By Steve Kim
Things were getting interesting between super featherweights, Carlos Morales and Dardan Zenunaj, who headline on ESPN2 on Thursday night from the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California. While Morales had jumped out to an early lead, the aggressive Zenunaj was starting to close ground on him heading into the second half of this scheduled ten-rounder.
But at the beginning of the sixth round the fight was waved off by referee Raul Caiz Jr. after consulting with the ringside physician who examined a cut over the right eye of Morales, which was caused earlier in the fight by a clash of heads. With Morales winning on all three cards by the scores of 59-56 he was ruled the winner via technical decision.
It was a rather unsatisfactory conclusion to a fight that was heating up.
So is there any chance of doing a rematch?
"If you would've asked me the same question right after the fight, I would've said no. But now hearing the fans and everyone else being so excited about the fight and wanting to see the second part, you know what? It's a matter of talking to both teams, I'm sure Dardan's team will want it because they've already told me and it's just a matter of letting Carlos heal," said Robert Diaz, the head matchmaker for Golden Boy Promotions.
Diaz noted,"(Morales) had four cuts so it wasn't like Carlos quit or anything. It was legitimately stopped because of all the cuts. Once he heals, I'll talk to his team. Carlos has never shied away. Remember, Carlos came up the hard way, he came up as an opponent versus a couple of Golden Boy fighters, beat them and then became a Golden Boy fighter, himself. So Carlos has never shied away from anybody."
Golden Boy has a fresh slate of cards for 2018 that this fight can land on.
"It's a matter of taking to both teams after the holidays and if the fans want to see it, the media wants to see it, hey, lets do it," stated Diaz.
Steve Kim is the news editor for BoxingScene.com