18 years ago today: Marco Antonio Barrera and Erik Morales fight the first of their three great wars

Erik Morales - Las Vegas, February 19, 2000. Mexican warriors Marco Antonio Barrera and Erik Morales collided for the first of three epic ring wars. Morales at the time was the new star of the 122 pound weight class and he was undefeated. He was the favorite in the match-up with Barrera for a number of reasons: one of these being the fact that Barrera has twice been beaten, by Junior Jones; who has actually stopped Barrera in their first fight. These defeats remained vivid in the minds of fight fans, and Morales of Tijuana was expected to dispatch his rival who hailed from Mexico City.

Las Vegas, February 19, 2000. Mexican warriors Marco Antonio Barrera and Erik Morales collided for the first of three epic ring wars. Morales at the time was the new star of the 122 pound weight class and he was undefeated. He was the favorite in the match-up with Barrera for a number of reasons: one of these being the fact that Barrera has twice been beaten, by Junior Jones; who has actually stopped Barrera in their first fight. These defeats remained vivid in the minds of fight fans, and Morales of Tijuana was expected to dispatch his rival who hailed from Mexico City.

Read more18 years ago today: Marco Antonio Barrera and Erik Morales fight the first of their three great wars

Erik Morales, Ronald “Winky” Wright, Vitali Klitschko elected into Boxing Hall of Fame

Erik Morales - It has been confirmed how modern day greats Erik Morales, Ronald “Winky” Wright and Vitali Klitschko have been voted into the 2018 Hall of Fame. This year proved to be an especially tough year for those people privileged enough to vote, as just three greats from the modern category (last bout no earlier than the year 1989) would be put through to receive immortality at Canastota.

It has been confirmed how modern day greats Erik Morales, Ronald “Winky” Wright and Vitali Klitschko have been voted into the 2018 Hall of Fame. This year proved to be an especially tough year for those people privileged enough to vote, as just three greats from the modern category (last bout no earlier than the year 1989) would be put through to receive immortality at Canastota.

Read moreErik Morales, Ronald “Winky” Wright, Vitali Klitschko elected into Boxing Hall of Fame

Ricky Hatton, Vitali Klitschko, Ivan Calderon, Erik Morales, Winky Wright all added to Hall Of Fame ballot for 2018

Erik Morales - The ballot sheets are out for the 2018 Hall of Fame, with voters having to make the agonising decision of picking just five fighters from the list of 32 – with just three of these fighters going through.

The ballot sheets are out for the 2018 Hall of Fame, with voters having to make the agonising decision of picking just five fighters from the list of 32 – with just three of these fighters going through.

This, as ESPN writer Dan Rafael explains, means two of the above new additions on the ballot – Hatton, Klitshko, Calderon, Morales, Wright – will be left out. Each of the above five fighters is absolutely deserving of being enshrined at Canastota, and as Rafael says in a tweet, it will be “brutal” making his decision this year.

Read moreRicky Hatton, Vitali Klitschko, Ivan Calderon, Erik Morales, Winky Wright all added to Hall Of Fame ballot for 2018