Danny Garcia Stops Legend Erik Morales

By: Gordie Tamayo
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What first circulated as an unnecessary rematch between a young rising star and future Hall of Famer at the end of his run, brewed up to be a grudge match that had to go on; even at the expense of turning heads from a failed test of a banned diuretic.

The young, undefeated Puerto Rican hailing from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Danny Garcia was entering the evening from back to back victories in taking Morales the distance as well as stopping Amir Khan and picking up his hardware. Still in a proving state, Garcia was looking to secure an impressive performance and display his reason for belonging in the top of the echelons of his division. It didn’t take any more than four rounds for him to accomplish that task.
Garcia came out very poised and not overconfident as Morales laid out a few solid shots to start the bout quicker than is usual for Garcia. The tension elevated as shots were traded in the opening rounds with Garcia landing the cleaner out of the two. His youth showed and he slowly began to expose Morales’s age with superior speed, power and reflexes as he countered with calculated precision.
As the third round went on it was clear the champion Garcia had new found self-confidence and belief as he bravely welcomed the legend to engage. Towards the end of the round the pace began to increase with Garcia cutting off the ring and continuing to time Morales, leading to Garcia landing a shot that dazed Morales just before the bell bringing signal that the inevitable was soon to come.
As Morales came off the ropes in a heated fourth round exchange and threw an overhand right, Garcia countered with a devastating overhand left that landed flush on the 5x former champion sending his body twisting almost completely around and through the ropes. Morales’s corner jumped on the apron before the referee had a chance to stop the fight and once the referee seen Morales was not getting up, the bout was called to a halt at 1:23 of the round.
Garcia retains his WBA, WBC and Ring Super Lightweight titles and improves to 25-0-16 KO while increasing his stock on the world market. When questioned his plans for the future Garcia was quick to answer, “Whoever wants it. I don’t duck anyone. They all want the belts so they can come get it. Its not going to be easy though”.
The post fight interview revealed a disappointed Morales 52-9-36 KO and news that he would plan on fighting one more time in Tijuana as his farewell bout. Hopefully it will be against someone older and with less power so that the legend may hang them up in peace with one final win on his record.

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