Erik Morales faced the press in NJ on Tuesday, and talked up his ring return.
With Mexican soccer star Rafa Marquez: “In my next fight I plan to use Rafa Marquez-like defense and the offense of (Thierry) Henry.
On why Morales returned to the ring: “I’m not doing this for economic reasons. I’m not doing this for ego. I just want to come back and do it for the joy of boxing. Reporters want to write. The camera guys want to shoot. Because that’s what you do and that’s what you do best. Fighting is what I do best. Five years as an amateur, 16 years as a professional – this is what I do. Now I want to do it and enjoy it and do it my way. The reason why I’m coming back into the ring, being at 49 (wins) and wanting to get to that 50th win, which is a mark all great fighters have, that elusive 50th win. I found the support with my family. I’m still a young man. I want to go out and do this and everyone. Some may think I’m crazy because you don’t get better as you get older. I’m a young man, but I’m experienced.
On what fans will see on Sept. 11: “They’ll see a faster, stronger Erik Morales, who is absolutely going to rock the ring and have everybody say, ‘There he is, he never left.’
On the importance of the date and fight card: “For me, the reason Sept. 11 is so important, this is about Mexican Independence, this is about the Mexican Revolution. It becomes so important in boxing because Mexicans have distinguished themselves in boxing more than any other sport and have produced more world champions and the greatness of the Mexican fighter is renowned. Now, all that comes together, in one night. This event is so big that it requires four promoters to come together and put this together.
“Mexican Fiesta, presented by Grupo Empresarial Matiz, is being distributed live (Sept. 11, 2010) in the United States by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 9 PM/ET – 6 PM/PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view for a suggested retail price of only $29.95.
WBC DIAMOND SUPER LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP – MAIN EVENT – 12 ROUNDS
ERIK “Terrible MORALES WILLIE “Hands of Steel LIMOND
Former 3-Division World Champion World Boxing Union Lightweight Champion
WBC Intercontinental Welterweight Champion/WBA #6 Former British Empire Lightweight Champion
Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
49-6 (34 KOs) 33-2 (8 KOs)
WBC INTERNATIONAL FLYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP – CO-FEATURE – 12 ROUNDS
EDGAR SOSA ANDREA SARRITZU
Former WBC Flyweight Champion/IBF #6 European Flyweight Champion/WBC #4
Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico Quartu Sant’Elena, Sardegna, Italy
39-6 (23 KOs) 34-4-4 (12 KOs)
WBC WORLD CUP WOMEN’S SUPER FLYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP – 10 ROUNDS
ANN MARIE “La Guerrera TORRES ALESIA “The Tigress GRAF
WBC Female Super Flyweight Champion WIBF & GBU Female Super Flyweight Champion
Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico Stuttgart, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany
21-3-2 (13 KOs) 24-1 (9 KOs)
WBC YOUTH FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP – 12-ROUNDS
JUAN CARLOS “Miniburgos BURGOS JOAN de GUAI
WBC CABOFE Featherweight Champion Filipino Upset Specialist
Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico Metro Manila, Philippines
24-0 (16 KOs) 7-10-4 (2 KOs)
WBC SILVER LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP – 12 ROUNDS
DANIEL “Tremendo ESTRADA REY SANCHEZ
WBC CABOFE Lightweight Champion WBC Continental Americas Lightweight Champion
Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
23-1-1 (19 KOs) 19-3-1 (11 KOs)
WBC YOUTH LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP – 10 ROUNDS
RAMON “Nino de Oro AYALA ARMANDO “El Policia CORDOBA
WBC World Youth Lightweight Champion Former NABA & Panamanian Super Featherweight Champion
Tlaxcala, Tlaxcala, Mexico Tampa, Florida by way of Panama
18-1-1 (8 KOs) 24-40-3 (18 KOs)