Erik Morales Impressed By Cano, Invites Him To Train
By Ryan Burton
On Saturday evening at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Erik Morales became the first Mexican to win world titles in four weight divisions when he defeated Pablo Cesar Cano via a 10th round knockout. Morales had been training to face Lucas Matthysse when the tough Argentinean puncher came down with an illness and had to pull out of the fight. Morales said the opponent change was part of the reason that the fight with the then undefeated Cano was tougher than expected.
"We were training for Matthysse and then we found out that he got sick and couldn't fight. We really didn't know anything about Cano. I had to figure him out in the ring," said Morales.
Cano was ranked #12 by the WBC and was virtually unknown to American fight fans before Saturday evening. The Mexican fighter took the fight on short notice but put up on a spirited effort before ultimately falling short. Morales battered Cano badly in the 10th round as both of Cano's eyes were swelling shut. Cano's corner stopped the fight after the 10th round ended.
Morales was very impressed by the young fighter, and invited Cano to train with him for their next fights.
"Cano is a good strong young fighter. He punches hard and fought well. I invited him to train with me in my next training camp."
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[QUOTE=New England;11176244]cano is very slow but he's got a future ahead of him he got a nice payday his corner stopped the fight when they should have (that cut would have put the rest of his career in jeopardy) morales…Comment by mshap on 09-20-2011
I'm still trying to figure out what title belt Cano had that got Morales his so-called 4th championship....Comment by fceeviper on 09-20-2011
Good on you Morrales!Comment by nycsmooth on 09-20-2011
Not a good fight but the kid tried and hopefully Morales will help him...Morales needs to fight world-class,maybe Maidana...not Khan wouuld pick him apart...Comment by iLovesoccermoms on 09-20-2011
Good on Morales, helping out the young guy could help him alotPost a Comment - View More User Comments (11)