Sunday, 11 November 2012

Mares Mauls Moreno - Now For Donaire

Abner Mares vs Anselmo Moreno - WBC Super Bantamweight Title

I am going to start this article with a moan. A massive moan in fact. James Jen-Kin one of the judges in the Mares-Moreno fight should be sacked right now. No messing about, SACKED. How an experienced judge can score the fight 120-106 for Mares just totally shocks me. This guy has been judging fights since the year i was born (1979 )going by boxrec records. Surely in 32 years he knows how to score a fight. Mares won every round? I'm sorry but NO. This looks like this guy has been paid (which i don't think he has) or he is just totally incompetent. I collected 34 press scores for this fight and not 1 of them had anything near the score that Jen-Kin displayed on Saturday night at the Staples Centre LA. I also collected over 50 scorecards from the boxing fans on twitter and on the numerous boxing forums I'm able to collect from and the biggest scorecards i got in favor of Mares were 117-109 and 117-110. These are not bad cards as they are only 1 round out from what many press and fans score this fight. But 120-106? No Chance.

Now onto the fight which for the first 1 or 2 rounds looked like it was going to be a messy affair with both fighters fouling and tackling each other to the canvas. Mares started like a man possessed. He went after Moreno setting a pace that the man from Panama probably has never experienced. Mares when he could tried to keep Moreno on the ropes and bash away at the WBA 118lb champions ribs. Moreno though was cute in the first few rounds as he was able to dance round the on rushing Mares landing some counter jabs and straight left hands. Mares had his first breakthrough in the 4th as for most of the round he was able to force Moreno to trade with him on the ropes. It was the type of fight Mares would need to win this fight.

The pressure continued in the 5th when near the end of the round under severe fire, Mares landed a quick straight right inside. Down went Moreno, he was hurt but luckily for him the round didn't have long left. The pro Mares crowd went crazy as in the 6th Mares continues to punish Moreno on the ropes. Body shots whacked in as Moreno covered up, Mares was in total control now as the light punching Moreno didn't have the arsenal to keep the marauding champion off him.

In the 7th the pace slowed. There was no chance Mares could have kept this up. The champion still moved forward looking for Moreno although this time he was being caught coming in with the right jab and the snappy straight left hand. Good round for Moreno keeping him in the fight. The 8th round was probably the best of the fight as both guys traded when inside. To the surprise of many watching the fight Moreno was getting the best of it landing some nice left hooks, one of them stopping Mares in his tracks. This brought Moreno even closer on my card (77-75 Mares).

The 9th and 10th rounds have went either way. Both were fighting hard although at a slower tempo. I can see how these rounds could have went to one or the other fighter though. Some fans and press liked the walk forward style of Mares, he could have won both rounds because he was the aggressor. I gave both fighters a round a piece as in the 9th i felt that Moreno was picking the now slower Mares off coming in and was matching his inside work.

Controversy reigned in the 11t as referee Raul Caiz Jnr took a point off Moreno for pushing Mares head down when inside fighting was taking place. It was a harsh call especially as Mares was guilty of more than a few low blows and was boring in with his head constantly. Wrong decision from the ref which could have caused Moreno the fight. Moreno to his credit rallied in the 11th and took a share on my scorecard 9-9.

The atmosphere was electric as the 12th round started. It had been an enjoyable fight from 2 very good champions. Mares looked tired though, his previous efforts especially in the first half of the fight seemed to take most of his energy. Moreno was now happy as he was able to catch Mares quite easily. Mares speed of foot was gone as he could only follow Moreno around the ring instead of drive him to the ropes. Moreno easily won the round as long jabs and hooks were by far the cleaner punches of the round. The final bell rang and on my scorecard i wasn't sure who had won. Below you will see my full scorecard, certainly nothing like THAT shocking 120-106 card posted by James Jen-Kin.

Fightscorecollector's Scorecard

Round 1.... 10-9 Moreno
Round 2.... 9-10 Mares
Round 3... 10-10 Draw
Round 4.... 9-10 Mares
Round 5.... 8-10 Mares...............Mares Scores Knock Down
Round 6.... 9-10 Mares
Round 7.... 10-9 Moreno
Round 8.... 10-9 Moreno
Round 9.... 10-9 Moreno
Round 10.. 9-10 Mares
Round 11... 9-9 Draw...........Point Deduction from Moreno, Moreno wins round
Round 12.. 9-10 Moreno


Judges Scores: David Sutherland (USA) 116-110 Mares
                         Marty Denkin (USA) 116-110 Mares
                        James Ken-Kin (USA) 120-106 Mares


Boxing Press and Fan Forums Scores

BoxingOpinions : 114-113 Mares

Steve Kim (Maxboxing) : 116-111 Mares

Mark Ortega (QueensburyRules) : 114-113 Mares

Michael Rosenthal (RingMagazine) : 116-110 Mares

Scott Christ (Badlefthook) : *113-113 DRAW*

Steve Zemach (QueensburyRules) : *113-113 DRAW*

Al Bernstein (Showtime) : 114-112 Mares

Steve Farhood (Showtime) : 114-112 Mares

Paulie Malignaggi (Showtime) : 114-112 Mares

Joshua McDaniel (Leaveitinthering) : 116-111 Mares

Alan Abramowitz (freelance) : *113-113 DRAW*

Ben Weisman (Boxingasylum) : 115-111 Mares

Jake Donovan (Boxingscene) : 114-112 Mares

Cliff Roid (Boxingscene) : **114-113 MORENO** : 116-111 Mares

Bernardo Osuna (ESPN) : 115-110 Mares

Billy Ferguson (UKFighthype) : *113-113 DRAW* : 116-111 Mares

Tommy Allan (Boxingasylum) : 114-112 Mares

Matthew Mojica (Fightsource) : *113-113 DRAW*

Ryan Bivins (Sweetboxing) : **114-112 Moreno**

Nigel Collins (ESPN) : 115-113 Mares

Andy Paterson (Boxingasylum) : 114-112 Mares

Steve Lillis (Boxnation) : 115-111 Mares

John Angus MacDonald (Thaboxingvoice) : 114-113 Mares

Ernest Gabion (Theboxinglab) : 114-112 Mares

Luis Sandoval (Theboxinglab) : 114-112 Mares

Paddy Cronan (Onthegrindboxing) : **114-113 Moreno** : 114-112 Mares

Mike Coppinger (USA Today) : 115-111 Mares

Ryan Burton (Theboxinglab) : 114-112 Mares

Eric Raskin (Ring Theory) : 115-111 Mares

Kieran Mulvaney (ESPN) : 116-110 Mares

Ray Markarian (Thesweetscience) : 116-110 Mares

Jenna Jay (Ontheropesboxing) : 115-111 Mares

No Holds Barred : 115-111 Mares

Cole Cristainsen (twitter fan) : 114-112 Mares (twitter fan) : **114-112 Moreno**

Per plex (twitter fan ) : 116-111 Mares

Peter Clarke (twitter fan) : *113-113 DRAW*

Jrosales13 (twitter fan) : **114-112 Moreno**

Pawel (Twitter fan) : 114-112 Mares

Chito Muniz (twitter fan) : 114-112 Mares

Saddo Boxing Forum (all for Mares) : 116-110 x2, 116-112

Boxing Asylum Forum (all fo Mares) : 116-110 x2, 114-112 x2, 114-113
                                                            *113-113 DRAW*

Fighthype Boxing Forum : 116-110 Mares

Fightjudge Boxing Forum (all for Mares) : 114-112, 116-110

Ringnews24 Boxing Forum (all for Mares) : 114-112, 115-111
                                                                      **115-111 MORENO**

Boxrec Boxing Forum (all for Mares) : 115-111 x2, 114-112, 116-110, 115-112, 117-110
                                                              **114-113 MORENO**
                                                              * 113-113 DRAW*

Eastsideboxing Forum (all for Mares) : 116-110 x3,  114-112 x2, 117-109 x2, 115-112, 115-114
                                                                114-113, 116-111
                                                               **114-113 x2 MORENO**
                                                                *113-113 x2 DRAW*

Boxingscene Forum (all for Mares) : 114-112 x3, 115-111 x2, 115-112, 117-112, 114-113, 116-110
                                                            **114-113 MORENO**
                                                             *113-113 DRAW*

Cheeckhookboxing Forum (all for Mares) : 114-112, 116-110

Theboxingpalace Forum : 115-111 Mares

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