Abner Mares Wins Unanimously
By Gabriel Montoya, MaxBoxing (Dec 4, 2011) Doghouse Boxing (Photo © Tom Casino / SHOWTIME)
Abner Mares throws punch at Agbeko in reamtch fight
Anaheim, CA The second time was a charm for IBF and WBC bantamweight titleholder Abner Mares as he out boxed former IBF champ Joseph “King Kong” Agbeko over the course of twelve round Saturday night on Showtime at the Honda Center in Anaheim,. CA before a crowd of 4,098.

Mares took a less is more approach to the rematch, working from the outside instead of being all out aggressive early, Mares used his head, his feet and his jab to keep Agbeko at bay and the action controlled.

Agbeko started fast, using his jab and trying to get to the body of mares but he could never quite get the fight into a mode he was comfortable with.

While some rounds were tight, Mares was clearly dictating the pace throughout. Even a cut suffered over his left eyebrow in the second round off an Agbeko punch could not deter Mares from fighting the way he wanted to.

Agbeko had his monents, particularly late as they began to trade more and more but it was Mares who slowed things down and imposed his will throughout.

The judges agreed, scoring it unanimously for Mares 118-110 across the board for Mares.

In the co-feature, Anselmo Moreno took a unanimous decision win over Vic Darchinyan to keep his WBA belt. He judge had it 117-110, 116-111, and 120-107 all for Moreno. Up close, it was a tighter fight than that but a bit of a black hole of entertainment. Darchinyan spent a lot of time swinging for the fences and missing. Moreno spent a lot fo time ducking, blocking, and then pecking away to the body and head of Darchinyan.

In short, one guy did little. The other did less.

Norwalk junior welter Carlos Molina scored a unanimous decision win over Manuel Leyva. It was Molina’s first ten round fight and he looked good. He fought mostly on the inside of Leyva’s wide shots and utilized a tight defense to get his work done. Late in the fight, he nearly stopped Leyva with a series of hard right hands but the veteran was able to weather the storm and keep things competitive throughout.

Omar Henry scored a technical draw in two rounds due to a clash of heads and cut :57 into round two. His opponent, Lester Gonzalez was the one who suffered the fight ending cut.

Sakio Bika scored a technical decision win in three after his opponent, Alfredo Contreras could not continue due to cuts suffered from headbutts.

Eric Morel scored a unanimous decision.

And Frankie Gomez got a TKO in 3 when he landed a right hand to the temple area of James Hope and put an end to what was going to be a very ugly fight. The time was :53.

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