Anselmo Moreno to return on Sept. 26
WBA bantamweight titleholder Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno will return to action against undefeated Juan Carlos Payano on Sept. 26 at the Mesquite Arena in Mesquite, Texas, Iron Mike Productions announced on Monday.
“The state of Texas is the home of some of the toughest fighters and best boxing fans in the country,” said Mike Tyson, of his “Big Texas Throwdown” event. “I’m thrilled to promote my first event there on Friday, September 26th.”
The RING’s number one-rated 118-pounder, Moreno (35-2-1, 12 knockouts) is coming off a unanimous decision in March over Javier Nicolas Chacon, ending Chacon’s seven-fight winning streak.
Moreno, 29, from San Miguelito, Panama, will face Payano (15-0, 8 KOs) in the 13th defense of the belt he won by split decision over Volodymyr Sydorenko in May 2008.
This will be Moreno’s third fight since his unanimous decision loss to then-WBC junior featherweight beltholder Abner Mares in November 2012.
Moreno’s only other setback was by split decision in October 2002 to Ricardo Molina, whom he later defeated twice by ninth round stoppage and unanimous decision in January and August 2005, respectively.
A native of the Dominican Republic, Payano, 30, has won three of his past five fights by knockout and is coming off a unanimous decision over German Meraz in February.
Other fighters on the card include middleweight Charles Hatley, featherweight former title challenger Roberto Marroquin, cruiserweight prospect Raphael Murphy, junior lightweight Anthony Bonner and Mexican featherweight Moises “Chucky” Flores.
Notes: Quotes provided by press release