Fight Photos: Erik Morales loses WBC super lightweight title on scales, tells Danny Garcia he’ll school him

25 Mar

All photos: Stacey Verbeek – Maple Avenue Boxing Gym, Dallas

Ring legend Erik Morales, 35, was stripped of his world championship at 140lbs by the WBC as he failed to make weight but warned super lightweight rival and challenger Danny Garcia that, even though he [Morales] has been written off this week, he will show his critics they are wrong come fight time. The Mexican added that he’ll change his name from El Terrible to The Professor as he hands out classes so often. The two war on March 24 at the Reliant Arena in Houston.

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A mariachi band introduced proceedings during the pre-fight weigh in

A plethora of Mexicans and Morales fans in general queued up to get a glimpse of their man

Challenger Garcia, who can claim the vacant WBC belt with a win, is respectful of Morales but confident of victory

With a cut body, Garcia registered a weight of 139.5lbs, half a pound under the limit for the fight

Morales, though, weighed in at 142lbs and didn't bother with a second attempt… he was thus relieved as champion

Morales and Garcia's gesticulations implied they would hunt each others head when the ring bell chimes

On the undercard, one of the P4P most exciting fighters in boxing, James Kirkland, takes on Carlos Molina

Kirkland will be looking to capitalise on his most recent victory, a TKO over Alfredo Angulo in a 2011 classic

Molina is potentially a formidable threat for Kirkland, as he beat Kermit Cintron and drew with Erislandy Lara

Tough Boricuan boxer Jose Miguel Cotto was slated to collide with Jose Luis Castillo but the latter couldn't make weight

Undefeated Irishman Jamie Kavanagh is aligned with Cesar Cisneros

HBO scorer and ex judge Harold Lederman with the face of Al Haymon Productions, Sam Watson, and his sons

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