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Erik Morales: I Need To Be Perfect To Beat Matthysse

By Jhonny Gonzalez

Tijuana's Erik Morales expects a tougher challenger in his upcoming fight with Lucas Matthysse, scheduled for September 17 in Las Vegas. Morales will face Matthysse for the vacant WBC junior welterweigh title on the Floyd Mayweather-Victor Ortiz undercard. Morales compares Matthysse to his April opponent Marco Maidana, who beat the Mexican icon with twelve round majority decision. Morales says that he can't afford to lose to Matthysse, because landing another title opportunity will be a challenge.

"Unlike the fight I had with Marcos Maidana, I can not fail against Matthysse, who is a similar fighter, equally strong, but has better boxing [skills] and that forces me to be better, to find the perfect match, the perfect game plan," Morales told Sal Rodriguez. 

"This is the biggest fight of my life, there's a lot to prove. No matter what you may think, that I'm crazy for taking the fight - I know what to do and what I can do."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by delpilar on 08-13-2011

Make or break for Morales. Go Erik.

Comment by New England on 08-13-2011

straight punches are harder to slip than looping ones mathysse will have it easier than chino in terms of trying to mount meaningful offense chino's bombs are relatively easy to slip mathysse throws that right hand to the body /…

Comment by eul on 08-13-2011

Lucas is going to destroy Morales with bodyshots...

Comment by shenmue on 08-13-2011

If Morales performs to the standard he did against Maidana then this will be a War, if he doesn't then Lucas does what many people though Maidana would have done and that's win a one sided fight by KO.

Comment by hebi on 08-13-2011

I like Matthysse, but I think he is just a little bit overrated on this site. I think there is a big enough difference in skill and boxing smarts to give Morales an advantage. It is a very good fight,…

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