Undefeated Danny Garcia (25-0-0, 16 knockouts) successfully defended the WBA and WBC light-welterweight titles on Oct. 20, knocking out Erik Morales (52-9-0, 36 knockouts) during the fourth round of their encounter at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Morales didn’t go down without a fight, and he landed his share of punches during the first few rounds. However, it was pretty clear Morales is no longer the same man who defeated fighters like Manny Pacquiao in his prime. “El Terrible” didn’t have any spring in his step, and his reflexes didn’t look sharp either. It eventually caught up to Morales during the fourth round, when Garcia finished him off with a vicious left hook that landed flush.
“In the first fight, I showed him too much respect,” Garcia told Jim Gray shortly after the fight. “I was letting him back me up, and I was just trying to counter and catch him at the end of his shots. This time, I wanted to press the action behind my jab, and set my big punches up.”
Disappointed with his performance, Morales remained gracious in defeat, revealing that he would no longer compete in the U.S.
“First of all I want thank the crowd,” Morales said after the fight. “I was prepared to win this fight, but I couldn’t do it. I want to thank the crowd for all their support over the years. This is my last fight in the United States.”
Morales plans to have one last fight in Tijuana, Mexico before retiring.
With another win under his belt, Danny Garcia couldn’t be any happier with the way his career is going right now, and he made it clear that he’s willing to fight the best.
“You know me, I never ducked anybody… I fight the best, that’s why I’m here,” Garcia added. “You want them [WBC and WBA light-welterweight titles], you gotta come get them. It ain’t gonna come easy though.”
Earlier in the night, Paulie Malignaggi, escaped with a controversial split-decision against Pablo Cesar Cano (I scored the fight 115-113 Cano). Peter Quillin captured the WBO middleweight title with a unanimous decision victory against Hassan N’dam — sending the latter to the canvas six times. And Devon Alexander secured the IBF welterweight title with a unanimous decision victory against Randall Bailey.
David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.