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Newz Forum: BOXING: Morales takes decision over Hernandez

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posted on Aug, 1 2004 @ 12:02 AM
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Erik Morales peppered Carlos Hernandez with jabs and rocked him with uppercuts to take an unanimous decision Saturday night in their super featherweight title unification bout.

WBC champion Morales, who has held crowns in three weight classes, added Hernandez's IBF title.

Dominating the 12-round fight with his superior boxing skills against the constantly charging Hernandez, Morales won by scores of 119-109 on two cards, and 115-113 on the other.

There were no knockdowns, and, although Hernandez was a little wobbly several times after taking hard shots, neither fighter seemed in serious trouble.

Both fought hard, and the crowd gave them a standing ovation at the final bell.

Morales said heading into the match that Hernandez might have heart, but that he lacked basic boxing skills.

That analysis ended up being right on.

Usually circling to use his two-inch height and five-inch reach advantage against the 5-foot-6 Hernandez, Morales consistently landed punches to the head and body as Hernandez tried to duck inside.

Even when Hernandez was able to get in close, Morales countered well, with his right uppercut particularly effective.

The 27-year-old Morales (47-1, 34 KO), from Tijuana, Mexico, had taken the 130-pound title - his third WBC championship - with an unanimous decision over Jesus Chavez on Feb. 28.

Hernandez, 33, from Bellflower, Calif., is 40-4-1, with 24 knockouts.

Morales' only loss was by split decision against Marco Antonio Barrera in 2002. He had taken a split decision over Barrera two years earlier.

On the undercard Saturday night, IBF bantamweight champion Rafael Marquez displayed his power again, knocking out Heriberto Ruiz with a right uppercut that sent the challenger flopping to the canvas in the third round.

The knockout was the 29th in 35 fights for Marquez. The fight against Ruiz was relatively quiet for the first two rounds, then Marquez got off the shot to Ruiz's head. Ruiz was out immediately and the fight ended at 2:11 of the third.

Marquez, from Mexico City, is 32-3. Ruiz, from Los Mochis, Mexico, is 31-3-2. Each weighed 118.

Undefeated Ivan Calderon defended his WBO light flyweight title with an unanimous decision over Roberto Leyva. Calderon, from Bayamon, Puerto Rico, is 20-0, with four knockouts. Leyva, from Puerto Penasco, Mexico, is 22-4-1. Calderon weighed 105, Leyva 104[.

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., son of the renowned former champion, ran his record to 10-0 with an unanimous decision over outclassed Jason Smith in their four-round lightweight bout.

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