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Erik Morales receives one of Baja California’s highest honors

Erik Morales (L) receives the award from Baja California's governor Jose Guadalupe Osuna Millán. Photo courtesy of Arturo Amador

Friday night at the High Performance Center in Tijuana, Baja California’s Governor Jose Guadalupe Osuna Millán, honored Erik Morales for his athletic achievements and great example for the youth of his state and the country. Many adults and several hundred young people, mostly athletes, were on hand as the first Mexican fighter to win four world titles was honored.

The unpretentious four time world champion stated he was honored to receive such an award and mentioned he’s always been committed to giving his best effort whether in boxing or in life. He then stressed his desire to obtain a fifth world title, which he expects to win in the immediate future after he scales down to the limit for the lightweight division, 135 pounds. His next bout is tentatively set for December 10, 2011 in Tijuana.

In his last outing, September 17, 2011, Morales KO’ed his 21-year-old compatriot, Pablo Cesar Cano, to win the WBC World Welterweight title at the Garden Arena at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. With the win, he became the first Mexican boxer to win four belts in different weight classes, having already held the bantamweight, featherweight and super featherweight world titles.

(Left to right) Mercito "No Mercy" Gesta of San Diego, CA and his November 11, 2011 opponent, Ricardo Pelón Dominguez from Tucson, Arizona.

Mercito Gesta lead in bout for Pacquiao vs Marquez mega fight

Undefeated contenders Diego Magdaleno of Las Vegas and Mercito ‘No Mercy’ Gesta of San Diego will Co-headline a Top Rank Live! boxing card at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on Friday, November 11 — the eve of the Manny Pacquiao versus Juan Manuel Marquez mega fight. The fight card will be in the South Pacific Ballroom.

Gesta, 23-0-1 with 12 knockouts, will open the telecast in a 10 round lightweight bout against 26 year-old Ricardo Dominguez (34-7-2, 21 KOs) at the Mandalay Bay Resort Las Vegas, Nevada on 11-11-11. Back on May 15, 2010, Dominguez lost that slugfest with Humberto Soto at the Estadio Centenario, Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico. With 21 KOs, this 11 year veteran who turned pro at the age of 16, is going to be a tough nut to crack.


Magdaleno, 20-0 with seven knockouts, will box 10 rounds in the super featherweight division.

Oscar Molina loses in Olympic Qualifying Round

With the three Molina brothers looking so much alike and all three involved in boxing, (left to right), Carlos, Javier and Oscar, a comparison could be drawn with the Baldwin brothers of TV & movie fame (Alec, Daniel, Billy, and Stephen).

Thursday, Oscar Molina, the youngest boxer of the Molina family, lost his first fight in the Olympic qualifying rounds held in Baku, Azerbaijan. Molina, just one winning bout away from competing in the junior division at 69 kilos, had no luck against the Venezuelan Gabriel Maestre after falling 12-15. At this point, Molina can only look ahead to a possible rematch at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara.

In his search for one of the 92 global spots in the London summer event, the 2008 Mexican junior world champion appeared in this his second of the first order of the world qualifying matches. According to the selection process in the Divisions of -49, -52, -56, -60, -64, -69, -75 and -81 kg, the World’s top 10 Olympians obtain a visa, while -91 and +91 kg, seats will be reserved only for six fighters.

Juan Romero (left) of the Mexican National Team is shown delivering one of his left, right combinations.

Friday, his team mate Juan Romero faced Violin Berzoi of Moldova in the -64 kg division (Light Welterweight). Romero opened the proceedings in a self-assured fashion and by the second round landed a right-hook to the body that had Berzoi in trouble. From that point on Romero boxed a tactical fight to claim the deserved 18 to 12 win. The win, barring an injury, almost assures that we’ll be seeing Mr. Romero competing in the 2012 Olympics. Right or wrong?

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