Number one-ranked bantamweight, Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno (32-1-1, 11 KOs) will defend his WBA bantamweight championship against former world title challenger, David De La Mora (24-1, 17 KOs) in the opening fight of Showtime World Championship Boxing featuring Abner Mares and Eric Morel’s jr. featherweight title fight at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas. The broadcast begins at 9 pm ET/6 pm PT.
Moreno is making the twelfth defense of the title he took from Volodymyr Sydorenko in 2008. The crafty, defensive-minded southpaw’s title defenses include another win over Sydorenko, two close split decision wins over Nehomar Cermeno, a TKO win over Lorenzo Parra, and a virtuoso display of his diverse talents in last December’s win over Vic Darchinyan. Despite being the best bantamweight in the world and only 26 years of age, Moreno garners little-to-no interest in the American market, and is making his second straight start in support of Abner Mares on Showtime since signing with Golden Boy Promotions in 2011.
De La Mora is making his second challenge of a world title belt. The 23-year-old Tijuana native came up short, losing a close decision to Koki Kameda in Japan last August. In his last fight, De La Mora knocked out novice Eddy Julio in Rosarito, Mexico.
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