That Philly Left Hook Again - Garcia Wins in 4
Danny Garcia vs Erik Morales WBA and WBC Light Welterweight Titles
Danny Garcia can now be added to the candidates for Fighter Of The Year as he easily dismantled Mexican legend Erik Morales (139.2lbs) in 4 one sided rounds at the New Barclay's Centre in Brooklyn New York. The champion defending his title for the 2nd time started the 1st round slowly although he was pushing Morales back with the jab and occasional right hand. Morales in his 61st fight was having the odd success catching the champion moving in but this was as good as it got for the ageing former 4 weight champion.
In their 1st fight Garcia admitted he gave the Mexican far too much respect. This time Garcia (139.8lbs) after that 1st round went after Morales landing some huge right hands followed by hurting body shots. Morales best moment in the round came early as he opened with a nice left - right combo. Midway through the 3rd round it was becoming apparent that Morales was beginning to weaken, maybe from those body shots delivered by Garcia. The champion then began to drive Morales to the ropes landing powerful looking right hands. Morales instantly looked old but worse was to come as a big right hurt him that badly with 5 seconds to go in the round that it made Morales walk to the. wrong corner.
During the one minute breaks Garcia's father was instructing his son to go to the body , the perfect fight plan against somebody that has struggled to make weight and who had well documented drug testing issues before the fight. Garcia continued to dominate in the 4th. Morales began to look very tired as Garcia fired lefts and right to the body. This made Morales hold on. The Philly resident then went for the kill stepping in with his punches catching Morales at will. The end came at 1.23 when a quick flurry of punches by Garcia ended with a massive left hook. Morales hit the canvas HARD, half his body went out of the ring. This prompted the Mexicans corner man to the enter the ring although referee Benjy Esteves had already waved it off as Morales was in no condition to continue.
Garcia will now move forward to bigger fights in the talent laden 140lb division. He improves his record to 25-0 16Ko's. Morales falls to 52-8 36Ko's and told the Brooklyn fans that this was his last fight in the USA . Morales also mentioned that he will have his farewell fight in home town Tijuana probably next year.
Fight Purses : Garcia $1m , Morales $350k