On Saturday night one of the most legendary Mexican fighters of the last decade took center stage, as Erik Morales (52-8, 36KOs) took on young rising star Danny Garcia (23-0, 14 KOs) in a clash of Jr. Welterweights.
Morales looked sharp in the opening round as he countered a jab with an overhand right. Garcia ate a stiff jab from Morales and answered with a hard 1-2 combo. Garcia ended the round well with a hard left hook as Morales couldn't connect with the power. Morales controlled the action in the second with his jab and combinations. Garcia was also landing but only with single shots as he awaited the counter from Morales. In the third Garcia used his own jab to control the action as he landed a hard right hand that stunned the Mexican great.
In the fourth Garcia took some body shots and jabs but landed 2 good right hands at the end of the round. During the sixth Garcia had Morales against the ropes after landing a hard body shot followed by thudding left hooks. Morales showed a flash of what he once was as he stormed back into the action with quick exchanges at a dangerous pace. During the eighth Morales controlled the action with his jab once again followed by beautiful combinations. Garcia did come back strong at the end of the round with straight right hands instead of the looping hooks he was successful with earlier in the fight.
Morales threw his right hand with success in the tenth as he bloodied up Garcia's face. In the eleventh Morales controlled the action until Garcia landed a vicious left hook that dropped Morales. As Morales beat the count at seven, Garcia brought the fight to him once again landing hard combos. Morales slouched against the ropes and survived the round as Garcia looked but failed to finish it.
In the twelfth Garcia took his foot off the gas pedal, knowing he had the fight in the bag. Garcia's hand was raised as he won a close but unanimous decision. This will surely shoot Garcia's stock up in the 140lb division.
Morales still proved that he is indeed one of the few warriors left in the sport that can captivate our attention. Whether he continues to fight or not, hats off to "El Terrible". Good showing old man.
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