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Abner Mares, Anselmo Moreno, Vic Darchinyan & Don King Media Conference Call Highlights

NEW YORK (Nov. 16, 2011) International Boxing Federation (IBF) and World Boxing Council (WBC) Silver Bantamweight Champion Abner Mares, World Boxing Association (WBA), Bantamweight Super Champion Anselmo Moreno, Two-Division World Champion Vic The Raging Bull Darchinyan and Hall of Fame Promoter Don King held a media conference call on Wednesday to discuss the upcoming SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING event on Saturday, Dec. 3, live on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. In the main event, unbeaten rising star Mares (22-0-1, 13 KOs), of Hawaiian Gardens, Calif., will defend his International Boxing Federation (IBF) and World Boxing Council (WBC) Silver Bantamweight Championship titles against the boxer he dethroned, former Two-Time IBF Bantamweight World Champion Joseph King Kong Agbeko (28-3, 22KOs), of Accra, Ghana..

In the co-featured world championship bout, Moreno (31-1-1, 11 KOs), of Panama City, Panama, will defend his World Boxing Association (WBA) Bantamweight Super Championship against Darchinyan (37-3-1, 27 KOs), of Sydney, Australia, by way of Vanadzor, Armenia.

Tickets for Mares vs. Agbeko II, priced at $150, $100, $50 and $25, are available for purchase at all Ticketmaster locations, online at ticketmaster.com, via charge-by-phone at 800-745-3000 and at the Honda Center Box Office.

The doubleheader is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions, Don King Productions and Gary Shaw Productions and is sponsored by Corona, DeWalt Tools and AT&T.

Here are some highlights of what the principals had to say on Wednesday.


ABNER MARES:

I still have something to prove that Im a complete fighter. I just cant wait to get into the ring and beat Agbeko and beat him a different way. I know its going to be a great fight and hes a great ex-champion.

Im blessed and honored to have had some great fights against great fighters. The guys Ive beaten have given me great experience and have done so much for me mentally. It means that I can beat the best and have success at this level.

Ive grown and Ive learned from every fight. Each one I learn a little something new. Fight fans want to come see me because they know what Abner is going to bring and they want to come to see what Im going to do next. I train to become a better fighter because you never quit learning.

Im a fighter that always likes to go to the body. Agbeko is the kind of fighter that leans down but youre not going to see any of that in the next fight. Its going to be a tremendous fight and I think people will leave very happy.

Im a perfectionist and Im definitely going to go to the body. Im going to throw a lot of body punches. If I see that the ref is saying my punches are too low then Im going to stop doing it.

I think Agbeko is a more complete fighter than the last two fighters I fought (Yonnhy Perez and Darchinyan). The way he kind of pulls down and the way he hides his head is pretty good.

What I tell everyone is that if I would have been penalized or had a point taken away in the early rounds (of the first Agbeko fight), I would have definitely stopped going to the body. I thought most of my punches were right at the belt line. It was not my intention to hit him low like that and I didnt mean to hit him there. I fought my best and he fought his best and the fans were excited about the fight.

But, most definitely, I do see where all the controversy comes from. There were some low punches but I tried to correct them. There were times when he pulled my head down and the ref told him not to. I thought at one point I was going to get penalized but I just went to a neutral corner and just saw the ref started counting. Its not my fault. I cant tell the ref to stop counting, so you cant blame me for that. Thats why I have no problem fighting him again and I cant wait to fight and beat him again.

All eyes are going to be on me and waiting for me to make the mistakes, but Im determined to go to the body like I always do. Were ready. We have plan A and plan B and plan C.

I cant wait till Dec. 3, so I can show everyone what Abner Mares is made of.



ANSELMO MORENO:


Weve faced all kinds of fights and styles. Not all fights are the same and not all fighters are the same, so were preparing ourselves 100 percent so that on Dec. 3 its going to be my night and that everyone will leave pleased with my performance.

Its one thing to say something but its another thing to go out and do it. We are prepared and we have watched Vic Darchinyan. We are going to do everything to counter him and make him feel uncomfortable.

Ive had eight title defenses but I needed a name like Vic Darchinyan to put my name out there on the map. Im very happy to be with Golden Boy Promotions now and my mindset is all about Dec. 3 and coming out victorious. I know after I win I will want to challenge the other winner to unify the titles. Why not fight Abner Mares after this fight, or Agbeko? I want to unify all the titles at 118.

My style fascinates me; when they are right in front of me and I can make them miss. They miss and I counter them. Thats the art of boxing. Hit and not be hit.

Im going to go in there and do my job. Im going to punch him and attack him and make him miss.

Let the winner be the winner. Whoever wins let the right guy win.


VIC DARCHINYAN:

Im well prepared and I want to show everyone in America and the rest of the world that Im very fit and ready to go. As soon as Im done fighting (Moreno) I want to fight Abner Mares and I will destroy him. Thats what I want.

I think Moreno is an OK fighter. I dont think hes a very effective fighter because he just goes round by round. Im just going to be too strong for him. Hes bigger than me maybe body-wise, but Im going to be too strong for him.

I know I have to be patient. I cant be in a rush like I did against Agbeko. I just wanted to knock him out in the first round and I was very impatient. I had no control in the ring because I wanted to just knock him out. Im not just going to try and knock (Moreno) out. Im going to take my time.

Im going to show the entire world that Im a strong fighter and that Im going to knock him out.

I know Moreno is a great fighter and wants to take me out but if I win this fight I want to fight the winner of Agbeko-Mares. I just love to fight. Anyone who comes, Im just going to destroy him.

Who does Moreno remind you of?

I think he looks a little like my first world title fight against (Irene) Pacheco, but Pacheco is more aggressive. Hes a southpaw and tall and a good mover, but I think Pacheco is more aggressive than Moreno. They are both good movers and come to fight, so its going to be a good fight.

Ive seen a couple of his fights. Hes always trying to push his opponents around. He comes in not so fit and he gets tired after the sixth round. Hes won his recent fights by split decision and hes just looking to survive. He wants to win the first six or seven rounds, but Im just going to come and demolish him and be so much stronger than him.

I know Moreno is a great fighter and wants to take me out, but if I win this fight I want to fight the winner of Agbeko-Mares. I just love to fight. Anyone who comes, Im just going to destroy him.

DON KING (Agbekos Promoter):

It wasnt Mares fault that there was a bad referee in the last fight. Everyone in the world condemned the poor performance he put in, which really changed the outcome of the fight. Hopefully this time the fighters will decide on what they will do and how they will do it in the ring.

SHOWTIME has got a big winner here and Im looking forward to it with great anticipation.

I truly dont count the last fight and the loss (Agbeko) had because of the faults of Mr. (Russell) Mora and his poor officiating. However, now its up to Agbeko to stand up and be accounted for and that he can redeem himself. He knows that hes the one that has to do this.

I will be there for the fight in California. I think Mares is a great fighter and hes really articulated well about what happened in the last fight. However, I think the blemish is a big one because of the low blows that were thrown and there was no rectification by the referee or condolence by the man who was supposed to be watching the referee and telling him what to do.

Article posted on 17.11.2011



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