of an incidental head bunt. The following rounds
continued to be particularly challenging to score as
Agbeko moved forward and Abner Mares countered.
The partisan fighter from
Bell Gardens, CA connected on a strong right hook that
staggered Agbeko as round number five drew to a close. The
heated but hard to call exchanges flowed into round six. At
this stage Mares seemed to be landing the cleaner shots even
connecting with a penetrating right hook followed by a left.
Abner Mares’ dominance
was on vivid display in round eight as he continued to
counter with successful hooks, all while bleeding
profusely from his right eye. He went on to win the
ninth round while valiantly exchanging blows with his
foe and successfully landing some penetrating left
Agbeko looked lost as the
fight progressed into the championship rounds. His lead left
often landed; however, Mares’ would move and counter as he
pleased. The eleventh round was the most animated round of
this championship bout. A Mares’ left hook followed by a
piercing looping right hook ignited the pro Mares crowd. The
former Mexican Olympian culminated the bout by raising both
hands, asking for the crowds support and then followed by
pummeling his opponent with pure vigor and guts. All three
judges ringside mirrored the thoughts of most in attendance
when they all scored the bout 118-110 in favor of Abner
Tonight was Abner Mares’ opportunity to dispel his critic’s
assertions that he was a dirty fighter. Among those critics
are Vic Darchinyan and Joseph Agbeko, his last two opponents
who have feverishly stated that Mares’ punches often travel
south – below the belt. Both fighters have squared up
against Mares as of late, and both have lost.
Well! Tonight Abner
Mares let his boxing speak for him. Agbeko wasn’t truly
ever in the fight, which had a lot to do with Mares’
superior boxing pedigree and flat out guts. Darchinyan
just didn’t cut it. His critics were wrong; Mares can
win without landing blows below the belt. Now on to
better and bigger fights for Mares. As for Darchinyan,
Anselmo Moreno Retains WBA Bantamweight Title
In the televised
co-feature, Panama’s Anselmo Moreno 32-1-1, 11KO’s made
a successful defense of his WBA Super Bantamweight title
by simply outclassing Vic Darchinyan 37-4-1, 27KO’s in
rout to a 12 round unanimous decision victory.
Vic Darchinyan instantaneously imposed his awkward style
upon Moreno. Although, he was not as effective as the
Armenian contingency would want you to think, but may
have pulled out the first two or three rounds as Moreno
attempted to figure him out. Moreno did just that.
Anselmo Moreno, 26, fought poised patiently waiting to
counter punch his aggressor. Round number four would see
Moreno connect with several blows as Vic walked in. The
latter round also saw Vic Darchinyan’s roughhouse
tactics cost him a point as he lounged Moreno to the
canvas as the round came to a close. Referee Raul Caiz
Jr. had no choice but to deduct a point from Vic. The
following round was much of the same; it was not until
the sixth round where the action began to pick up.
Vic Darchinyan was able
to connect on a looping right hook only to be countered
by a left from Moreno. A spirited exchange arose with
Moreno pulling through with some nice left hooks as Vic
attempted to bully his way through. At this point one
could see the Panamanian fighter’s comfort level
increasing while proceeding to work Vic’s body as he had
been doing throughout the bout. The bodywork on behalf
of the Panamanian fighter was key.
Anselmo’s concentrated body attack began to pay off in
the eight round where Vic Darchinyan found himself being
peppered with shots most landing on his midsection and
stifling his attack. Some of those shots hurt the crowd
favorite who had a large Armenian contingency on hand.
The action diminished in the ensuing three rounds but
quickly picked up in the in the final assault which saw
Anselmo go down as a result of a slip. When the action
came to a close judge James Jen-Kin called the bout
115-112 while Steve English had it 117-110 and Jose
Cobian scored it 120-107 all in favor of Anselmo Moreno.
Eric Morel Wins Unanimous Decision
Eric Morel 46-2, 23KOs
went on to score a unanimous decision victory over Jose
Silveira 12-6, 4KOs with one judge ringside scoring the
bout 97-93, while the remaining judge's scored it 98-92.
This bout was competitive but churlish to say the least.
James had No Hope Against Frankie Gomez
With his hometowns
complete backing, Frankie Gomez 12-0, 9 KO’s made quick
work of his overmatched opponent. The East L.A. Native
came out the box as animated as this writer has ever
seen him. He went on to land a monstrous over hand right
to close the show and send James Hope 6-9-1, 4KO’s into
a comatose state at the: 53 mark of round number three.
Carlos Molina Passes Test With Flying Colors
Norwalk’s Carlos Molina
15-0-1, 7KOs straight right hand was flawless tonight.
It was able to find his target at will throughout the
first three rounds. The bout would be fought at close
quarters for the subsequent rounds as Leyva18-4, 10KOs,
made Molina earn his keep. It was straight right hand
that severely hurt Leyva towards the end of round number
Molina’s comfort level
fighting inside grew as the fight progressed through the
final three rounds. He connected with an array of punches,
often knocking the taller Leyva back on his heels as seen in
round nine. The undefeated prospect proved that his left
hook was just as menacing as his straight right in the final
seconds of the fight as he again connected with a clean
crowd-pleasing combo. At the final bell, two judges ringside
had tallied the bout 99-91, while judge Eddie Hernandez
called a shutout100-90 handing Norwalk’s Molina and
unanimous decision victory.
Bika Overpowers Contreras
Sakio Bika 29-5-2, 19KOs earns a TKO victory against Alfredo
Contreras 11-13-2, 5KOs in a scheduled 8 round super
middleweight bout. The bout was stopped by Referee Tony
Crebbs at the advise of the ringside physician at the end of
round number three due to Contreras lacerations over both
Henry and Gonzalez Fight to a Technical Draw
Omar Henry 11-0-1, 9KOs and Lester Gonzalez 12-5-3, fougth
to a technical draw at the end of the second round.
Contreras KO’s Another Foe
Riverside's Richard Contreras 9-0, 8KO's KO’d Juan Sandoval
5-8-1, 3KO’s. The knock out occurred 38 into round number