2001-07-28 Erik Morales w pts 12 In-Jin Chi, Staples Centre, Los Angeles, California, USA - WBC

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2001-07-28 Erik Morales w pts 12 In-Jin Chi, Staples Centre, Los Angeles, California, USA - WBC. Referee: Jose Cobian. Scorecards: 116-111, 117-110, 116-112. Taking the champion’s best punches for round after round without ever taking a backward step Chi (125½) proved mighty tough, but after Morales (126), his left eye swollen and cut, realised that it was going to be difficult to knock the Korean out and began to rely more on the jab, backed up by left hooks and left uppercuts to head and body, he put rounds in the bag. These were the obvious tactics for Morales, who also needed to protect his damaged features. However, after Morales was drawn into a war of attrition in the latter sessions when Chi climbed all over him in a desperate last throw of the dice, he was forced to retreat following another head clash before coming back to fight toe-to-toe through to the final bell.

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