2001-02-17 Erik Morales w pts 12 Guty Espadas Jr, MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBC

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2001-02-17 Erik Morales w pts 12 Guty Espadas Jr, MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBC. Referee: Jay Nady. Scorecards: 115-113, 116-112, 116-112. Having given up the WBC junior featherweight title after beating Marco Antonio Barrera in 2000, Morales (125) was installed as favourite to win this one, but there was little in it at the finish and if the champion had only upped his work rate the result could have been different. Although Espadas (124½) took the fight to Morales he never pressured his fellow Mexican enough and was too one-dimensional, whereas Morales landed the harder punches in what little action there was and possibly deserved the win on that basis.