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Q&A: Morel is confident going against Mares
Eric Morel on Abner Mares: "His style is perfect for mine. I'm aware of his power and I'm aware of everything that he can bring. I'm confident that I can pull it off."
Former titleholder Eric Morel will be 10 years older than Abner Mares on April 21, when the elder man pursues his 12th straight victory and perhaps his sixth knockout during that run in a Showtime-televised clash from the Don Haskins Convention Center in El Paso, Texas.
Morel (46-2, 23 knockouts), who is 36, is facing Mares (23-0-1, 13 KOs) for the WBC junior featherweight belt, this, after the 26-year-old vacated his IBF bantamweight title to rise in weight.
In Mares, Morel is in against a young man who has endured a difficult schedule over a 20-month span through December of last year, having twice defeated ex-beltholder Joseph Agbeko, earned a decision over former titleholder Vic Darchinyan and battled to a draw with then-beltholder Yonnhy Perez.
A Puerto Rican-born Madison, Wis., resident and former 1996 Olympian, Morel will try to earn a title belt for the first time since August of 2000, when he won the WBA flyweight belt by unanimous decision over Sornpichai Kratingdaenggym.
Nicknamed "Little Hands Of Steel," Morel defended that crown five times -- twice by knockout-- before losing it by unanimous decision to Lorenzo Parra in December of 2003.
In March of 2005, Morel lost his bid for the WBA's junior bantamweight title by unanimous decision to Martin Castillo, and was subsequently convicted and imprisoned for three years for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl.
In this Q&A, Morel addressed the challenge presented by Mares, as well as the potential for a bout opposite WBO junior featherweight titleholders, Nonito Donaire.
RingTV.com: What do you see in Mares?
RingTV.com: When you were fighting on the undercards, did you envision ever facing Mares?
EM: Oh yeah. I know what I'm going to have in front of me. But he probably thinks that he has seen what I have in the past.
RingTV.com: At this point in your career, what would a victory over Mares mean to your career, and, conversely, a loss to him mean?
RingTV.com: Are you concerned about his having been penalized for low blows in the past against Vic Darchynian and Joseph Agbeko?
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