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. However, with little in it at the finish 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, being too one-dimensional, whereas Morales, who landed the harder punches in what little action there was, deserved the win on that basis.