By Felipe Leon at ringside
In a much closer fight than it should have been, hometown legend Erik “Terrible” Morales (51-6, 35 KOs) won a unanimous decision to defend his WBC Silver light welterweight title over late sub Francisco Lorenzo (35-9, 16KOs) of the Dominican Republic on Saturday night at the Estadio Caliente in Tijuana, BC, Mexico. Lorenzo pressured the taller Morales throughout the fight despite Morales landing the harder punches. Morales dropped Lorenzo in the fifth round with a grazing right hand but the Dominican was never hurt. The contest had its bursts of fireworks as both veterans were not afraid to exchange heavy leather, especially towards the later rounds when the fight seemed up for grabs. Scores were Raul Caiz Sr. 116-111, Raul Caiz Jr. 114-113, Zach Young 115-112.
With the win, Morales eyes an early 2011 match up against WBA and WBO lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez in search for his fourth world title in as many divisions.
Once defeated featherweight Alejandro Sanabria (26-1, 21KOs) of Mexico City made quick work of Ensenada tough guy Segio “Mickey” Lopez (12-3, 8KOs), stopping him at the 1:42 mark of the second. After an even first, Sanabria caught Lopez with a hard right hand that hurt the shorter Lopez and made him back pedal against the ropes. Once there, Sanabria landed a left hook that made Lopez drop his hands only to let the barrage of punches from Sanabria in prompting referee Juan Morales Lee to jump in between.
Undefeated Pedro “Jibran” Guevara (14-0, 10 KOs) captured the vacant WBC Silver light flyweight belt with a third round stoppage over late sub Karluis Diaz (11-2, 9 KOs) of Colombia. The action started slow in the first two rounds with both fighters being very tactical but Guevara turned up the heat in the third and caught Diaz against the ropes and scored with a four punch combo. The left hook to the body caused a late reaction in Diaz who dropped to one knee. He was not able to beat the count. Official time was 2:11 of the third round.
Keeping the family tradition alive, the Morales’ younger brother, Ivan Morales (8-0, 5 KOs) kept his record perfect and earned another knock out as he destroyed Los Mochis, MX’s Manuel “Oso” Valdez (2-3, 1 KO) at the 2:47 mark of the first round of a scheduled bantamweight four. Morales was in control for the short contest and caught Valdez with a hard southpaw jab and stopping him seconds later with a barrage of punches.
Despite opening up a cut over the eye of favorite Alberto Guevara (10-0, 4 KOs) of Mazatlan, MX, Tijuana’s Adan Osuna (8-6-3, 3 KOs) was on the losing side of a majority decision in a four round bantamweight decision. Official scores were 39-37 twice and 38-38.
Tijuana’s Mario Hermosillo Padilla (6-3-3, 1 KO) was awarded a majority decision over Rene Ruiz (5-6, 3 KOs) of Ensenada, MX, in a lightweight four rounder.