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Boxing: Eric Morel losses WBA flyweight title

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posted on Dec, 7 2003 @ 12:26 PM
BAYAMON, Puerto Rico (AP) Venezuelan Lorenzo Parra took the WBA flyweight title from Puerto Rican Eric Morel with a unanimous decision Saturday night, handing him the first defeated of his defeat.

The judges saw the fight 116-111, 115-112 and 116-111.

Parra (20-0) scored a knockdown in the third round with a short right hand to Morel's forehead.

"This is great win for me, I'm Venezuela's new ambassador," Parra said.

Morel (33-1) was making his sixth title defense.

"He moved too much and I couldn't catch my rhythm," Morel said.

In another bout, Ivan Calderon defended his WBO minimum weight crown with a unanimous decision over Alex Sanchez in a battle of Puerto Ricans.

Calderon (17-0) won 118-110, 117-111 and 116-112, and outclassed his opponent with quick combinations and nifty footwork in every round.

There were no knockdowns in the fight, but the champion hurt Sanchez (29-4-1) in the third round with an uppercut and two quick straights to the face.

He stunned Sanchez again in the seventh with a series of combinations to the head.

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