Erik Morales to face ‘young and tough’ Danny Garcia in first defence of 140lb title

14 Dec

Robert Delgado – Los Angeles

The WBC have sanctioned a super lightweight world championship contest between their reigning champion at 140lbs; Erik Morales (52-7-0, 36ko), and their number two ranked contender; Danny Garcia (22-0-0, 14ko), an undefeated Philadelphian fighter with good wins over Kendall Holt, Nate Campbell and Ashley Theophane. The two box at the Reliant Arena in Houston on Saturday, January 28 in an event supported by a mouth-watering undercard fight…

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Garcia will be Morales' first opponent since winning vacant title vs Cano. Credit: Stacey Verbeek - MABG, Dallas

“The Mexican boxer will make the defence of his WBC Super lightweight title against the American, Danny Garcia next January 28,” a statement released by the WBC read.

The Texas event will be supplemented with a sterling choice as co-support as fan-friendly fisticuff slugger James Kirkland takes on fellow super welterweight Carlos Molina (19-4-2, 6ko) in a non-title fight. Boxing in his home State, Kirkland (30-1-0, 27ko) is undefeated under Ann Wolfe as his sole loss – to unheralded Japanese prizefighter Nobuhiro Ishida – was sustained when the pair had temporarily parted ways.

They are, together, coming off the back of their strongest win as a team; a 2011 classic war with Alfredo Angulo where both fighters exchanged knockdowns in the opening stanza with Kirkland winning a sixth round technical knockout.

Molina, meanwhile, enjoyed a commendable 2011 having taken Cuban technician Erislandy Lara the distance in March, obtaining a debatable draw, before trumping Allen Conyers and Kermit Cintron.

Regarding the main event, Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer commented: “Morales is one of the best and most experienced fighters, he’s back and he will face a young and tough fighter like Danny Garcia.”

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