By Mark Vester
At the La Explanada Del Palacio Municipal in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, former three division champion Erik Morales (49-6, 34 KOs) returned for the first time since 2007 to win a twelve round decision over Jose Alfaro (23-6, 20 KOs). The scores were 117-111, 116-112 and 116-112. The fight took place at welterweight and Morales snapped a four fight losing streak.
Morales did not look good at the welterweight limit. He was very chubby looking, slow moving and should really consider moving back down if he plans to continue his career. After four rounds of decent action, Morales began to put on the pressure in the fifth round.
At the midway point, the fight began to play put like an old fashioned Morales war. The seventh round was a toe to toe gun fight with the boxers trading hard shots at close range. Alfaro was going after the soft body of Morales during the contest but couldn't really hurt him. The rest of the fight saw Morales doing more work and Alfaro not doing enough. Alfaro was too small for the weight and could never really hurt Morales.
In a very unexpected result, Chris Henry (25-2, 20 KOs) knocked out Hugo Hernan Garay (32-5, 17 KOs) in the first round of their WBA light heavyweight eliminator. Henry caught Garay cold with a bomb and laid him out.
Prospect Abraham Han (9-0, 8 KOs) stopped Ulises Duarte (19-16, 17 KOs) in the first round of a middleweight contest.
Heavyweight prospect David Rodriguez (33-0, 31 KOs) knocked out Daniel Bispo (22-13, 16 KOs) in two rounds of action.