ANSELMO MORENO DECLINES LEO SANTA CRUZ; WILL WAIT FOR KOKI KAMEDA
Press Release: WBA bantamweight super champion Anselmo Moreno (34-2-1, 12 KOs) of Panama and his long-time advisor, Sampson Lewkowicz, say they have no objections to WBA bantamweight regular champion Koki Kameda's request for an interim fight, provided he and Moreno have their mandatory fight later this year or early in 2014. "The WBA gave us 30 days to negotiate with Kameda Promotions to arrange the mandatory fight between Moreno and Kameda, but Kameda has requested an interim fight before he faces Moreno," explained Lewkowicz, "we will agree to not interfere with that request, provided the fight is arranged in good faith for December or January. Lewkowicz hopes Moreno will face Kameda (the 12th defense of Moreno's title) at the Megapolis at the Hard Rock Hotel in Panama City. However, the fight could be subject to purse bids, so there is no guarantee. "Next up for Moreno is the Kameda fight. That is our direction we have decided," continued Lewkowicz. "We appreciate the kind offer to fight Leo Santa Cruz, made by... Golden Boy Promotions to the management of Anselmo "Chemito" Moreno, however, Golden Boy needs to understand that this offer is not acceptable because we need to honor the mandate of the WBA and face Koki Kameda."