2004-02-28 Erik Morales w pts 12 Jesus Chavez, MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBC
2004-02-28 Erik Morales w pts 12 Jesus Chavez, MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBC. Referee: Vic Drakulich. Scorecards: 118-108, 117-109, 115-112. Having been stunned in the opening round the challenger regrouped to drop Chavez (130) twice in the second before the contest turned into a war of attrition with neither man prepared to back down. Although both fighters were injured early on, Chavez damaging his right shoulder and Morales (130) his right hand, the action never slowed. The fourth session saw more damage inflicted when both were cut over their eyes, Chavez on his left side and Morales on the right. It was still exceptionally hard, each round being keenly contested, but as it wore on the quality was coming from Morales who duly became a three-time champion.