Inside Fights » Erik Morales http://insidefights.com Inside Fights has world-class coverage of Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing combat sports including news, live event coverage, audio podcasts, exclusive interviews and commentary. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:25:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 Inside Fights has world-class coverage of Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing combat sports including news, live event coverage, audio podcasts, exclusive interviews and commentary. Inside Fights no Inside Fights has world-class coverage of Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing combat sports including news, live event coverage, audio podcasts, exclusive interviews and commentary. Inside Fights » Erik Morales http://insidefights.com/wp-content/plugins/powerpress/rss_default.jpg http://insidefights.com Another Featherweight Golden Age for Boxing? http://insidefights.com/2013/03/03/another-featherweight-golden-age-for-boxing/ http://insidefights.com/2013/03/03/another-featherweight-golden-age-for-boxing/#comments Sun, 03 Mar 2013 19:00:05 +0000 http://insidefights.com/?p=109649 What seems like many years ago, the featherweight division underwent a “golden age” or what soccer/football fanatics would call a “golden generation.” The names are royalty: Manny Pacquiao, Juan Manuel Marquez, Marco Antonio Barrera, Erik Morales. Then there are the boxers who are connected to them: all-action New Yorker, Kevin Kelly, the flamboyant “Prince” Nassem Hamed, United States Olympian Rocky Juarez, Mexican tough-guy Orlando Salido (whom Marquez beat) and still-undefeated Indonesian Chris John (48-0-2; who beat Marquez). They all fought each other (except for Marquez and Morales). All the fights were terrific. It was a time when no one cared that these men weighed less than a meal at Peter Luger’s Steakhouse. All that mattered was that these fighters would be in the squared circle together. If that was the case, fight fans were either going to fight or making damn sure the fight was on their television. Those were the days…

Actually, the last time one of those fighters fought at 126 pounds was when Marquez knocked out Jimrex Jaca in November, 2006. That was a little over six years ago. It is just too soon to be in the midst of another “golden generation.” Or is it?

In 2011 and 2012, Salido faced Puerto Rican star Juan Manuel Lopez (32-0) and he beat him in two hellacious slug fests. Salido followed that up a little less than a month ago by taking on Miguel Garcia (31-0) of the famed Garcia Boxing Academy of Oxnard, California. Trained by 2011 trainer of the year and his brother, Robert Garcia, Garcia is a technically sound fighter with a sharpshooting offense and good power. In the bout against Salido, he knocked down the Mexican tough-guy (who Marquez and Robert Guerrero could not drop and whom Yuriorkis Gamboa only dropped twice in the 12th round and Lopez only dropped once in two fights) four times before winning a technical decision. Stated otherwise, Garcia is the real deal.

Speaking of the Garcia Boxing Academy, Robert Garcia has a pupil called the “Mexican Russian,” Evegeny Gradovich (16-0). He is called the “Mexican Russian” because he does not fight in the stereotypical European “stand-up” style popularized by the Klitschkos, Felix Sturm and others. Rather, he is a pressure fighter who goes to the body very well. Despite being labled “green” by ESPN boxing analyst and noted trainer Teddy Atlas, Gradovich was able to pressure and punch his way to a well-deserved decision victory against Australian resident and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson promoted Billy Dib (35-2). The same Dib who, a few years ago, was an unwatchable defensive fighter but has now re-invented himself into a come-foward offensive fighter. Indeed, in losing, Dib showed heart and a willingness to mix it up. According to reports, Dib has a rematch clause but it is not immediate. The bottom line is that both fighters raised their stock in a big way. This writer and most fans who saw the fight broadcast on ESPN2 would not object to a rematch.

Also this weekend, uber-prospect Gary Russell, Jr. (22-0) defeated another Russian, Vyacheslav Gusev (20-2). While it was a little surprising that Russell did not score a knock out, he was dominant. The fight was not competitive and that’s really all that needs to be said about this fight. Russell is the total package. He has a terrific amateur pedigree (although the Showtime hype machine which said he did not compete in the 2008 Olympics because he was “sick” needs to recognize that the real reason was that he failed to make weight), he has unreal hand speed, terrific fundamental skills and good power. That said, in the professional ranks, he has fought limited opposition. While this writer feels he would be extremely competitive, if not a favorite, against the top ten of the division, he needs to to fight those guys. To his credit, Russell did call out Lopez after his victory. To criticize, Russell is with Golden Boy Promotion and Al Haymon and Lopez is with Top Rank Promotions and those factions do not make fights with each other.

That said, Garcia, Gradovich, Russell, Lopez. And while Salido is moving up in weight, Lopez may stay in the division. WBC Featherweight titlist Daniel Ponce de Leon (44-4) will face former bantamweight titlist, current WBC junior featherweight titlist, action fighter and rising attraction Abner Mares (25-0-1) on the May 4, 2013 undercard at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada featuring Floyd Mayweather and Robert Guerrero. Ponce de Leon, while awkward is a huge puncher. Mares is a young, hungry, action fighter with an outgoing personality. The man who Ponce de Leon beat for the title, Johnny Gonzalez (53-8), is also around. Finally, Mares’ “potential” rival, Nonito Donaire (31-1), who is currently the WBO titlist at junior featherweight, will soon move up to 126 pounds. Donaire faces Cuban Olympian Guillermo Rigondeaux (11-0) in April and the winner will likely move up to greener pastures.

Promotional differences aside: Donaire, Mares, Garcia, Russell, Ponce de Leon, Gonzalez, Gradovich, Lopez. Additionally, there are rising prospects such as hard punching and interim WBA titlist Javier Fortuna (21-0) and Ronny Rios (20-0). That is a great line up. John has alleged that he will only fight against limited opposition in his Indonesian homeland but if the money could lure him back to US, he would be a welcome addition to this excellent cadre of featherweights. If the fights are made, we may have another “golden generation” of featherweights.

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The talk coming out of Star Power was the controvesial ending to Floyd Mayweather’s bid to reclaim his old WBC Welterweight Title from new champion Victor Ortiz. After three rounds of effortless superiority Mayweather stepped on the gass in the fourth round, putting together unusually aggressive and impactful combinations as he opened up in an attempt to knockout the overmatched champion. Ortiz responded by trying to make the fight ugly, pushing Mayweather up against the ropes and deliberately headbutting ‘The Professor’. The clear foul necessitated a break in the action with referee Joe Cortez deducting a point from Ortiz. However a botched restart from Cortez saw the referee call for action but turn his back to the fighters while talking to the timekeeper. He therefore missed Mayweather responding to a third attempt by Ortiz to apologize by hugging him with a right hand/left hook combination that first stunned then floored the champion. Ortiz could not get back to his feet and so gave Mayweather his first finish since he came back from retirement.

Elsewhere on the card, Erik Morales became the first four-weight world champion from Mexico after stopping Pablo Cesar Cano in the tenth while Saul Alavrez knocked out Alfonso Gomez in the sixth. However all the talk was about Floyd Mayweather, particularly after he had a heated confrontation with veteran commentator Larry Merchant.

 

 
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Action Heroes: Marcos Maidana vs. Erik Morales Live Results and Play by Play http://insidefights.com/2011/04/09/action-heroes-marcos-maidana-vs-erik-morales-live-results-and-play-by-play/ http://insidefights.com/2011/04/09/action-heroes-marcos-maidana-vs-erik-morales-live-results-and-play-by-play/#comments Sat, 09 Apr 2011 22:15:10 +0000 http://insidefights.com/?p=95101  

After a week of building anticipation tonight finally sees the first big boxing pay per view of the year with HBO and Golden Boy presenting Action Heroes headlined by Argentine puncher Marcos Maidana taking on Mexican legend and surefire first ballot Hall of Famer Erik Morales. A stacked card also fan favorite warriors Michael Katisdis and Robert Guerrero square off

Our live event coverage begins at 9pm ET when the show goes live on HBO PPV.

Paulie Malignaggi vs. Jose Cotto

Round One

Malignaggi starts out with the jab. Cotto hurts him with a left hand, Cotto is stocky but looks the more powerful man. Malignaggi outthrowing but Cotto can just walk through and land big shots. Cotto lands three good punches, Malignaggi is looking very punchable with little head movement. Malignaggi gets some shots in on the body. Cotto goes close with an uppercut. Malignaggi getting some good jabs in but Cotto fires back with punches of his own. Bad round for Malignaggi who despite staying busy was just getting hit too often. 10-9 Cotto.

Round Two

Malignaggi just cannot pick out the left hand of Cotto, with a big punch catching him yet again. Cotto is able to just stalk Malignaggi down due to Paulie’s lack of punching power. Malignaggi starting to do a bit better as he works the jab from the outside, with Cotto reduced to lunging in. Couple of good upstairs-downstairs flurries towards the end from Malignaggi ingites the fight with Cotto firing back with a nice right hand. Fun fight. 19-19.

Round Three

Cotto catches Malignaggi off balance with a left hand and there’s then a strange situation as Malignaggi gets his boot caught in the ropes and needs to call a timeout to get it back on. Malignaggi just outworking Cotto at the moment with his pitta-patta punches but Cotto clearly is the one in the fight with the power. Cotto gets a good left hook. Malignaggi’s speed is giving him the edge at the moment but Cotto fires in with a crunching body shot. 29-28 to Malignaggi.

Round Four

Malignaggi is looking pretty comfortable now, content just to work Cotto over with the jab while staying at of range for Cotto’s power punches. Cotto briefly traps him in the corner and gets some body punches in, but Malignaggi quickly ecapes. Malignaggi really is dominant now with his jab looking great. 39-37

Round Five

Fight’s in something fo a rut as Malignaggi has all the time and space he needs to pick apart Cotto. Malignaggi is just outworking a sluggish Cotto who is moving forward in straight lines and not putting Paulie under any sort of pressure. Cotto needs to become more urgent but there’s no evidence he’s going to kick into gear. A clash of heads opens up a cut on Malignaggi although it doesn’t look too serious. Cotto got a couple of punches in towards the end but another round for Malignaggi. 49-46

Round Six

Paulie Malignaggi jabs at Cotto from range. Is caught with a couple of hard punches by Cotto. Rinse, repeat. But the action does pick up in the second half as a cut opens up above Malignaggi other eye which seemingly unsettles Paulie. This gives Cotto the chance to come back into the fight and land some good shots but not enough to take the round. 59-55

Round Seven

Malignaggi seems a more comfortable after a mini-scare in the previous round as he’s able to box his natural game. He has however slowed down which allows Cotto to connect with some good punches but Cotto isn’t putting combinations together as needed. 69-64

Round Eight

Better round from Cotto who traps Malignaggi at the very beginning of the fight and reopens the cut above his right eye. Cotto still being overly plodding with his footwork but is able to get some nice looking body punches in as Malginaggi slows down. Malignaggi is able to work his jab but isn’t showing the same explosive handspeed that he did in bursts earlier on. Cotto lunges in wih some solid left hands as the round ends. 78-74

Round Nine

Malignaggi still looking comfortable working Cotto over with the jab, although manages to trip up over the ropes. Traps Cotto against the ropes and showboats while teeing off on Cotto. 88-83

Round Ten

Aggressive start from Cotto who seeks to connect with a big hook. Cotto certainly hunting Malignaggi with more urgency but just isn’t fight smart enough to cut the ring off and trap Malignaggi. Malignaggi is happy to just retreat whenever Cotto advances, and Cotto has nothing to offer in return. 98-92. The judges give it 99-91, 99-91 and 93-97 all for Paulie Malignaggi.

Paulie Malignaggi defeated Jose Cotto via unanimous decision

In a truly awesome sight Erik Morales enters the arena with El Hijo del Santo!

James Kirkland vs. Nobuhihro Ishida

Round One

Well the Golden Boy prospect curse strikes again as Ishida destroys Kirkland in short order. After a scrappy start, Ishida drops Kirkland with a hook  to the American’s chin. Kirkland looks surprised to touch the canvass and is up quickly. Ishida is on the offensive and Kirkland looks all at sea with his legs having stiffened and his head clearly not yet cleared. Ishida drops him again after putting together a really good, long combination. Kirkland’s back on his feet but its just a matter of time. The end comes after Kirkland takes a sustained beating on the ropes – while Kirkland is able to get off he quickly falls victim to a right hand from Ishida. He drops like a shot in the center of the ring and the referee has seen enough at 1.52. Well that wasn’t meant to happen was it? Poor Golden Boy its Jacobs-Pirog all over again.  Kirkland gives a terrible interview afterwards where the crowd boos him as he disputes the referee’s call and calls the knockdowns ‘flash knockdowns’.

Nobuhihro Ishida defeated James Kirkland via knockout at 1.52 in the first round

WBA/WBO Interim Lightweight Title Match

Robert Guerrero vs. Michael Katisdis

Round One

So is the winner of this bout a unified champion? My god boxing titles are convoluted. Thet feel each other out for a while and then they exchange on the inside with heavy leather. Guerrero is landing the better of the punches, connecting with some really good left hands and right hooks from the center of the ring. Katisdis is reduced to rushing in with flurries that while eye-catching are clearly not the damage that Guerrero’s power punches are. Impressive first round. 10-9 to Guerrero.

Round Two

Guerrero again takes the center of the ring and is flicking the punches out with menance. Katisdis is coming with combinations to the body. Guerrero is working the jab well and is looking comfortable. And as write that Katisdis catches Guerrero with a hook for what should have been a knockdown but the referee doesn’t count. And now they exchaneg as both let their hands fly with a wonderful, furious exchange of leather. Guerrero’s head cleared impressively and he landed the better work throughout the round. 10-9 to Guerrero (should have been 10-9 to Katsdis but the knockdown wasn’t called). 20-18

Round Three

Guerrero really is dominating Katisdis with that left jab, using it as a platform to bring in a nice left uppercut and right hook. Katisdis drags him into a brief exchange on the inside but Guerrero again reestablishes himself. Guerrero is looking a cut above Katisdis as he just connects with wonderful combinations. 30-27

Round Four

Katisdis is just simply at bay thanks to the jab of Guerrero, he simply has no answer. Katisdis is taking tremendous punishment here as Guerrero just connects at will with real punches – for the first 90seconds I don’t Katisdis threw a single punch. Katisdis does start getting a threw shots in and then similarly hurts him Guerrero with a left hook. Katisdis later tags him with a left hand and they briefly get into another exchange on the inside. 40-36

Round Five

Guerrero is in control as he works Katisidis from distance. He then knocks Katisdis off balance with a straight counterpunch and swarms over the Australian as he goes for the kill. Wonderful sequence as Guerrero just picks his punches as tries to finish the tough Katisdis who can do nothing but survive on the ropes. Absolutely devastating and Katisdis face is badly marked up. A clear 10-8 round. 50-44

Round Six

Katisdis has been forced onto the back foot after the beating he recieved in the previous round. Guerrero is looking absolutely superb and is landing precision punches throughout. They exchange body punches at distance. This round is a notch below the first five as both fighters take a breather. Katisdis for one looks an absolute mess. Another round for Guerrero. 60-53

Round Seven

Katisdis  goes for it  at the start of the round but is unable to find the space to land anything meaningful. Katisdis tries to push forward but gets caught on the way in by Guerrero. The pace of the fight has certainly slowed with Guerrero seemingly focused on conserving energy during these middle rounds. Because of this lack of intensity in Guerrero’s game Katisdis is able to make the round ugly although Guerrero landed the better punches. 70-62

Round Eight

The story of the round is a terrible performance from the referee who penalises Katisdis a point after an accidental low blow despite no previous warnings. Katisdis then starts taking charge with an inspired change in tactics by starting to hit the body with crunching hooks to the body. The referee then bizarrely intervenes and penalises Katisdis for a low punch that simply didn’t exist. Katisdis then renews the assault and Guerrero is really struggling after being in control for most of the fight. Guerrero comes back with a great uppercut and then they exchange punches on the inside. Towards he end Katisdis pushes Guerrero back with more body shots. Katisdis’ round but sadly the two point deduction means that Guerrero actually gets more points from the round. 79-70.

Round Nine

That may have been the last throw of the dice for Katisdis as he’s back to being outboxed by Guerrero in the ninth. Both fighters looking very tired now but Guerrero has the tactics to keep Katisdis at bay. And then in another bizarre decision from the referee he penalises Guerrero one point for another imaginary low blow. Odd, very odd. 88-79

Round Ten

Guerrero is firmly back in control now as he picks apart Katisdis. Katisdis rushes in with lunging punches but Guerrero is able to move around the ring and away from Katisdis big punches with ease. Guerrero clearly looking to ride out a decision with only three rounds left. Katisdis lands several big left hands to illustrate the dangers of such an approach. In frustration Katisdis pushing Guerrero. 98-88

Round Eleven

Katisidis is looking to force the fight but Guerrero happy to tee off from a distance, connecting with nice jabs and goes close with a good uppercut. Guerrero is just connecting at will in the round with Katisdis again being nothing more than a sitting duck. 108-97

Round Twelve

Guerrero is destroying Katisdis landing crunching one-two combinations as he throws his punches with precision and power. Katisdis digs deep and puts together a really good flurry up against the ropes. Tremendous heart from the Australian. The fight has a grandstand finish with Katisdis coming forward and Guerrero closing proceedings with a couple of nasty straight punches that land clean. 118-106. The score is slightly misleading due to the missed knockdown and the unwarranted two point deduction but it was certainly a dominant performance from Katisdis. The judges have it 117-108, 118-106, 118-107 for Robert Guerrero. Really good performance from an impressive Guerrero who is surely destined for a shot at a legitimate world title in a third weight.

Robert Guerrero defeated Michael Katisdis via unanimous decision to win the WBA/WBO Interim Lightweight Titles.

Interim WBA Light-Welterweight Title Match

Marcos Maidana vs. Erik Morales

Round One

Big chants for Morales. Maidana starting aggressively, hoping to capitalise on the fact that Morales has been starting slower since his comeback. Maidana is bullying Morales already, punishing the body up against the ropes with big hooks. Maidana goes close with an uppercut. Morales is looking very slow and his punches are lacking snap. Morales gets some punches off from long range. Maidana coming inside at will, threatening with the uppercut repeatedly. Maidana is pushing Morales back far too easily, and the round ends with Maidana going to the body up against the ropes. 10-9 to Maidana and it looks like the sacrificing of a veteran that many said it would be when the fight was first made.

Round Two

Morales right eye is a mess – no cut but plenty of swelling. Maidana landing some good hooks to  the punches while Morales goes upstairs with some straight punches to the head. Morales puts together a good combination to the head of Maidana that pushes the Argentine back briefly. Morales lands a shot to the body of Maidana and it seems to hurt. Maidana comes back strong with some solid shots to the body and a big right hand but Morales isn’t bowed. Not a bad round for Morales but Maidana landed the better, harder punches. 20-18 to Maidana

Round Three

Maidana connects with a straight punch to begin the round. Morales trying to get the jab working, sneaking in some body shots. Maidana tries to bully his way inside but seems to lack his usual intensity. Morales is able to move around the ring away from Maidana, connects with a straight right. Maidana is continuing to stalk Morales and look to punish the body. Morales’ eye is pretty much closed. Morales is doing the right things but he just lacks explosiveness. Difficult round to score as Maidana was the more aggressive but didn’t land anything with any real quality. Probably Morales round, but only just. 29-28

Round Four

Morales is showing how he’s the better technical boxer, working with a certain smoothness that Maidana lacks. He’s also taking Maidana’s punches better than expected. Morales is working well from a distance and forces Maidana to adopt the type of roughhouse tactics that really shouldn’t be needed in what is designed to be a showcase fight. He gets caught rubbing his head into Morales eyes and later on connects with a low punch. Maidana is throwing more but he’s missing. Morales didn’t do much in the round but it was far better than the very poor fare served up by the Argentine. 38-38.

Round Five

Maidana throws caution to the wind and kicks it up gears as he tries to restamp his authority on the fight. Heavy punches being thrown by Maidana but incredibly Morales responds in kind, outslugging the dangerous puncher. What a performance this is from the veteran early on. Morales hurts Maidana with a straight punch and starts bossing Maidana with quality punches. Maidana is warned for punching on the counter and its looking like he’s punching heavy. Morales is looking comfortable as he picks apart Maidana with superior shot selection and handspeed. 48-47 to Morales

Round Six

Maidana tries to bully Morales to begin with but is struggling to hide the gulf in technique that exists between the two. Morales gets the jab working but Maidana lands the uppercut. Morales is looking really good boxing at a distance from Maidana. Maidana is surely sailing close to a points deduction with his roughhouse tactics. Morales is landing the crisper, cleaner shots while Maidana looks completely uncoordinated. Maidana gets a good right hand towards the end and a left hand. But then Morales responds with a flurry. Incredible stuff. 58-56

Round Seven

Morales has built a great platform to secure a legendary victory but given the problem with his eye and his age the next six rounds will be difficult for him to navigate. What will help with that is the lethgary of Maidana who’s by no means pushing  a fast pace, instead he’s just blodding foward trying to bully the Mexican. Morales is still producing the better work, pushing Maidana back with a good uppercut. Morales sets up a nice left hook with several unanswered jabs. Maidana is swinging and missing in response. Maidana puts some good work together towards the end of the round but again he’s missing more than he’s landing. 68-65

Round Eight

Morales catches Maidana with sweet left hook and Maidana is rocked, holding on for desperation. Maidana is looking very weak as he Morales hunts for the finish. Maidana lands some counters but Morales is proving capable of taking the best that Maidana can dish out tonight. This is remarkable. Maidana is able to regroup and push Morales back with some one-two combinations but Morales answers back with some work of his own. Maidana tries to punish Morales up against the ropes but the Mexican counters with a nice uppercut. More roughhouse tactics from Maidana, clearly trying to use his head. But at the moment Morales is doing the better work. 78-74.

Round Nine

Maidana pushes the action at the start of the ninth round and clearly hurts Morales, punishing Morales up against the ropes. A bad opener minute for Morales comes to an end when he’s able to connect with some smart jab as they exchange. Morales dominates the next minute of exchange as it looks like Maidana has punched himself out, Morales is just looking superb with his shot selection. Maidana comes back strong in the third round, and gets some punches in. Better from Maidana but he’s clearly struggling. 87-84.

Round Ten

Morales may be three rounds away from an astonishing victory. Maidana puts together some good one-two as he pushes Morales back. Morales fires back with combinations of his own, and connects with a thunderous left hand. Morales jumps in with a nice jab, which he follows up with another as Maidana holds. Morales is always moving forward in a remarkable performance, Maidana is falling back again. Maidana is swinging wildly again. Morales goes close with some overhand punches. This is all Morales. Just wow. 97-93

Round Eleven

Maidana comes back with good hooks to the body but Morales fires back with straight jabs down the pipe. Maidana lands a thunderous hook to the head of Morales and the veteran is looking in trouble for a moment. But Maidana just doesn’t have the gastank to sustain the pressure and Morales is able to again regroup and push the advantage. Morales targeting the body in ugly exchanges on the inside, as Maidana repeatedly punches on the break as he has all night. Maidana’s round as Morales tires. 106-103

Round Twelve

Maidana looks to finish the fight, starting aggressively but Morales is getting clean punches off in response. Maidana’s technical shortcomings have again been exposed as he all he has to offer is aggression. Maidana looking to punish the body of Morales but the veteran is keeping it together to get off nice jabs. Maidana is however outworking Morales in this round, with his body hooks looking good. Maidana pushes Morales up against the ropes and again works the body. Maidana gets a left hand and an uppercut in towards the end but even a final flurry doesn’t stop Morales hearing the final bell. 115-113 on my scorecard which ironically is what I believe I had for Khan-Maidana. Whatever happens the moral victory is Morales – after the derision that greeted his comeback he has put in a superb performance.  The judges scorecards are 114-114 and two for Maidana on scores of 116-112.Disagree with those scores but it was close.

Marcos Maidana defeated Erik Morales via majority decision to win WBA Interim Light-Welterweight Title



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Inside Fights “Up Too Late” Tonight at 12AM (Strikeforce, Marcos Maidana-Erik Morales) http://insidefights.com/2011/04/09/inside-fights-up-too-late-tonight-at-12am-strikeforce-marcos-maidana-erik-morales/ http://insidefights.com/2011/04/09/inside-fights-up-too-late-tonight-at-12am-strikeforce-marcos-maidana-erik-morales/#comments Sat, 09 Apr 2011 21:40:23 +0000 http://insidefights.com/?p=95103 Join the Inside Fights crew tonight for “Up Too Late,” recapping the evening’s hottest MMA and Boxing results. Shawn, Will and the guys will sit down to discuss “Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley”, boxing’s big offering “Marcos Maidana vs. Erik Morales”.

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Can Erik Morales Turn The Clock Back Against Marcos Maidana? http://insidefights.com/2011/04/08/can-erik-morales-turn-the-clock-back-against-marcos-maidana/ http://insidefights.com/2011/04/08/can-erik-morales-turn-the-clock-back-against-marcos-maidana/#comments Fri, 08 Apr 2011 22:25:17 +0000 http://insidefights.com/?p=95073 Despite losing his last fight to Amir Khan, Marcos Maidana is on a career high with his performance against the WBA Champion impressing everybody. In a dramatic fight Maidana was able to recover from being dropped in the first round to dominant the closing rounds and come close to ending the reign of ‘King’ Khan. Ironically while the victor Khan struggles to make a commercial success of his ‘homecoming’ fight against Paul McCloskey in the UK, Maidana takes centre stage against Erik Morales in the first big boxing pay per view of the year.

The rationale behind Morales’ return to the ring is something of a mystery with the former three-weight world champion having retired in August 2007 after going on a five-fight losing streak. Morales insists that the reasons for his return aren’t financial and that he simply wants to make history as the first Mexican to win world titles at four weights. At his best Morales was the very epitome of a fan favorite warrior, boasting of how he could only fight in the Mexican way as he would let it all hang out in classic, violent wars. He has however not looked his best since his return last year with all three comeback fights being against lesser a competition and featuring a Morales that looked both slower and less explosive than his irresistible best.

When Morales-Maidana was first made the reaction from most was nothing short of horror with most seeing it as nothing short of a mismatch. The consensus was clear; Maidana as a natural light-welterweight is too big for a Morales whose best days were at 122Ibs and 130Ibs, Maidana is somebody with the punching power and ability to get the better of Morales in any slugfest and given the form Morales has shown recently he may have the speed and energy to outwork the aging veteran.

And yet over the past week something has shifted; the revulsion has given way to excitement as slowly commentators and fans began to stop fearing and start hoping. The inspiration for this change has very much been the attitude with which Morales has approach the build up to the fight. Not only does he look in terrific shape but his prefight comments have shown the confidence he’ll need to pull off what many assumed was the possible. Talking with an engaging frankness he’s had convincing rationales for previous disappointments and has been loudly explaining how at 5ft 8inches and 72inch reach he’s more than competitive at the weight.

But if he’s to win he needs to fight smart. Yet another all-out brawl may excite fans but it would surely end in defeat for Morales; Maidana has a KO rate that is above 90% and came close to knocking out an Amir Khan that is younger, stronger and bigger than Morales when the Brit allowed himself to get drawn into a brawl. But if Morales can expose the technical deficiencies in Maidana’s game then he may just have a chance. Morales needs to use his experience to pressurize Maidana with movement, properly setting up his offensive flurries rather than just walking forward. Above all he needs to use that superior reach to get the jab working so forcing Maidana to fight with a high guard. If he can do that then he will create the space for the body shots with which Amir Khan nearly knocked the Argentine out early in their fight and Morales finished Willie Limond with in his last outing. It may not be the ‘Mexican way’ but it may just work.

On Saturday night Marcos Maidana enters the ring to face a surefire future Hall of Famer as the runaway favorite with odds makers pricing long the possibility of Erik Morales shocking the world. That says something about Maidana’s strengths but it says more about how a long, hard career has seemingly left Morales a shadow of his former strength. With so much in Maidana’s favor the boxing world will on Saturday night be worrying that the Mexican legend’s career is about to end in an unnecessarily violent and dangerous way. But increasingly one can’t help but wonder whether on then night Morales somehow finds a way to secure a remarkable victory.
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Marquez Fight Off, Erik Morales May Face Marcos Maidana http://insidefights.com/2011/02/08/marquez-fight-off-erik-morales-may-face-marcos-maidana/ http://insidefights.com/2011/02/08/marquez-fight-off-erik-morales-may-face-marcos-maidana/#comments Tue, 08 Feb 2011 23:25:26 +0000 http://insidefights.com/?p=93795 The long discussed fight between Mexican boxing legends Juan Manual Marquez and Erik Morales that had been scheduled to headline a April 9th Golden Boy Pay Per View is not happening with the promotion’s CEO Richard Schaefer saying that Marquez is exploring options elsewhere. After failing to make the fight with Marquez, Golden Boy is looking at pairing up Morales with Marcos Maidana. This fight may be for the WBA Regular Light-Welterweight Title with the expectation that current champion Amir Khan will be ‘elevated’ to Super Champion.
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Erik Morales To Face Jorge Barrios In December http://insidefights.com/2010/10/19/erik-morales-to-face-jorge-barrios-in-december/ http://insidefights.com/2010/10/19/erik-morales-to-face-jorge-barrios-in-december/#comments Wed, 20 Oct 2010 01:53:15 +0000 http://insidefights.com/?p=90741 Erik Morales will fight Jorge Rodrigo Barrios on December 18 in Tijuana, Mexico, according to Fightnews.com.

Erik Morales (50-6, 35 KOs) is 2-0 since returning to the ring after a two-and-a-half year layoff. He has held world titles in three different weight classes.

Jorge Rodrigo Barrios (50-4-1, 35 KOs) is a former super featherweight champion. Not only do both men have the same numbers of wins and knockouts, but both are 34 years old.
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Erik Morales Defeats Willie Limond http://insidefights.com/2010/09/12/erik-morales-defeats-willie-limond/ http://insidefights.com/2010/09/12/erik-morales-defeats-willie-limond/#comments Sun, 12 Sep 2010 04:01:10 +0000 http://insidefights.com/?p=89712 Erik Morales scored a 6th round KO of Willie Limond in the main event of the Mexican Fiesta pay-per-view event in Mexico City. Limond was down three times in the 6th round, all due to body shots. Morales earned his 50th career win, improving to a record of 50-6, 35 KOs.

On the undercard, Edgar Sosa stopped Ryan Bito in the 10th round of their flyweight bout. Sosa put Bito down twice in the 10th, with the second knockdown culminating in the end of the fight.
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Erik Morales vs. Willie Limond Weigh-In Results http://insidefights.com/2010/09/10/erik-morales-vs-willie-limond-weigh-in-results/ http://insidefights.com/2010/09/10/erik-morales-vs-willie-limond-weigh-in-results/#comments Fri, 10 Sep 2010 21:52:52 +0000 http://insidefights.com/?p=89629 Erik Morales returns to the ring tomorrow night, headlining a pay-per-view event from Mexico City. The action starts at 9pm ET. All fighters have weighed in and the results are as follows:

Erik Morales (143) vs. Willie Limond (143)
Edgar Sosa (112) vs. Ryan Bito (110)
Daniel Estrada (134) vs. Ray Sanchez (134)
Ana Maria Torres (114) vs. Alessia Graff (114)
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Erik Morales Press Conference Quotes http://insidefights.com/2010/08/18/erik-morales-press-conference-quotes/ http://insidefights.com/2010/08/18/erik-morales-press-conference-quotes/#comments Wed, 18 Aug 2010 06:46:12 +0000 http://insidefights.com/?p=88778 Erik Morales Press Conference Quotes

(All quotes translated from Spanish by Benny Ricardo)

With Mexican soccer star Rafa Marquez: “In my next fight I plan to use Rafa Marquez-like defense and the offense of (Thierry) Henry.”

On why Morales returned to the ring: “I’m not doing this for economic reasons. I’m not doing this for ego. I just want to come back and do it for the joy of boxing. Reporters want to write. The camera guys want to shoot. Because that’s what you do and that’s what you do best. Fighting is what I do best. Five years as an amateur, 16 years as a professional – this is what I do. Now I want to do it and enjoy it and do it my way.
“The reason why I’m coming back into the ring, being at 49 (wins) and wanting to get to that 50th win, which is a mark all great fighters have, that elusive 50th win.
I found the support with my family. I’m still a young man. I want to go out and do this and everyone. Some may think I’m crazy because you don’t get better as you get older. I’m a young man, but I’m experienced.”

On what fans will see on Sept. 11: “They’ll see a faster, stronger Erik Morales, who is absolutely going to rock the ring and have everybody say, ‘There he is, he never left.’”

On the importance of the date and fight card: “For me, the reason Sept. 11 is so important, this is about Mexican Independence, this is about the Mexican Revolution. It becomes so important in boxing because Mexicans have distinguished themselves in boxing more than any other sport and have produced more world champions and the greatness of the Mexican fighter is renowned. Now, all that comes together, in one night. This event is so big that it requires four promoters to come together and put this together.”
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