On Saturday night, March 27, 2010, Erik “El Terrible” Morales, the last man to defeated the current pound-for-pound boxing king, Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, makes his comeback against Jose Alfaro. Morales last stepped into the ring in 2007 when he lost a close decision at lightweight to then WBC champion David Diaz.
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Morales announced his retirement after failing to capture a title in a fourth weight class, to this day no Mexican has held four weight division belts. Morales still believes he can win a fourth weight division title, and has what it takes to compete at welterweight. Erik Morales also dreams of facing Manny Pacquiao for a fourth time, having beat Pacquiao the first time, Morales lost the two following rematches to the Filipino slugger by stoppage.
Erik Morales had this to say at the pre-fight press conference:
“I want to thank everyone who has supported us for this fight. I’m ready. I had a lot of preparation and I’m ready to fight again. I think two-and- a-half years of rest were enough. I have a lot of energy and will go back in the ring with a high level.”
“I know I have a strong rival. It was motivating to train with great gusto and indeed everyone will see a big fight this Saturday at the Arena Monterrey.”
Jose Alfaro’s comments at the pre-fight press conference:
“I’m calm, relaxed, and just waiting for the moment to show how I can fight. That’s what we used on my team and I hope everything goes well. Honestly, there is no pressure on me, just the desire to win. I think I’m with someone who was as great as Erik Morales, but beating someone like him will be an important part of my career.”
“Morales is the logical favorite because of his experience and victories over fighters like Manny Pacquiao. He had big fights with Marco Antonio Barrera and many more, but I come with the desire to succeed. I had sufficient time to prepare and you’ll see on Saturday.”
MAIN EVENT – 12 ROUNDS: WBC INTERCONTINENTAL WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
ERIK “El Terrible” MORALES JOSE “Jicaras” ALFARO
Former 3-Division World Champion Former WBA Lightweight Champion/WBC #13
Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico Nagarot, Nicaragua
48-6 (34 KOs) 23-5 (20 KOs)
CO-FEATURE – 12 ROUNDS: WBA LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE ELIMINATOR
HUGO HERNAN “Pigu” GARAY CHRIS “Hard Hittin’” HENRY
Former WBA Light Heavyweight Champion Former NABF, NABA, USNBC & IBA Intercontinental Champion
WBA #3/2000 Argentinean Olympian WBA #4
Tigre, Buenos Aires, Argentina Houston, Texas, USA
32-4 (17 KOs) 24-2 (19 KOs)
10 ROUNDS : SPECIAL HEAVYWEIGHT ATTRACTION
DAVID “Nino” RODRIGUEZ DANIEL BISPO
NABA Heavyweight Champion/WBA #13 1996 Brazilian Olympian
El Paso, Texas, USA Sao Paulo, Brazil
32-0 (30 KOs) 22-12 (16 KOs)
6 ROUNDS: LIGHT MIDDLEWEIGHTS
ABRAHAM “Abie” HAN ULISES “Tremendo” DUARTE
El Paso, Texas Tlalnepantla, Mexico
8-0 (7 KOs) 19-15 (17 KOs)
(all fights and fighters subject to change)
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