Morales Takes Right From Maidana

Morales Takes Right From Maidana


San Leandro, CA- Having just watched the Marcos Maidana-Erik Morales fight at Ricky’s Sports Theater here in this city adjacent to Oakland, I have to tip my hat to Erik Morales. Yes, he was game, yes he showed heart, especially fighting from the first round on with a badly swollen and nearly closed right eye. But at the end of 12 rounds, I had given Erik five frames, almost calling one even to, thus the 115-113 score I had tabulated was as on the money as I could have been. That being said, the official scores were 116-112 twice, while the third judge had it even at 114-114.


It may not have been the easiest fight to score, but there wasn’t one person watching in Hi Def on the big screen that thought Morales had won. At the end of the night, Morales said he wanted a rematch and Maidana, who should have been ashamed for allowing a 34-year old man going on 70 in boxing years to go the distance, stated he would oblige. To that I say why? Yes, it was closer in that Maidana should’ve allowed it to be, and Erik proved a point in that he still had good boxing instincts, but he has little left in his pugilistic tank. Should they go again, Maidana, who appeared to be in less than stellar condition, in all likelihood would prevail once more, only this time inside the distance.


Having followed Erik Morales since he was fighting preliminary matches in his native Tijuana, I can tell you that he has nothing left to prove. All he can do is further damage his body and mind, you see the residual effects of professional boxing are unforgiving. They don’t care how great you once were, although he isn’t “punchy” per se, another fight with rough and rugged Maidana, if this one didn’t, could make Morales the greatest “punch drunk” fighter to ever come out of the Mexican border town. Maidana of Argentina is now 30-2, 27 KOs, while Morales drops to 51-7, 35 KOs. Having never considered him an all time great, I again tip my hat to “El Terrible.” Take the accolades and walk away Erik. You have a wife and family that are far more important than a rematch with Maidana.


Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (29-1-1, 18 KOs) looked about as good as he could in defeating Michael Katsidis (27-4, 22 KOs) over 12 rounds. Scoring with his money punch, the left cross at will and from the start, the southpaw from Gilroy, CA certainly proved that he is without doubt the best lightweight (135 lbs) in the world. Although it was no walk in the park as Katsidis is a rough as they come, Guerrero was in control round after round. Katsidis was docked two points for low blows in the eighth, while “The Ghost” lost one for the same infraction in round nine. Although I’m certain Juan Manuel Marquez will fight Guerrero this year, I’m just as certain Robert will lick the aged one like a stamp! Final scores were 118-107, 118-106, and 117-108.


HBO’s Max Kellerman stated before the first bell rang that Nobuhiro Ishida (23-6-2, 8 KOs) was nothing more than a tune up for James Kirkland. With a substantial height and reach advantage that was quite obvious to anybody watching, the Japanese fighter destroyed the previously unbeaten Kirkland (27-1, 24 KOs) by dropping him three times in 1:52 flat! Ishida, a jr. middleweight (154) took the fight with Kirkland at 160 thinking he could win, but probably not in the manner in which he did. Some call it the biggest upset thus far in 2011, but I’m not one of them for the lanky Japanese fighter, although he had but seven KOs in 31 fights, he was world class, something Kirkland hadn’t yet proven. Recently released from a stint in prison for gun possession, this was a parole violation as Kirkland was already a convicted felon. In closing, boxing doesn’t need a thug like Kirkland.


Brooklyn’s Paul Malignaggi, now fighting as a welterweight (147), won a unanimous ten round decision over Jose Cotto with scores of 99-91 twice and 97-93. Paulie advances to 29-4, 6 KOs. Puerto Rican Cotto is now 32-3-1, 24 KOs. For the first time I can remember in recent years, Paulie apparently did not hurt his fragile hands.


Northern California native Jake “Stitch” Duran, one of the top cut men in both boxing and MMA, now a Las Vegas resident, was at Ricky’s tonight with family members and not in Vegas due to an ill relative. Anytime you go to Ricky’s ( you run in to somebody from the boxing or MMA world, so I wasn’t as surprised to see “Stitch” as he was to see me!

Pedro Fernandez


  • I didn’t say they weren’t good Pedro. But I wouldn’t make Guerrero an automatic winner over Marquez or Rios either. Katsidis always makes his higher end opponents look sharp.

  • Maidan is a 140 lb version of Ricardo myorga no more

  • yeah but Ward is Ward and Donaire is Donaire… and Guerrero is Guerrero?

    I think Guerrero will wilt under a sustained body attack from Marquez, start leaving himself open due to fatigue and then go down swinging.

  • Always looking to sling s*it O Ren Shi. When was the last time either these two or Donaire lost?

  • Pedro is a bit biased when it comes to NoCal fighters like Guerrero and Andre Ward.

  • Pedro – Marquez seems to have good power at lightweight knocking out Diaz when Diaz came to him and Katsidis. At least more power than Guerrero, no? And Marquez is still pretty speedy and placing and timing his shots very well? Have you seen that much recent deterioration in Marquez that Guerrero pastes him?

    Re Kirkland: HBO’s cheerleading has gone to new levels the past couple of years. I can’t bear listening to their commentary anymore.

  • VIVA El terrible, but its now time to retire, for your own good. You’ve done enough to earn our respect, plus u r a sure hall of famer.

  • Morales took a big risk to show he can still compete on a high level, and unfortunately he was right. Good for now, but not in the long run.

    As for him not being punchy yet, as I understand it, punchiness may show itself a few years after retiring. It may already be too late. But at least he should minimize the damage!

  • Pedro Fernandez

    Who, what 2 r u talking about T?

  • Marquez would KO both, easily. That’s my take.
    Neither showed any amazing ability. They were made for each other.

  • I thought he was gonna win and I think he can win. Maidana was supposed to ko him but couldn’t. He is limited and if a rematch morales can improve maidana cant

  • Morales will always be a warrior, but he doesn’t need to continue. I don’t know what to make of Maidana. he was impressive against Ortiz and Cayo and showed grit in the last rounds vs Khan but still. I thought way past his prime chop chop Corley beat him and going tooth and nail vs another way past him prime fighter in Morales especially at 140 doesn’t help his bidding as one of the top guys. Anyhow, Morales is a tough motherf%$^@r!

  • Good fights this weekend! thats the heart of a true warrior. i think what help Maidana was that Morales is a true 126lbs,and that morales couldn;t see trew the whole bout .I agree he should hang the gloves .but he knows he can get another pay day “A good one ” with Maidana.KIrkland,Thats one of the reasons i dont call no boxer the next big thing untill he proven him self and now everbody knows he got no chin.

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