Erik Morales defends circlet against unbeaten Danny Garcia

Mexico’s Morales protect his World Boxing Council light-welterweight title on Saturday against victorious American contestant Danny Garcia in Houston, Texas. Morales, 35, is the first Mexican combatant to win world titles in four weight partition super bantamweight, featherweight, super featherweight and light welterweight while Garcia is in his first world title bout at age 24.

He’s a great fighter. He has made his mark in the sport,Garcia said.He is a wiliness veteran, smart, knows how to fight, how to win. He has had his time to shine. Come Saturday night, there will be a new winner.Morales, 52-7 with 36 knockouts, is 4-1 since ending a three-year layoff in 2010 and anxious to prove he has the form to face tougher foes, potentially England’s Amir Khan, winning American Tim Bradley or elite welterweights.

Boxing is not just about potency and a few words,Morales said.To beat a young man, to beat his speed, his dream, his hunger, will show I’m still at the top level.My incentive is for bigger and better fights beyond this fight. The word ‘loss’ does not cross my mind.

Morales lost an interim world title fight to Argentina’s Marcos Maidana by mainstream decision last April, but bounced back last September with a 10th-round stoppage of previously unbeaten countryman Pablo Cesar Cano to claim the vacant WBC crown.I’m very eager,Morales said.I’m very well trained and well prepared to fight this young man who is very hungry and dreams to rip my title away and send me into retirement.

The fight was delayed from January so Morales could undergo gallbladder surgery, but the veteran was strong-minded to face Garcia, testing himself against a rising star to satisfy his own questions about his status.There are some doubts in my mind,Morales said.There are some kinds of fights I want to fight but I don’t know if I am 100 percent equipped for those fights. These types of fights will let me know if I am ready.

Garcia, 22-0 with 14 knockouts, is coming off a split-decision victory over neighbor Kendall Holt last November at Los Angeles.It has been a long road going on the undercards to the main event and I’m ready to be a winner now. I knew I had a lot of hard work to do and I put that work in,Garcia said.

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