Abner Mares won his second major world title with a dominant unanimous decision over Eric Morel in an entertaining Showtime-televised main event in El Paso, Texas, on Saturday.
The 26-year-old former bantamweight titleholder took the fight to the tough and ring savvy veteran in every round and his intelligent pressure and aggression was rewarded by the judges who scored the bout 120-107 and 119-109 (twice) for the Southern California-based Guadalajra native.
Mares’ fast pace, constant pressure, busy jab, combination punching and ruthless body attack was more than Morel, a 36-year-old former flyweight beltholder who hadn’t lost since 2005, could cope with. However, the skilled Puerto Rican boxer’s defense, footwork, counter punching, clinching and champion’s heart kept Mares from overwhelming him and made for a competitive one-sided bout.
Mares (24-0-1, 13 knockouts), who picked up the vacant WBC 122-pound title with the impressive victory, was impressed with Morel.
“He’s a great technical fighter but I was able to pin-point my shots,” he said during his post-fight interview. “I was surprised he was able to take the power shots. He went out like a champ.”
When asked if he would like to face likes of Anselmo Moreno, Nonito Donaire and Jorge Arce next, Mares said:
“Any of them, let’s go, one by one. Let’s make the fights the fans want to see. Win or lose, who cares. Let’s do it for the fans.”
Morel (46-3, 23 KOs) was equally impressed with Mares. When asked if he would have fared better against the youth if he was 10 years younger, Morel gave Mares respect.
“The time doesn’t matter,” he said. “He probably would have done the same thing. He’s a great fighter.”