MANILA, Philippines – World Boxing Association (WBA) bantamweight champion Anselmo Moreno of Panama became the latest fighter to call out World Boxing Organization (WBO) super bantamweight champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire of the Philippines.
Moreno (32 wins, 1 draw, 1 loss, 11 knockouts) is the top-rated bantamweight in the world but is looking to move up in weight to seek a bout against Donaire.
“That is a dream of mine. Work my way up to 122 pounds and fighting Nonito Donaire is definitely something that I have on my mind,” Moreno said in an interview with RingTV.
Moreno has defended his WBA bantamweight belt nine times, most recently against Vic Darchinyan. He broke down Darchinyan over the course of 12 rounds en route to a unanimous decision victory.
“There was a lot of talk from people that it was a dangerous fight, that I was in over my head and that he was going to run me over, but I was never worried about that,” Moreno said of his fight against Darchinyan.
“I was always very confident in my skills. Once I stepped into the ring, I was very comfortable and I was very confident that I could outbox him and beat him clearly,” he added.
Moreno will defend his title anew against David De La Mora this weekend in Texas, but is already considering to move up to the super bantamweight division should he be successful.
Donaire is ranked 4th in The RING Magazine’s pound-for-pound ratings. He won the WBO superbantamweight belt with a split decision victory over Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. last February.
Donaire has said that he wants to fight four times in 2012. He is reportedly going to make his first title defense on July 14 at the Cowboys Stadium against Mexican boxer Cristian Mijares, though his manager has yet to make an official announcement regarding the fight.