By Rey Colon
Puerto Rico's Eric Morel, the former 112-pound champion of the WBA, is very excited about his upcoming fight on April 21 in Cancun, Mexico - when he faces undefeated Mexican fighter Abner Mares (23-0-1, 13KOs), who owns the WBC's silver belt at bantamweight.
Morel, 36-years-old, suffered his last defeat in 2005 to Martin Castillo. After a three-year layoff due to legal issues, Morel returned to boxing in full force and won his last eleven fights - including wins over Heriberto Ruiz and Gerry Penalosa. Mares, 26-years-old, was the overall victor in Showtime's bantamweight tournament, defeating Vic Darchinyan and Joseph Agbeko.
Morel expects a very tough fight for both boxers.
"[The fight] will be in Cancun. It will be a really hard fight for both of us. It will not be easy for either of us.....he knows this and so do I. I was waiting for this opportunity and I'll be well prepared," Morel said.
Morel (46-2, 23 KOs) will travel to Mexico a week early to acclimatise to the altitude.