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Thursday, November 8, 2012
Updated: November 9, 4:38 AM ET
Five keys for Abner Mares

By Bernardo Pilatti
ESPNdeportes.com

Mexico's Abner Mares (24-0-1, 13 KOs ) will be defending his junior featherweight belt this coming Saturday against Panama's Anselmo Moreno (33-1-1, 12 KOs) at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, in one of the most difficult fights of his career. Mares, who won the vacant title in his first fight in the division, is the slight favorite to win.

Even though Mares is the more aggressive fighter, and has the heavier punching power, Moreno is a technical fighter with an enviable defensive technique.

Here are five keys to victory for Mares in this championship fight:

Bernardo Pilatti is a contributor to ESPNdeportes.com.