|The Legend of “El Terrible” Continues
By Jason Petock, Doghouse Boxing (May 24, 2012) Doghouse Boxing (Photo © German Villasenor)
size of your success is measured by the strength of your desire; the
size of your dream; and how you handle disappointment along the way.”
– Robert Kiyosaki, American Motivational Speaker.
are men of this world who choose to quit when they are ahead, all the
while allowing the at times iniquitous hands of fate a rare and
cherished opportunity to deal them another more suitable hand when
the time is right. Others, more daring in their motives, pave their
own paths enabling the chips to fall where they may. Then you have
the resilient ones. Silent, calculating, vigilant. Ever so watchful,
these persons pick and choose their spots. They create prospects when
there are none, kicking down the doors that were once thought to be
impenetrable. The sheer force with which their will deflates any
opposition to their purpose is beyond belief. Boxer Erik “El
Terrible” Morales 52-8 (36) is one such combatant, and he has been
kicking down every single door in his way since his humble beginnings
in Tijuana, Mexico.
fighters have always been known for their intestinal fortitude and
their “machismo.” Both attributes are defining components of
their inner makeup and truly make for incredibly memorable
prizefights. Being “one who is worthy of imitation” is not a bad
position to be in especially when the one you want to imitate is
Mexican boxing legend Erik Morales. Want to see a clash for it all?
Just watch two up-and-coming Mexican warriors wage conflict on solid
ground and you will not only be extraordinarily entertained but you
will also bear witness to quite possibly one of the best fights
you’ve seen that year. Doesn’t matter when it was or where you
saw it either.
is the first Mexican born fighter to have won world titles in four
different weight classes as a professional. An accomplished amateur
as well, “El Terrible” amassed a remarkable record of 108-6.
Under the watchful eye of his father Jose Morales, also once a
fighter, young Erik first laced up the gloves at the tender age of 5
years old. This means that Morales has been fighting for almost 31
years of his life as the boxer turns 36 this September. Back in
September of 1997, a mere 6 days after his 21st birthday, Erik Morales won his first world title when he stopped then
WBC Super Bantamweight Champion Daniel “The Mouse” Zaragosa
“El Terrible” Morales’ career has become a blueprint for boxing
marvel and lore. His memorable bouts are things of majesty, epic
fist-a-cuffs fought out on a grand scale. This rangy pugilist from
the “Zona Norte” section of Tijuana has given us all legend with
every punch he has thrown and each competition he has participated
in. Who could forget his gripping trilogy with fellow legendary
Mexican fighter “The Baby Faced Assassin” Marco Antonio Barrera
67-7 (44)? Or when he knocked out Angel “Avispa“ Chacon"
30-9-2 (15) for the WBC Super Bantamweight Title back in 1999 at the
Thomas Mack Center in Las Vegas?
has nothing left to prove at this point in the sport. Boxing isn’t
so much about proving things to others as it is to proving things to
yourself. “El Terrible” has answered all and any questions he may
have had to pose to himself during the most difficult of times during
his memorable career. He has also more than answered those complex
inquisitions that the media and boxing sanctum have been willing to
throw at him. His major Championships include the following: WBC
Super Bantamweight, WBO Super Bantamweight, interim WBC
Featherweight, WBC Featherweight, WBC Super Featherweight, IBF Super
Featherweight, and the WBC Light Welterweight titles, respectively.
Morales is a definite future candidate for the BHOF and will be
remembered as a true legend of the sport when he finally does decide
to hang up the gloves. Let’s just hope that it’s not anytime
soon, as “El Terrible” still has a hell of a lot of fight left in
Jason can be reached with your questions, concerns, gripes, moans, complaints, insults or kudos at BoxingWarrior@hotmail.com. Your feedback is appreciated as always. Stay honest and keep punching.
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