Erik "El Terrible" Morales, the 33-year-old Mexican star, will fight once again on September 11 in Mexico City when he faces Willie Limond on Integrated Sports PPV. The show will be priced at $29.95, and no undercard has been made official at this time.
Morales (49-6, 34 KO) returned in March after having not fought since 2007, beating Jose Alfaro by 12-round unanimous decision. The former super bantamweight and featherweight standout made his return at welterweight, and will fight Limond at welterweight, too. The WBC is even lining up Morales for a title shot in the future, it would appear, by putting their "International welterweight title" at stake in the bout.
Limond (33-2, 8 KO) is probably best known on this side of the Atlantic for his July 2007 fight against and loss to a still-rising Amir Khan. The feather-fisted Limond managed to put Khan on the deck in that bout, but was overwhelmed otherwise. All of his notable fights have taken place at 135 or 130, so he's not really a welterweight, but then neither is Morales.
Limond hasn't fought since last November, when he beat a tomato can who came in with a 3-54-3 record in Glasgow, his hometown.
There is some risk here for Morales, I think. Limond may be no world contender, but he's a decent boxer, more honed than Jose Alfaro, and knows that with the British boxing press reacting the way they often do, a win over even this very faded version of Morales would be a step right back into at least the top domestic ranks for him. He'd get a money fight back at home with a win against Morales.
Before returning this year, Morales had lost four in a row and five of his last six, with his sole win in the second half of the decade being a defeat of Manny Pacquiao in their first bout. That was the last time Pacquiao lost a fight, and Manny avenged it twice over his rival. He has also lost to Zahir Raheem in what was a major upset, and then in what was to be his final bout, to David Diaz. His other two losses came to his fierce rival, Marco Antonio Barrera.
Limond's loss to Khan was his last, but he was also stopped in the eighth round by Alex Arthur in 2003. The Scot doesn't have what you would really call any true, standout victories, with his best wins coming over the likes of Joshua Allotey and Kevin O'Hara.
Currently, BoxRec.com has two listed undercard fights for the night, but neither are official as far as I know. Jhonny Gonzalez is listed against unbeaten Juan Carlos Burgos in what could be a decent enough reason for someone to order the show, and super flyweight titlist Hugo Cazares is listed against Alberto Rossel of Peru.
The fight joins a very busy day and night around the globe for boxing. Also on September 11, Wladimir Klitschko faces Samuel Peter in a rematch for the world heavyweight championship; Yuriorkis Gamboa meets Orlando Salido on HBO Boxing After Dark, with lightweights Anthony Peterson and Brandon Rios in the co-feature; and Steve Molitor faces Jason Booth in the U.K.