Erik Morales

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Erik Morales

Name: Erik Morales
Alias: El Terrible
Birth Name: Erik Isaac Morales Elvira
Born: 1976-09-01
Birthplace: Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
Hometown: San Ysidro, California, USA
Stance: Orthodox
Height: 5′ 8″   /   173cm
Reach: 72″   /   183cm
Boxing Record: click
Promoting Record: click

Manager and Trainer: Jose Morales

Erik Morales has proven himself to be one of this era's most exciting fighters time and time again. Legend has it, Morales was born in a boxing gym. His father, Jose, was a professional fighter himself. Morales quickly excelled in the sport and the amatuer ranks and desired to turn pro. At first, his father Jose, was strongly against the possibility. He knew just how difficult it was to be successful in such a brutal sport. Ironically, it was his mother who gave young Erik her blessing to box professionally. Morales would do well in the pro ranks. His first fight in the USA was against Jose Luis Torres caught the eye of a boxing manager who worked with Top Rank. The manager immediatly got Erik a deal with Top Rank promotions. From then on Erik would excel. He admitted to having a great difficulty making the 122 lb limit and in a recent KO magazine interview said he thought about moving up in weight in 1996 but decided to stay. He eventually fought Daniel Zaragoza for the WBC title and won stopping the old champion in 11 rounds. From then on would emerge a big challenege. Erik was to fight Junior Jones, a dangerous and accomplished fighter from Brooklyn. Jones' record coming into the bout was 44-3. He was coming off of a loss to Kennedy McKinney but was said to have been sharing traning camp with Evander Holyfield and was traning hard for this fight. Morales suprised everyone by stopping Jones in just 4 rounds. Erik would make a few other notable defenses in the next year, inlcuding beating former olympic silver medalist Wayne McCollough. On Feburary 19, 2000 Erik would begin one of boxing's most acrimonious and brutal rivalries against Marco Antonio Barrera. There had been nad blood for years between the two coming into thier fight. The fight proved to be one of the greatest fights in boxing history, both fighters brawled round after round. Morales did get the descision but most boxing fans vehemently disagreed. In fact, the WBO refused to give Morales thier title after he beat Barrera saying the descision was wrong. This would be Morales' last fight at 122. Morales would then move up to 126 pounds. He fought for the WBC featherweight title against Guty Espadas and won a descsision, although some fans also questioned the outcome of this fight. A bout between Erik Morales and Prince Naseem Hamed was discussed for years but unfortunatly with Hamed losing to Barrera this bout fell through. Following Barrera's victory over Naz, once again public interest grew tremedouesly for a rematch. the MAB-Morales rematch was set for June of 2002. Morales would sufer his first defeat in 42 fights but again there was a contraversial ending as most fans believed Morales deserved to win by the margin of 115-113. Erik went on to move up to 130 pounds and won titles thier against Jesus Chavez and Carlos Hernandez. Erik then fought MAB in a rubber match. many people questioned the rubbermatch as Barrera was coming off a terrible loss to Manny Pacquiao and many people thought he was a shot fighter with no chance. Barrera proved everybody wrong and beat Morales. This is the only Morales-Barrera bout where people generally dont question the outcome. A Pacquiao-Marquez rematch fell through because of Marquez demanding too much money and Bob Arum then offered Pacquiao the chance to fight another fighter of his, Erik Morales. The bout was a fans dream as both Morales and Pacquiao are crowd pleasers due to thier all-out styles. Pacuqiao was coming off a potential 2004 fight of the year with Juan manuel Marquez and Morales was as well with Marco Antonio Barrera. The Morales Pacuiao bout itself was a great fight with Morales winning by scores of 115-113. Erik then movied uo in weight to 135 pounds with the desire to be the first Mexican to win titles in four different weight classes. Erik lost to Zahir Raheem by wide margins. Morales is a contraversial figure outside the ring. He recently stated in KO magazine that Mexicans who live in the U.S.A. are not real Mexicans.