“I like the pressure. Bring the fight to me!” Four-time world champion, Carina Moreno’s (20-1, 6 KO’s) punishing, straight-ahead style lends itself to exciting matches, and she moves up to 112 pounds for the first time in an eight round non-title bout this Friday at the Tachi Palace Casino in Lemoore, California as she battles Sharon Gaines (11-11-1, 3 KO’s). Moreno gets frustrated by fighters who do not engage and faced frustration again when her original opponent, Wendy Rodriguez, pulled out due to injury. According to Carina, this is the seventh time a fight with Rodriquez has fallen through.
“It’s disappointing that I won’t be able to fight Wendy,” said Moreno in a press release. “I was really looking forward to that bout. She’s the only person that’s put a blemish on my record and I wanted to avenge that loss.” Moreno expects a challenge nonetheless and will bring an improved defense and better body attacks to Gaines. Carina has added several pounds of muscle weight, and she believes this will be a good test in a heavier division. “Before I am finished, I want to win championships in the 108 and 112 pound classes, too,” Moreno said.
Moreno looks to extend her twelve-fight winning streak on Friday night and knows her maturity and ring experience give her every chance to win. Her only two words of advice for any future opponent she faces? “Don’t run!”