Erik Morales getting ready for Danny Garcia bout on March 24th

World Boxing Council (WBC) light welterweight champion Erik "Terrible" Morales (52-7, 36KOs) is heavily entrenched in the Otomi Mountains of south central Mexico on the second leg of his training camp for his upcoming 1st defense of his title when he faces undefeated Danny "Swift" Garcia (22-0, 14KOs) of Philadelphia, PA. The twelve round bout will be held at the Reliant Arena in Houston, Texas, on Saturday, March 24th, and televised live by HBO. The fight card that also features light middleweight James Kirkland versus Carlos Molina will be presented by Golden Boy Promotions.

After capturing the WBC 140 lbs. title last March, Morales of Tijuana, Mexico, found himself in camp this past December for a January return but had to postpone after emergency gall bladder surgery. Now completely healed, Morales is set to resume his career. The twenty-three year old Garcia will be taking a considerable step when he faces the four time champion in as many divisions. In his last bout, Garcia defeated via split decision former champion Kendall Holt to capture the vacant WBO Inter-Continental title. Garcia also owns wins over former lightweight champion Nate Campbell and tough Mike Amaoutis.

Morales won his first title in 1997 by stopping Daniel Zaragoza for the WBC 122. strap. He then went on to win titles at featherweight and super featherweight along with his current light welterweight crown on his way to becoming one of the most celebrated Mexican fighters in history.

Making his permanent training camp at the Otomi Ceremonial Center near Temoaya, Mexico, since '96, Morales is joined by his father and trainer Jose "Olivaritos" Morales, assistant trainer Fernando Fernandez, personal assistant and driver "Choko" Murrillo and super flyweight Ivan "Niņo Maravilla" Morales (16-0, 11KOs), Erik's younger brother who will be making his stateside debut on the under card of March 24th. Early next week Morales will begin his sparring sessions, flying in several sparring partners from different points of Mexico.


Ontario, CA (February 23) - It's on! Tomorrow, Friday, February 24 Thompson Boxing Promotions stable of fighters will face off against dangerous and daring opponents in what will be an electric night of boxing. The sold out night of the "New Blood" fight card will take place at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California and will showcase
Artemio Reyes, Aron Martinez, Efrain Esquivias, Richard Contreras and Sindy Amador

Bouts subject to change. Doors open at 6:30 pm, and the first bell rings at 7:45 pm. The Doubletree Hotel is located at 222 North Vineyard Avenue in Ontario. The hotel phone number is 909-937-0900.

Tickets for "NEW BLOOD" are priced at $75, $45, and $30. They are available now and may be purchased by calling 714-935-0900.

Artemio Reyes - 147 lbs.
Victor Hugo Correa - 156 lbs.

Aron Martinez - 147 lbs.
Dashon Johnson - 147 lbs.

Efrain Esquivias - 123 lbs.
Adolfo Landeros - 124 lbs.

Richard Contreras - 121.5 lbs.
Daniel Quevedo - 122 lbs.

Rigoberto Flores - 141.5 lbs
Alonso Loeza - 141 lbs.

Sindy Amador - 107 lbs.
Gloria Salas - 108 lbs.

Louis Rose - 159.5 lbs.
Erick Prado - 162 lbs.

Main event fighters final thoughts:

Artemio "King" Reyes:

"I plan to put on a great performance. Go out there and show that I have improved over all since my last fight against Javier Molina. I have to constantly work on improving. There is always mistakes that are made and I plan on showing that I have improved. My plan of attack is to go into his body and wear him out. Ready for the long haul of a 10 round fight but if a knockout comes I'll take it.

Victor Hugo Correa:

"I am mad at myself that I disappointed the promoter. I have been fighting a cold over the last week which stopped the last leg of my preparation. I have no excuses. I just want to do my best tomorrow and win.

Aron "El Asesino" Martinez:

"I'm going to put pressure on Johnson. I am expecting him to be fast. I sparred with quick type fighters at the Maywood Boxing Gym. He better be ready for me becasue I can Box and Brawl. For his sake he better not just expect me to be a brawler because I can box too. I'm not one dimensional. I have been keeping busy in the gym and haven't had really any down time in terms of training so I am ready."

Dashon Johnson:

"I know that Martinez has been a professional for a long time. His experience doesn't mean much to me because I am younger, stronger and faster. I have got everything leaning my way for this fight. I am going to work his body towards the early and apply pressure to his body and in the later rounds I will take him out. I know he'll have ring rust since he hasn't fought since July. AlI together I am not worried and can handle Martinez because I have fought tougher people and have had better opposition on my resume."

Efrain Esquivias:

"I am excited about tomorrow night and the fan support that has been building up but I am in control of my emotions. I look forward to hearing their cheers because it's what pumps me up to work harder. I am expecting Landeros to keeps his guard up so I am going to put pressure and throw a lot of punches to his body. He is also going to try to catch me between shots but I can handle that with my speed. This is my first fight without Freddie Roach in my corner but I am not concerned because I hav Manny Robles who coached for Matadors. He trains similarly to Roach. My team and I have a lot of respect for Roach but he had to many fighters to train and with Manny I am #1 on his list. "

"Landeros, be ready punches and bunches and many different angles."

Adolfo Landeros:

"I am going to come out attacking and take advantage of the fact that he has no experience. I am going to draw upon my experience to get this win. I am expecting him to be a hard hitter but I can handle him because the quality of fighters that I have fought in the past have been world champion caliber and the quality of opponents that he has fought doesn't match up to who I have faced in the ring."


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Doors 7pm, First Bell 8pm
Tickets/Information 312-226-5800

Adrian Granados, 143 vs. Jamie Herrera, 144
Edner Cherry, 130 vs. Guillermo Sanchez, 130
Paul Littleton, 162.5 vs. Cesar Martinez, 161
Dimar Ortuz, 195.5 vs. Francois Russell, 194
Junior Wright, 183 vs. Rogelio Saldana, 178.5
Juan Bustamante, 130 vs. Ryan Strickland, 125
Curtis Tate, 258 vs. Alejandro Otero, 211

(Bouts in order from last to first, top to bottom)

Article posted on 24.02.2012

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