This Saturday from the Reliant Arena in Houston, Texas legendary WBC Junior Welterweight Champion Erik Morales (52-7 with 36 KOs) will defend his title against undefeated challenger Danny Garcia (22-0 with 14 KOs).
This will be the second undefeated challenger in a row that Morales will have faced subsequent to his surprisingly successful comeback after a 2 ½ year layoff following four losses in a row (two by knockout against all time great Manny Pacquiao). After the second stoppage loss to Pacquiao, mostly everyone in the boxing world were of the belief that Erik was shot and would never be a force again at the elite level.
It is truly amazing that despite the fact that Morales turned pro in March of 1993 at the age of 16 and has been in more wars than Audie Murphy, he is still fighting at a high level in 2012 at the age of 35! The 2 ½ year layoff was the smartest thing that Morales could have done considering the multiple concussions he received throughout his legendary career, especially against Barrera and Pacquiao. His brain and body were in desperate need of a prolonged break from blunt force trauma.
After three comeback victories over non-descript opposition, Morales stepped into the ring a huge underdog against the WBA Interim Junior Welterweight Champion at the time Marcos Maidana who was 29-2 at the time and was also making a name for himself as one of the sport’s greatest warriors. Surprisingly...
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