Juan Carlos Payano upsets Anselmo Moreno via technical decision
Long-reigning WBA bantamweight titleholder Anselmo Moreno lost his belt by a sixth-round technical decision to Juan Carlos Payano on Friday in Mesquite, Texas.
The 30-year-old Payano (16-0, 8 knockouts) was cut by a second-round clash of heads with Moreno (35-3-2-1), who entered the fight as The RING’s No. 1-rated 118-pounder.
A native of the Dominican Republic, Payano, 30, won by scores of 58-56 on the cards of judges Rafael Ramos and Cesar Ramos, and by 59-55 on that of Alfredo Polanco. Payano has won three of his past six fights by knockout and was coming off a unanimous decision over German Meraz in February.
Moreno, 29, from San Miguelito, Panama, was making the 13th defense of the belt he won by a split decision over Volodymyr Sydorenko in May 2008, and had previously won a unanimous decision in March over Javier Chacon, ending Chacon’s seven-fight winning streak.
Payano represented Moreno’s third fight since his unanimous-decision loss to then-WBC junior featherweight beltholder Abner Mares in November 2012.