By Rey Colon -The Sport Press
Former U.S. Olympian and two-time world champion in different divisions Eric Morel (46-4, 23 KOs) of Puerto Rico has decided to retire from the ring and continue a career as a manager and eventually become a boxing promoter according to his father and trainer Cyril Morel. The former WBA flyweight champion and WBO bantamweight champion had lost his last two fights against the unbeaten Abner Mares and Leo Santa Cruz in his only two fights in 2012.
“Eric had a brilliant career and we’re grateful to all the promoters who believed in his talent,” said Cyril. “He is negotiating with Golden Boy Promotions as has has three young prospects. I supported him in his decision. That is what he wants from now on. The time has come. He is 37 years old. We look at the knockout that happened to Erik Morales and don’t want that to happen to Eric, who has never been knocked out. We had to stop the last fight because Santa Cruz had more speed and we weren’t going to expose him to that. We realized that the time has come.”
Eric will soon be a father for the third time and he wants to spend more time with his family.
“Everything has its end and you have to accept it. He’s leaving with a good record and perhaps someday will be considered for the Hall of Fame. Here in Madison (Wisconsin) and in Puerto Rico. I think it’s a good decision and I respect it. Eric will start as a manager. He has a 154-, a 115- and a 135-pounder, all very good,” concluded the elder Morel.