Morales becomes four-weight champion; Alvarez retains
Erik ‘El Terrible’ Morales is the new WBC light-welterweight champion after a punishing ten round fight with Pablo Cesar Cano at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
The 35 year-old started off slowly allowing Cano, 21, to get a foothold in the bout in the first two rounds. The Mexican legend then got into the fight in round three and hit the younger fighter with some hard right hands which visibly marked-up ‘El Demoledor’ around the left eye.
In the middle rounds, the swelling opened up a cut on the eyelid which affected Cano’s vision and Morales teed-off with some vicious combinations that Cano had no answer to. The end came after the tenth with the number twelve ranked fighter a bloody mess and with next to no vision out of his left eye to which Morales picked off at will.
Morales’ victory gives him his seventh world title and the title of the first Mexican to win four world titles in four weight-classes and further seals his already guaranteed place in boxing history
Also on the Star Power bill, Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez retained his WBC light-middleweight title with a sixth round stoppage win over a game Alfonso Gomez. The 21 year-old put the challenger down in the first with a slick body shot before picking and choosing his moments to attack and hurting the former TV star at his pleasure.
Alvarez rocked Gomez in the sixth round and immediately jumped on him with constant pressure until the referee Wayne Hedgpeth stepped in with Gomez looking shaken. The win is Alvarez’s second successful defence and takes his record to 38-0-1 with his 28th KO.