Erik Morales vs Danny Garcia II: El Terrible's Last Fight?Written by Sam Gregory
In this Saturday night's main event, broadcast live in the U.S. on Showtime, undefeated Danny Garcia (24-0 with 15 KO) will defend his light welterweight titles against 36 year old Erik "El Terrible" Morales (52-8 with 36 KO) in a scheduled 12 round rematch from the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, home of NBA's Brooklyn Nets.
Garcia won his first world title (WBC) when he defeated Morales by unanimous decision last March that was, according to media reports, a bout that didn't exactly draw rave reviews. But Garcia's fourth round stoppage of Amir Khan on July 14th did, however, boost Garcia's notoriety and help make him an overwhelming favorite in this fight.
In their first fight last March, Morales said gall bladder surgery, which postponed the fight from its original January date, was to blame for his poor conditioning. Morales looked out of shape for that fight, missing weight and looking pudgy, even for the light welterweight version of Erik Morales.
The Mexican star said if he can't beat Garcia Saturday night he'll leave the sport. "If I lose I will say goodbye to boxing. I'm in the home stretch of my career and I have the challenge of recovering my belt. It's an attractive confrontation and one that motivates me to prepare well."
Over his 19 year hall of fame career Erik Morales has given fight fans a lot to love about him. Morales has been part of some of the best rivalries with Marco Antonio Barrera and Manny Pacquiao and he's held titles at 122, 126, 130 and 140 pounds and fought in two RING Magazine Fights of the Year - 2000 and 2004.
Angel Garcia, who is the father and trainer of Danny Garcia said his son will be looking for the knockout Saturday night.
Angel also stated he would have preferred a different fight: "I would have preferred for him to fight against someone else, but Danny is a fighter who represents money at 140 pounds. We are willing to fight anyone at 140 pounds and other names had been mentioned like Zab Judah and Juan Manuel Marquez, but we understand Morales is a veteran with a name."
This is probably going to be the last fight in the hall of fame career of 36 year old Erik Morales. A couple days after his loss to Garcia in March Morales said he was "pondering retirement." He also said that Garcia was a "normal fighter, not a great fighter."
Morales stands a fine chance of retiring on a good note.
Sam Gregory has been a professional boxing writer since 2002 for publications such as BoxingTalk.com, Boxing Digest, EastsideBoxing.com The Cyberboxing Zone, StraightJab.com, boxingnews24.com and TheSweetScience.com. He has covered numerous fights and has interviewed some of the biggest names in the sport.
As a member of the International Boxing Research Organization, Gregory specializes in boxing history, and contributes regularly to that organization's quarterly publication. He is the author of numerous biographical articles about legendary fighters, classic match-ups, memorable boxing trilogies and other subjects.
He started covering live boxing matches for the website, "Boxingtalk" in February of 2002. The first live event he covered was the Bernard Hopkins-Carl Daniels fight on February 2nd, 2002 in Reading, Pennsylvania. He also wrote several boxing related articles, interviews with boxers and trainers for Boxingtalk.
Among some of the interviews he's done was an interview with Kermit Cintron when he trained at Kings Gym in Reading. He interviewed and wrote an article about the trainers of Wrecking Crew Boxing, Norm Bagi and Lenny De Jesus in New York City. Sam visited Norm and Lenny when they were working out of a gym in the Bronx to photograph them and some of the fighters they were training. 2 or 3 separate articles came out of that one visit, including interviews with and about foreign boxers coming to the U.S. He also wrote a profile for one of their female boxers from the U.K. in order to help obtain an athletes visa for her.
All together he covered about a dozen live events as a correspondent from February of 02' thru the following year, 03'.
The first article he published in Boxing Digest was in the October 02' issue. The article was with Bernard Hopkins at ringside and the questions Sam asked him about up-coming fights, his career, etc...
Sam had about seven more articles published in Boxing Digest until they folded in 2010. The other articles were interviews with fighters, match-ups for up-coming fights and an article about Lennox Lewis at the time of his retirement. The last article he wrote for Boxing Digest was a profile of Jose' Torres when he passed away in 2009.
Sam is a member of the International Boxing Research Organization and has written several articles for their quarterly publication along with participating in the pound for pound weight class ratings for their website. IBRO also held their own Hall-of-Fame voting this year which he also participated in.
He wrote articles and stories for The Sweet Science website from early 04' until the spring of 05'. He was paid in advance by TSS to write 20 articles of my choice about anything regarding boxing from a historical point of view. He wrote biographies, stories about great fight trilogies, match-ups, etc... The Sweet Science had him do an interview with Sharmba Mitchell in 2004 before his second fight with Kostya Tszyu. That interview was also posted on Showtime's website.
Since he wrote his first article for Boxingtalk in February 02', he had articles about upcoming fights, interviews with boxers, trainers and promoters, along with covering boxing matches on TV and live events. published on several boxing websites including, Eastsideboxing, StraightJab.com, BoxingInsider.com, The Cyberboxingzone, aneutralcorner.com and boxingnews24.com. He also had articles and letters published in Boxing Digest and KO magazines.