Morales loses title at scales
Erik Morales lost was stripped of his WBC light-welterweight belt on Friday afternoon as he failed to make weight for his first defence against rising star Danny Garcia.
Morales came in looking extremely drawn and clocked in at 142lbs for the 140-pound contest but instead of trying to take off the two extra pounds he just sat down and began drinking water.
‘I'm not too worried about the belt; the important thing is the fight,’ said Morales. ‘If I tried to make the weight by taking off those two pounds it would have really affected me in the fight. I already won the fourth belt so it doesn't matter to me.’
Garcia, who made the weight at 139.5lbs and can still win the vacant strap on fight night, accused Morales of disrespecting the sport, saying, ‘I feel stuff like this hurts the sport of boxing and I love boxing.
‘For me, it's still a championship fight but I believe what he did is a disrespect to boxing and to boxing fans. The first fight every boxer has is to make weight and he didn't do it and I did. Now all I have to do is go out there and beat him up.’
There were no such problems for light-middleweight contenders James Kirkland and Carlos Molina as they both came in at 153.75lbs for their 154-pound maximum fight.
Erik Morales and Danny Garcia face-off at the weigh-in for their WBC light-welterweight title clash at the Reliant Arena in Houston on March 24
A drawn Morales and ripped Garcia pose for the cameras
Light-middleweight contenders James Kirkland and Carlos Molina face-off
Kirkland and Molina pose for the cameras
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