Q&A: Eric Morel

Photo: José Pérez/PR Best Boxing

Former world champion Eric Morel (41-2, 21 KOs) of San Juan Puerto Rico is primed and focused for his upcoming bout with former two-divisional world champion Gerry Peñalosa (54-7-2, 34 KOs) of Cebu, Philippines. The two will square of this Saturday at the Las Vegas Hilton in Las Vegas, Nevada for the WBO interim bantamweight title. The PR Best Boxing-promoted Morel spoke with Fightnews prior to his Tuesday departure for Las Vegas from Puerto Rico.

Any concerns on dealing with the southpaw style of Peñalosa?

I had excellent southpaw sparring here in Puerto Rico. Southpaws to me are like fighting conventional style opponents except the punches are coming from the opposite direction.

Peñalosa as you know is well known for his iron chin. Do you feel that you will be able to hurt him at all?

That will be determined come Saturday night. I can tell you now that I feel extremely strong coming into this fight.

In Peñalosa’s title winning effort against then bantamweight world champion Jhonny Gonzalez a few years back he got the job done by way of a body punch KO stoppage. Is that something that’s in the back of your mind coming into this fight?

Ironically, Gonzalez was actually winning that fight before he got caught with the body shot. Not only do I have to be prepared for his body attack but also for anything else he throws at me. Keep in mind though that I plan to test Peñalosa’s body as well.

What do you feel are your advantages entering this fight?

I have the edge in height and reach on him which I plan to take full advantage of. I expect Peñalosa to attempt to apply heavy pressure on me and get himself in to close range in an effort to negate my advantages, but I’m much faster than he is. There is no way he can match my speed.

So should fans expect a boxing clinic type of performance from you come Saturday night?

You can expect my complete arsenal to be on display come Saturday night. I will mix it up with him at times and I will box smartly at well. With our styles this is going to be an exciting fight but I will make any necessary adjustments in order to be victorious.

Latin Fury 13/Pinoy Power 3, is being produced and distributed live on pay-per-view by Top Rank, in association with PR Best Boxing, ABS-CBN, Zanfer Promotions and the Las Vegas Hilton, will take place at the Las Vegas Hilton. The four-bout pay-per-view broadcast will begin at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT. The main event will feature two-division world champion Nonito ‘The Filipino Flash’ Donaire a native of General Santos City, Philippines who resides in San Leandro, CA defending his World Boxing Association (WBA) interim super flyweight title against Gerson ‘El Nene’ Guerrero (34-8 26 KOs), of Mexico City. WBO bantamweight champion Fernando ‘Cochulito’ Montiel (39-2-2, 29 KOs), of Los Mochis, Mexico will defend his crown against Ciso ‘Kid Terrible’ Morales (14-0, 8 KOs), of Bohol, Philippines. In a battle of former world title challengers Mario Santiago (21-1-1, 14 KOs), of Ponce, Puerto Rico will take on Bernabe Concepcion (29-2-1, 17 KOs), of Rizal, Philippines in a 10 round featherweight bout.

Remaining Tickets, priced at $250, $150, $100 and $50, can be purchased at the Las Vegas Hilton box office, online at, by calling (800) 222-5361 or (702) 732-5755, and at all Ticketmaster outlets.

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