Erik Morales will probably never be an elite fighter anymore, losing last night against average contender Danny Garcia proved this and more. Morales a fighter who’s best days as a fighter were at super featherweight has managed to fight toe to toe against quality jr welterweights late in his career, even after many thought he was done, considering he was blown away twice by Manny Pacquiao. He did compete for at least two thirds of the fight against a man 13 years younger and two divisions bigger than him. His skill level, one of the best of the past 20 years, reminded me of an old Roberto Duran outboxing bigger fighters (Iran Barkley comes to mind) just by utilizing his arsenal of experience. Some of the bigger blows Morales connected rocked the bigger man, and this tells you more about the quality of these boxers than the power Erik brings.
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If you are Sergio Martinez, Middleweight champion of the world, you are trying to make a case that you belong in the ring with the elite in boxing, even though he is the elite. Even though he is without a doubt one of the top fighters in the world and the linear champion in one of boxing’s original eight divisions, he still has to win a place in line to fight son of the legend Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. As good as Jr. is he’s nowhere near the fighter he needs to be in order to challenge the real king in the division. I’m one of the few that believes that young Chavez has some talent and could develop in to a real champion, I can see some of the moves that his dad had, and he definitely delivers the body punch as his father did. On the other hand we have Martinez a fast boxer puncher that hits like a mule. With the exception of Kelly Pavlik, he has knocked out all the fighters he has faced since he became champ. The way he’s dispatched his last three opponents is the way a real champion takes care of business. I’m not saying he’ll have an easy fight with the bigger younger fighter, but he should take care of him at this point in their careers. Now Boxing works in a different way that other sports, ranking systems can be manipulated and are somewhat tendencious, just ask Jose Sulaiman. Dealing with this means you have to make a name out of yourself before thinking of challenging the most popular boxers and make the real dough. Read the rest of this entry