2004-11-27 Marco Antonio Barrera w pts 12 Erik Morales, MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBC

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2004-11-27 Marco Antonio Barrera w pts 12 Erik Morales, MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBC. Referee: Kenny Bayless. Scorecards: 115-113, 114-114, 115-114. This was third fight between deadly rivals and was always going to be a close one. Slightly favoured prior to the contest getting underway, Morales (130) tried to gain control from the outside but found Barrera (129½) always looking to get inside where he could fire in uppercuts from both hands and it was a left uppercut which broke the champion’s nose in the second round. With every round bitterly contested it was often difficult to score, but coming into the penultimate session it appeared that Morales needed to up his work rate if he was going to get anything out of the fight and he did just that. Showing added urgency he ripped into Barrera during the final two sessions and although the latter refused to give way the champion scored maximum points, but it still was not enough.