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Erik Morales is Not Sure Who Will Lead Mexican Boxing

By Miguel Rivera

Former four division world champion Erik Morales has no idea which fighter will end up leading Mexican boxing in the near future.

2012 has been a big year of goodbyes in the Mexican boxing landscape. After suffering two bruising defeats this year, Erik Morales plans to have a farewell fight in Tijuana and then he will retire for good. Antonio Margarito retired earlier this year due to physical injuries. Jorge Arce retired two weeks ago after being knocked out by Nonito Donaire. And Juan Manuel Marquez, at age 39, is likely going to retire in the near future.

Who will carry Mexico? Only two bright hopes remain - Saul Alvarez and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Both are superstars in Mexico, but critics in the country are wondering if either boxer has what it takes. Alvarez, while undefeated, was matched against opponents who were huge underdogs in 2012. Chavez already suffered his first loss when he was defeated by pound-for-pound boxer Sergio Martinez in September.

"I would call 2012 a year of transition [in Mexican boxing], because there are several outgoing pugilists like Arce, myself, and maybe Juan Manuel Marquez will also walk away. But, there are others who still continue to push strong. We have to wait until these boxers are supported by the television networks - like Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Saul Alvarez, and some of the new Mexican world champions who were crowned this year. But we must not forget that this position [of carrying the landscape] is gained over time," Morales said to Tijuana Sports.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Phantomas on 12-25-2012

I say Rey Vargas, just a matter of time before everybody gets to know him.

Comment by Sifo on 12-25-2012

I prefer to support the lesser known mexican fighters that I know will go further based on their skill. Guys like Vazquez, Burgos, Mares etc. One of these guys will eventually become the face of mexican boxing the way it…

Comment by sapo1 on 12-25-2012

Lets not forget that saul alvarez faught shane mosley although old it was a test!!! and since he passed they have been trying to match him with a worthy opponent!!! like paul williams, james kirkland pulled out of a fight…

Comment by Basco on 12-24-2012

[QUOTE=Boxing Bob;12852587]If Canelo leads the way, the heretige of Mexican boxing is in trouble. Since I've followed boxing (1972), every single Mexican boxing great was more than willing to fight anyone. Canelo just doesn't fit into that category. RLopez, Sanchez,…

Comment by vacon04 on 12-24-2012

Right now I would say Abner Mares, the kid has an impressive streak and has by far a better resume than Chavez Jr or Canelo. The opposition of Canelo has been absolutely terrible, and while Chavez Jr already lost, at…

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