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Maidana beat five-time champion Erik Morales last night in Nevada
Posted Apr 10, 2011 by Weekend Round-Up
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Marcos Maidana last night claimed the WBA interim super-lightweight title beating five-time world champion Erik Morales last night on points. Maidana called it his toughest fight to date but said he trained longer and harder than ever before so he knew he was prepared.
Two of the judges deemed the outcome of the fight to be in favour of Argentinian Maidana, scoring the bout 116-112 and the other judge deemed it to be an even split with 114 points apiece.
Maidana entered the ring and came on strong, really dominating the older Morales in the opening rounds of the fight. By the end of round two, Morales was really suffering with a severely swollen right eye which he could barely open.
If the first few rounds were anything to go by, you would understand Morales being dubbed the underdog going into this fight – he looked like a dog far past his prime. As the fight progressed he showed the old dog still had some life in him rallying hard in the middle rounds to keep the fight close and the spectators on the edge of their seats.
Morales, when interviewed after the fight, said he thought he was the winner claiming to have landed much better punches. He said it definitely wasn’t a clean win for Maidana pointing out the speed and heart behind his fight last night. I’m not entirely sure if Morales was watching himself in a different fight or if that swollen eye had impaired his vision but he was clearly the weaker candidate and speed certainly wouldn’t be an adjective I would use to describe his fighting style last night!
Also in Las Vegas, Robert Guerrero defeated Michael Katsidis on a points victory to take the vacant WBA and WBO interim lightweight titles. Guerrero, the former International Boxing Federation featherweight and super-featherweight champion was deemed to have won 117-108, 118-106, 118-107 in the 12 round contest.
Understandably, Guerrero felt good about the evening saying that he won two titles and he is ready to fight anyone. Fighting talk indeed.
Morales wasn’t the only fighter last night to be left with a destroyed face, Katsidis also looked worse for wear after Guerrero delivered an unstoppable flow of punches which battered the boxers face.
Robert Guerrero has now undoubtedly solidified his position as one of the world’s greatest lightweight fighters.