Search On For New Morales Foe As Matthysse Pulls Out Of Sept.17th Fight

by James Slater: As fans may have already read, Argentine slugger Walter Matthysse has had to withdraw from his Sep.17th clash with Mexican legend Erik Morales, because of a viral infection. The search is now on for a late replacement for "El Terrible." Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer has confirmed that Morales will still fight on the card, and that a suitable opponent is hoped to be announced soon.

It shows you the real warrior mentality Morales has, in how he immediately asked for Marcos Maidana to replace Matthysse. Upon hearing that the Argentine had fallen out of the fight, "El Terrible" had Maidana's name on his mind and his alone. It would, of course, prove to be asking for too much. For although Maidana recently saw a fight of his own fall through (Vs. Robert Guerrero) and needed a replacement of his own, he has found one in little-known Petr Petrov, 29-2-2 (13), who "El Chino" will face in his homeland on Sept 23rd. It is a pity Maidana did not agree to face Morales in a sequel of their terrific April battle.

So just who will Morales face on the upcoming "Star Power" show that will be topped by Floyd Mayweather against Victor Ortiz?

According to Schaefer, in talking to, Britain's Anthony Crolla - a man who was once set for a fight with Morales only to see his big chance pass - may get the fight with the Mexican icon after all.

Whoever can be found at short notice, fans should be pleased that Morales will at least be fighting someone. The 35-year-old could easily have remained idle and waited for another date, but, time not on his side, Erik chose to keep his date.

Crolla is a young, hungry and talented fighter: maybe this pulling out by Matthysse will work in his favour big time? Could "Million Dollar" get the fight he once had in his sights and make the most of it by upsetting Morales?

Schaefer said he hopes to announce Morales' new opponent in the next 24-hours.

Article posted on 09.09.2011

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