Mares and Morneo easily make weight for their 122-pound title bout


WBC 122-pound titleholder Abner Mares and his challenger Anselmo Moreno easily made weight on Friday at Staples Center in Los Angeles, the site of their Showtime-televised showdown on Saturday.

Mares (24-0-1, 13 knockouts), who is making the first defense of the title he won in April, weighed 121.8 pounds. Moreno (33-1-1, 12 KOs), the reigning WBA bantamweight titleholder and THE RING’s No 1.-rated 118 pounder, weighed 120.8 pounds. 

“(Moreno) hasn’t lost in 27 bouts but I haven’t lost at all and I’m keeping it that way,” said Mares, a 2004 Mexican Olympian who grew up in Southern California.

Moreno, who is from Panama, said he has no worries challenging Mares in the titleholder’s hometown.

“I feel no pressure,” he said. “Most of my career has been in my opponents’ back yards.”

IBF bantamweight beltholder Leo Santa Cruz weighed in at 117.6 pounds for his title defense against Victor Zaleta, who weighed 117 pounds for their co-featured bout on the Golden Boy Promotions event.

Former junior middleweight contender Alfredo Angulo weighed in at the division limit of 154 pounds, while his opponent Raul Casarez weighed in at 153.8. Cazares, of Edinbug, Texas, is Angulo’s first opponent since the Mexican pressure fighter was stopped by James Kirkland last Novemeber and then detained for seven months this year for immigration issues that have been resolved.

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