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Beaten Morales ponders future



Danny Garcia took the WBC super-lightweight title when he beat Erik Morales on points in Houston on Saturday night.

The American remained undefeated as he won the fight by scores of 117-110, 116-112 and 118-109.

Garcia, who improved his record to 23-0, including 14 knockouts, grabbed the title that Morales had forfeited when he weighed in over the limit on Friday.

The 35-year-old Morales, who dropped to 52-8, with 36 knockouts, was knocked down in the eleventh round after starting reasonably well but failing to keep the younger and faster challenger from dominating the fight.

The Mexican veteran had won titles in four divisions but Garcia, 24, made it clear that his time had come.

Morales had won the vacant title in September last year by stopping Pablo Cesar Cano in the tenth round. However, he took a lot of punishment from Cano, as he had done in losing to Marcos Maidana in April last year.

Sapa-AP reports that Garcia was elated. "It's been a long ride,” he said. “Everybody wants to be champion. I knew it was going to be a bloody war. I just couldn't let him take my dream away."

Garcia, who fought the final rounds with a bloody nose, was the more aggressive throughout the fight. He knocked Morales down with a stinging left hook to the chin.

"It was a difficult fight," said Morales. "His type of style gave me problems."

Morales said he would take some time to ponder his future. "I have to think about it," he said. "To fight at this level I really have to think about it because it is my health."

On the undercard, James Kirkland won his super-welterweight bout against Carlos Molina on a disqualification in the tenth round.

Molina was knocked down and when his corner men jumped into the ring, the referee disqualified the boxer who was leading on two cards at the time.

Kirkland improved to 31-1, with 27 knockouts and Molina dropped to 19-5-2; 6.



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