Last night on Showtime Championship Boxing from El Paso, Abner Mares scored a wide unanimous decision win over Eric Morel to win the vacant WBC super bantamweight title, and Anselmo Moreno dominated and stopped David De La Mora in a bantamweight co-feature to retain the WBA title. Below are quotes and photos from the event.
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Abner Mares: "I felt a lot stronger at this weight. I felt complete. I have to say Eric was very strong. I was surprised he withstood the pressure. He went out like a true champion. That last round was a great round for both of us. ... I feel I still need to improve. I am still learning. Sometimes I make it a brawl when I don't have to, so there's definitely more I can do."
Eric Morel: "The (age) doesn't matter. He probably would have done the same thing (10 years ago). He's a great fighter. He's one of the best I've ever faced. I have nothing to be ashamed of. He put on a great performance. What else can I say?"
Al Bernstein on Eric Morel: "If this is the last major fight of his career, and it very well could be, he has nothing to be ashamed of."
Antonio Tarver on Anselmo Moreno: "This guy could be head and shoulders above the rest in the bantamweight division, but now it's time to see him against the best."
All Photos by Tom Casino/Showtime