The bantamweight doubleheader of Abner Mares vs. Joseph Agbeko and Anselmo Moreno vs. Vic Darchinyan on Saturday, December 3 could be one of the best cards of the year, according to Showtime Boxing analyst Al Bernstein. The card at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California will be seen on Showtime Network at 9 p.m.
"The bantamweight division is one of the best in boxing, and this features perhaps the four best fighters in the division," Al said. He added, "The Mares-Agbeko rematch is obviously a potential barnburner, but the Moreno-Darchinyan fight is a main event in its own right. Moreno has been an outstanding fighter for some time-but this will put him center stage to an American audience. He's drawn a tough match with Darchinyan, who is fighting as well as ever."
Mares and Agbeko fought on August 13th, with the bantamweight and Showtime tourney titles at stake. Mares won a decision that was marred by low blows and ineffective officiating by the referee. Al breaks this fight down: "Lost in all the controversy is the fact that this was a great fight. Mares boxed so well in the first portion of the fight, and Agbeko mounted a great comeback in the second part. Hopefully minus any controversy in this rematch, I could see Agbeko starting a little quicker and Mares figuring out a way to keep his good boxing going longer--that will make it a great fight."
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In a poll on Al Bernstein's Facebook fan page, Al Bernsteinlive, fans are almost evenly divided on who will win the December 17th final of the Showtime Siper Six Tourney between Andre Ward and Carl Froch. Bernstein said, "This just shows what a close fight that will be. I think it's a dead even fight, and so do boxing fans." Fans can go to facebook.com/AlBernsteinlive to log on and vote and see all the other great features of Al's facebook fan page.
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