April 10, 2011 by staff
Erik Morales, In a fight almost no one expects the slugger away, Argentina’s Marcos Maidana clung to capture a majority decision against the aging of the Mexican legend Erik Morales in a fight of some of the candidates night of the year Saturday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Maida took home the vacant World Boxing Association (WBA) super lightweight interim title victory. Morales (51-7), who earlier in his career he had fought memorable trilogies Hall of Fame talents like Marco Antonio Barrera and Manny Pacquiao, he retired for almost three years at the age of 30, fought bravely during the Most of the fight with one eye. His right eye began swelling in the first round, and at the end of the fight was a large swollen mass that covered the entire eye.
Judge Dick Houck scored it -114, while judge Jerry Roth and Adelaide Byrd scored 116-112 in favor of Maida, the 6-1 favorite in future that dominated the early rounds was in the middle rounds ouboxed then came the strong the last two rounds of the -round bout at the Grand Garden Arena.
Whenever Maida, 27, seemed to take control of the fight, Morales, 34, using the skills sharp ring in the Hall of Fame worthy career that began when he was in 1993, defended and swinging while much less was more accurate, connecting more than 50%.
Maidana (30-2, 27 KOs) landed 38 blows of Morales, but threw 457 more. Maiden went to the body much more often than Morales, landing body shots 69 and 21 to Morales.
“We wanted a strong fight like this and I trained to win,” said Maida. “Actually, Morales is a good fighter, a strong fighter and can continue his career, because it will do well.”
Maidana knew the fight was close towards the end, but he thought he had won. “The fight was close. But I went into the final round to win. I was trying to win from the start, but really what pushed the final,” he said.
Maidment said the technique of Morales and the speed was difficult to overcome. “It’s very fast, very fast,” said Maida.
Morales, who sought to become the first Mexican to win titles in four weight divisions, said at first thought he might have won Maidana a close fight, but said later in the interview that he felt he won ringside and wanted a revenge. Maidment agreed verbally to one, saying: “Revenge can be anytime, even tomorrow.”
“I think I won the fight. I felt I landed the better shots,” Morales said. “I had better speed and the speed and I have something called dignity and heart.”
At the billboard, Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (01/01/1929, KOs) outslugged Australian Michael Katsidis (27-4) to win the interim WBA and WBO lightweight. Guerrero won almost all the 12 rounds the three judges.
And in the most surprising result of the night, the career of James Kirkland rapid rise was derailed when he was removed from the ranks of unbeaten after being knocked down three times in the first round against lightly regarded Japan Nobuhiro Ishida fight.
The referee Joe Cortez stopped the bout a half after the fall in the third as Kirkland fell to 27-1, KOs). Ishida improved to 06/02/1923, with 8 knockouts.
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