Originally written on Boxing Watchers  |  Last updated 3/25/12

Jim Lampley, Emanuel Steward and Max Kellerman are on the scene in Houston for an intriguing experience-verus-youth main event on World Championship Boxing. Erik Morales and Danny Garcia will do battle in a 140-pound title bout.

Or at least it was supposed to be at 140 pounds, and it's a title fight for one man. Morales failed to make weight and refused to try losing the two pounds he'd need to make a second attempt. He'll give up part of his purse as a result, and only Garcia can claim the title with a victory.

The announce team introduces a video package that takes us back through Morales' thrilling fight, albeit in a losing effort, against Marcos Maidana. Many experts thought he'd bitten off more than he could chew in that one, and it's possible he'll be up against it tonight too. The tale of the tape shows that Garcia is 12 years younger and also has slight height and reach advantages as well. Morales is 155 tonight while Garcia is 152.

Garcia enters first in a shiny green robe. Morales follows to traditional Mexican music. Both men seem to have some supporters in the stands, though Morales' are louder and undoubtedly more numerous. Michael Buffer does his thing to formally introduce the combatants. Philly-born Garcia is 22-0 with 14 KOs, while Morales is 52-7 with 36 KOs in a career that will certainly land him in Canastota.

Referee Laurence Cole is the third man in the ring. And we're ready to go for a scheduled 12 rounds of boxing.


Round 1

Morales loops in a right hand. Garcia triples up his jab. El Terrible jabs his way in and follows with a left hook. Morales goes to the body, and Garcia answers with a solid one-two upstairs. Garcia shoots a right hand as Morales looks for a counter left. Nasty counter right by Garcia, but Morales chases him back with a flurry. Garcia lands a left hook counter and lines up a right hand. They trade for a bit with both men scoring. Morales lets his hands go to end a close round with some moments for both boxers.

Tylwalk: 10-9 Morales


Round 2

Garcia comes out with jabs and a counter left hook. Garcia lunges in for a body shot and covers up in response to the return fire. Both men land hooks in the center of the ring. Morales looks a little more comfortable at the moment letting his hands go. Morales hooks his way in and follows to the body. Left hook by Garcia, and Morales answers quickly with uppercuts at close range. Garcia rips a right hand and a left hook. Morales comes right back with left hands.

Tylwalk: 10-9 Morales


Round 3

Jabs fly both ways. Garcia tries the body and a one-two to the head. As always, Morales is masterful timing his opponent coming in. Garcia lands about four punches in a row. Morales reaches to the body but takes some sharp counters in return. Garcia is putting some shots in the bank with his body work. A one-two to the head staggers Morales, and the old warrior has to beware as he gets tagged repeatedly.

Tylwalk: 10-9 Garcia


Round 4

Garcia lands a counter left, then another after Morales steps forward. He's warned for a low body shot. Morales takes two shots but answers quickly with a right hand. There's a combo from El Terrible to the head and body. Morales jabs in but has to be cautious because hard hooks are flying back. Both men flurry in the center of the ring. Garcia looks most confident when he counters, but he's taking a lot of punches waiting for those opportunities.

Tylwalk: 10-9 Morales


Round 5

Harold Lederman also has it 3-1 for Morales through four rounds. Garcia's father (also his trainer) wants him to get busier. They trade left hooks, and Garcia tries to fire back. Morales lands a flush left hook that may have staggered Garcia. He lands his own left hook amidst an exchange. Garcia tries to line up a right hand but Morales may have been baiting him. Garcia lands two jabs, a right hand and some body shots, though he's warned again for straying low. Morales takes a few more head shots before the bell to end a close round.

Tylwalk: 10-9 Garcia


Round 6

Morales gets off first, but Garcia lands some body shots. His left hook is landing consistently as a counter, but the older Morales is landing more punches. A left hand lands flush for Garcia and knocks Morales back into the ropes. Garcia is able to pick his spots from a step away. Morales backs the whole way across the ring, where he tries to battle back. Garcia lands a right to the body and a left to the head. As we've seen from him many times, Morales fires right back when he gets hit. El Terrible rallies, but not enough to win the round.

Tylwalk: 10-9 Garcia


Round 7

Morales opens up strong, with Garcia looking to counter again. Danny jabs twice and digs hard to the body. Double left hook to the body and head is effective for Garcia. Both men land as they pivot back to the center of the ring. Garcia jabs Morales back to the ropes. A body shot wakes Morales up, and he tries to flurry. Both men land combinations, with Morales going high and Danny going low. Morales eats a three-punch combo but comes right back with a right hand over the top. Another tight round.

Tylwalk: 10-9 Garcia


Round 8

Garcia tries to fend off Morales with jabs, but the veteran steps through to land a combination. There's a bit of an exchange as both men let their hands go. Morales connects with jabs, a body shot and a straight right. Garcia triples his jab and smacks home a right hand. He lands a body shot, but Morales lands a flush right hand. Garcia jabs away, mixing in a right hand as well. Morales throws an uppercut before taking two sharp right hooks.

Tylwalk: 10-9 Morales


Round 9

Morales looked a little slower off his stool. Garcia comes out with the double jab to set up his right hand. Erik mocks him a bit for a big miss. Garcia lands mor body shots, including a very clean left. Morales tries his own body work before Garcia lets some counters fly. His left hook can't miss when it's thrown as a counter. Morales retreats, possibly setting another trap. Garcia lands a series of punches in the final 10 seconds.

Tylwalk: 10-9 Garcia


Round 10

Morales' corner tells him he is losing on all three cards and needs to step it up. Garcia resumes landing hooks with both hands. Morales is doing his best to close the range and win. Garcia looks like the fresher, faster fighter as they trade. Morales fires about a six-punch combination that gets the fans into it for a moment. Erik lands a right hand on the button. He goes to war in the final 10 seconds.

Tylwalk: 10-9 Morales


Round 11

Lederman has it all even after 10 rounds. That means it could be up for grabs. Both men let their hands go, though Garcia is landing the harder shots. Morales lands a right that brings some blood from Garcia. But a moment later, Garcia lands a left hand that crumples Morales to the canvas. He beats the count, but that's bad news for El Terrible. Garcia lands a sharp left-right combo as he looks for the finish. Morales shows his mettle again, bravely firing back. Garcia lands four head shots in a row, and all Morales can do is hold on for dear life.

Tylwalk: 10-8 Garcia


Round 12

They touch gloves before the final round begins. Garcia's corner did a nice job cleaning the blood on his face. He scores with a powerful left hook. Garcia presses forward, landing more hooks. Danny lands a short right hook and goes downstairs with the left. Morales lands a right hand but takes more punishment from counter shots. Left-right for Garcia before falling into a clinch. Morales tries one more flurry but gets forced back by his younger foe, and we'll go to the scorecards.

Tylwalk: 10-9 Garcia

Tylwalk: 115-112 Garcia

The judges score it 117-110, 116-112 and 118-109, all to the winner by unanimous decision... and new WBC super lightweight titleholder... Danny "Swift" Garcia.

Garcia tears up while talking to Kellerman, crediting his father, who is also overcome by emotion, for his success. Danny says he knew it was going to be a bloody war, but he had a hard 10-week camp that got him prepared to go the distance.

Turning to Morales, Kellerman asks if riding around on his team's shoulders suggests he's ready to retire. Erik says Danny's style gave him complications. Max asks more pointedly if Morales is thinking about retirement, and the old warrior says he truly needs to think about it. Max calls it a privilege to watch El Terrible's career if this is indeed the end of it. 

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