Morris East

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Name: Morris East
Hometown: Olongapo City, Zambales, Philippines
Birthplace: Olongapo City, Zambales, Philippines
Stance: Southpaw
Height: 168cm
Pro Boxer: Record

Morris East's 11th round knockout victory over Akinobu Hiranaka was named Ring Magazine Knockout of the Year for 1992. At 19 years old, East was the second youngest person to win a world light welterweight belt. Wilfred Benitez was the youngest at 17 years old.

East, born of a Filipina and black American U.S. Navy sailor, didn't meet his father until East became a world champion. Always wondering about his father, East traveled from the Philippines to the United States a month after winning his WBA belt in Tokyo.

A CNN Headline News reporting team located East's father living in a rundown, roach-and-rat-infested motel in Oakland, California. East's emotional meeting with his father was broadcast around the world. Father and son had not ever met before East was born because: "In those days (1973 Vietnam-War era) when the Navy says to ship out, that what you had to do," said East's father, Morris East Sr. He claimed to have always wondered about East and his mother. But lost contact with the mother and son, after being adversely discharged from the Navy when the ship he was assigned to returned to its U.S. Naval port.

East improved his father's living condition. But the father, suffering from bad health, died of a massive heart attack a few months later.

In East's post-boxing life, he resides in Manila, Philippines, where he is a wealthy entrepreneur, boxing manager and trainer. He also trains boxers in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he is assisting ex-light-heavy world champion, and now popular trainer, Eddie Mustafa Muhammad in the training of many top-ranked boxers, including Chad Dawson.

Career Factoids

  • Finished career with a record of 1-1 (1 KO) in World Title fights.
  • Finished career with a record of 1-1 (1 KO) against former or current world titlists.
  • Finished career with a record of 2-2 (2 KOs) in fights outside his native Philippines.

Regional & Minor Titles

  • Philippines Games & Amusement Board (GAB) Light Middleweight Title (May 1995)
  • OPBF Light Welterweight Title (February 1992 - 1992)

World Titles

  • WBA World Light Welterweight Title

Awards & Recognitions

Preceded by:
Akinobu Hiranaka
WBA Light Welterweight Champion
1992 Sep 9 – 1993 Jan 12
Succeeded by:
Juan Martin Coggi