Anselmo "Chemito" Moreno retained his WBA bantamweight title with an easy, one-sided win over Venezuela's Lorenzo Parra in Panama City tonight, claiming victory when Parra pulled out of the fight after eight rounds with an injury.
Moreno (31-1-1, 11 KO) had no trouble handling the former flyweight titlist Parra (31-3-1, 18 KO), as the challenger barely fought at all, staying at distance and forcing Moreno into an unusual role of aggressor, which didn't work much to entertaining, but made for an easy night's work for the Panamanian titlist. The 32-year-old Parra simply didn't seem very interested in the fight, and could only possibly have argued for winning the third of the eight rounds. The rest was all Moreno, who didn't have to do much to put the rounds in his pocket.
Moreno, 25, has in the recent past been brought up as a potential opponent for Nonito Donaire, and has expressed interest in moving his career to the United States. The bantamweight division is hot on Showtime, and Donaire is someone who, whenever he gets around to fighting again, is a player at HBO now following his February destruction of Fernando Montiel. But his style simply does not lend itself well to TV fights, and if rumors of his big purse demands are true, then it's probably unlikely we'll see him on American TV any time soon. This fight's boredom wasn't necessarily his fault, but it almost surely did him no favors, either, and the crowd at Arena Roberto Duran frequently voiced their displeasure with the lack of action.