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Erik Morales Will Gladly Accept Special WBO Belt

By Ernesto Castellanos, notifight

Former four division world champion Erik Morales (52-9, 36KOs) will be honored by the World Boxing Organiztion. The sanctioning body wants to hold a ceremony in Morales' hometown of Tijuana and present him with a specially made WBO belt.

Morales captured the WBO super bantamweight title in his first violent war with Marco Antonio Barrera on February 19, 2000. Morales never defended the title and moved up to featherweight two fights later. The first fight with Barrera was the first and only time that Morales had fought with a WBO championship at stake.

The Mexican veteran, 37-years-old, plans to have two more fights before officially announcing his retirement.

"I've always had great respect for Erik Morales because he is one of the great Mexican boxing champions of all time. I've always admired him for his high quality," said WBO President Paco Valcarcel.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by TLC8 on 09-02-2013

As recent as July before JMM vs Pacquiao 4, Marquez was offered a massive fight at Texas Stadium with fellow countryman Legend Erik Morales, and JMM declined. Morales and Marquez used to train in the same gym years ago. Then…

Comment by larryusa on 09-02-2013

Cool as long as in his next fight he some how won't be announced as some type of WBO champion

Comment by ladiesman217 on 09-02-2013

WBO is desperate to make a name for themselves since they know they are the lowest amongst the Big 4 ABC belts.

Comment by Russian Crushin on 09-02-2013

He's getting a belt even tho the only fight where a WBO belt was on the line in his whole career was in the first Barrera fight, which he should have lost? :pat:

Comment by PAC-BOY on 09-02-2013

Happy for him. Its a honor to receive a medal , a belt of any kind. Its the meaning behind it. I think all sanctioning bodies suck, but fighters fight for them trinkets. oh what the hell....Morales is ATG IMO...he…

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