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Anselmo Moreno outpoints Suriyan Sor Rungvisai in Panama

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Anselmo Moreno kept his title contention hopes alive by administering a master-class boxing lesson against Thai veteran Suriyan Sor Rungvisai Saturday at Arena Roberto Duran in Panama City, Panama.

Moreno (36-4-1, 12 knockouts) scored a knockdown in the second round to cruise to the unanimous decision victory, with two judges scoring the fight 117-110 while a third saw it 116-11, awarding the 30-year-old Panamanian southpaw the mandatory position for a rematch with WBC bantamweight titleholder Shinsuke Yamanaka.

In the first Yamanaka-Moreno meeting last September, the former bantamweight titleholder Moreno dropped a split decision to the unbeaten Japanese boxer despite some feeling he deserved the verdict. Yamanaka was last seen in March, getting off the canvas to win a unanimous decision against Liborio Solis.

Against Sor Rungvisai, Moreno was able to dictate the pace with his footwork and timely counterpunching, rolling out to his right while playing the matador with his check hook. If Sor Rungvisai (46-7-1, 23 KOs) didn’t realize he was fighting outside of his native Thailand, he found out in Round 2 after he turned his back to draw referee Jay Nady’s attention to a low blow.

Moreno alertly followed his opponent and launched three right hooks which dropped Sor Rungvisai to the canvas. Nady scored it a knockdown, giving Sor Rungvisai yet another matter to complain about. Sor Rungvisai went down once more in the round, but it was ruled an accidental headbutt. Their heads had clashed about five seconds previously, after which Moreno landed a minor left hand to the top of Sor Rungvisai’s head.

Despite the setback, Sor Rungvisai, a former WBC junior bantamweight titleholder, remained focused on his game plan, which was to press forward and throw body shots with both hands while brushing off Moreno’s incoming right hooks and uppercuts.

Sor Rungvisai finally started to get through with meaningful shots in Round 5, sneaking right hands between the guard. He also found the fight he wanted in Round 6 with body punching in close and counter left hooks when Moreno dropped his right hand inside.

Moreno regained functional control once more the following round, keeping Sor Rungvisai off balance with his busy combinations. Moreno outlasted the final desperate rush of Sor Rungvisai in the twelfth to win a convincing decision.

Moreno entered the fight rated No. 3 by THE RING at 118 pounds while Sor Rungvisai is rated No. 7.

Sor Rungvisai is now 0-5-1 in fights outside of his home country.


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