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Long-reigning bantamweight titleholder Anselmo Moreno moved up in weight for his last fight and challenged then-junior featherweight titlist Abner Mares in November at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Things did not go well for Moreno, who got knocked down and lost a lopsided unanimous decision.
But Moreno never vacated his bantamweight belt, leaving him with the option of returning to 118 pounds to continue defending his world title, which is what he will do when he meets fellow southpaw William Urina of Colombia on Aug. 10 at the Hard Rock Hotel in Panama City, Panama, promoter Sampson Lewkowicz announced Wednesday.
The 27-year-old Moreno (33-2-1, 12 KOs), who is from Panama, will be making his 11th title defense since winning the belt in 2008. The loss to Mares was Moreno's first since dropping a four-round split decision in his eighth pro fight in 2002.
"We are very happy to returning to such a beautiful place for a show that will be important around the world," Lewkowicz said. "'Chemito' Moreno is the best bantamweight in the world, and he is coming home to fight for the first time in two years. He is a superstar in his homeland of Panama, and I expect this fight to be the most important place to be in the country on Aug. 10."
Urina is getting his second opportunity to win a world title. In June 2011, he traveled to Argentina and lost a unanimous decision to junior bantamweight titlist Omar Narvaez of Argentina.
Also on the card, Oscar Escandon (22-0, 15 KOs), 28, a 2004 Colombian Olympian, will face former interim bantamweight titleholder Nehomar Cermeno (21-5-1, 13 KOs), 33, who is from Venezuela but lives in Panama City, for a vacant interim junior featherweight belt. Cermeno lost back-to-back split decisions to Moreno in 2010 bantamweight title fights.
In a third title bout on the card, female featherweight titlist Ogleidis Suarez (18-2-1, 8 KOs), 25, of Venezuela, will make her first defense in a rematch against Liliana Palmera (21-10-3, 15 KOs), 31, of Colombia. Suarez knocked out Palmera in their first meeting in October in Venezuela.