Erik Morales Stripped of Belt After Failing to Make Weight for Danny Garcia Bout
Erik Morales weighed in at 142 pounds, two pounds over the 140-pound weight limit for his bout with Danny Garcia on Saturday in Houston, TX, resulting in Morales being stripped of his WBC junior middleweight belt.
According to Dan Rafael of ESPN, Morales (52-7, 36 KOs) never tried to burn the two pounds off and was subsequently docked $50,000 from his $1 million purse, which will be added on to Garcia's (22-0, 14 KOs) purse of $175,000, making his total purse $225,000.
Morales appeared to not care too much about losing his belt, which was the fourth belt he has held in four different divisions, making him the first Mexican fighter to own a belt in four different weight classes.
Morales told ESPN, via a translator:
I'm not too worried about the belt; the important thing is the fight, I already won the fourth belt so it doesn't matter to me.
He also addressed the weight issue, showing little remorse:
I was in position to save the fight or the belt but it's more important to save the fight. If I tried to make the weight by taking off those two pounds it would have really affected me in the fight. It wasn't worth the sacrifice at this point for the last couple of pounds. It would hurt me. No point.
Morales' attitude about losing his belt, in the eyes of the boxing world, is viewed as an act of disrespect to the sport, but I can see where Morales is coming from.
Losing two pounds would mean Morales would be forced to wear a sweatsuit and do some form of cardio to try to melt away the two pounds necessary to make weight, which could result in fatigue going into the fight.
With Garcia entering the first title fight of his career, he should be expected to come in giving his all in the bout. If Morales were to experience any ill effects due to dropping a measly two pounds and lose the fight with that on his mind, it would be far worse than being stripped of his belt.
Morales is the one that has to deal with the consequences he knew would be levied upon him for not attempting to shed the mandatory two pounds. So, if he can stand losing the belt and the docked pay, then that is all that matters.
People are making a bigger deal out of Morales not caring about the belt than it actually is.
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