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He was a world boxing champion, received a beating from Chino Maidana and is now dedicated to politics

He was a world boxing champion, received a beating from Chino Maidana and is now dedicated to politics

Find out who this boxer is who faced Maidana, beat Pacquiao, was world champion and is now a politician.

Marcos “Chino” Maidana He was one of the last great boxers our country had. The man from Santa Fe, who today works as a promoter and organizer of fights, had 40 fights in which he won 35 (31 by knockout) and lost only five (all by decision). However, today we will not talk about “Chino” itself, but about one of the stories of those 35 victories: Erik “The Terrible” Morales.

Érik Morales is a former boxer born on September 1, 1976 in the land of boxers; Tijuana, Mexico. El Terrible had a great step in the world of boxing, achieving a large number of victories in his fights and he was even world champion. However, after hanging up his gloves a few years ago, the former champion’s course turned towards a different destiny. Although a fighter is a fighter all his life, Morales now fights far from the ring, but rather in politics.

Although Morales today dedicates himself to a very different field, the Tijuana native left a great mark on the history of boxing in his country. He maybe he is not as recognized as Julio Cesar Chavez, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, Carlos Zarate, among others. However, whenever it is a world champion you have to have respect and today’s deputy had great achievements, breaking incredible records.

What was Erik Morales’ boxing career like?

They say, like wood, like wood; The Terrible Morales followed in the footsteps of his father, Jose Morales, who was also a boxer. At the age of 16, Morales made his professional debut in the world of boxing on March 29, 1993. After the victory against José Luis OjerelMorales had a career of great success.

He had an undefeated record of 41 fights, until one day in 2002 he had to lose against another great Mexican boxer called Marco Antonio Barrera (boxer whom Morales had previously beaten twice). Among the great boxers he has faced, and also the great victories he was able to achieve, Erik measured himself against Manny Pacquiao, Jesús Chávez, Carlos Hernández, Junior Jones, Wayne McCullough, Daniel Zaragoza and Kevin Kelley.

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On October 20, 2012, El Terrible had his last fight with the American Danny Garcia where he ended up falling by KO. The Tijuana native closed his career with 61 fights: 52 wins (36 by KO) and 9 falls.

After his retirement, Erik Morales entered the great boxing history of his country. El Terrible was the first Mexican boxer to be champion in four different categories (super bantamweight, featherweight, superfeatherweight, and superlightweight). His record includes two WBC and WBO super bantamweight titles, 2 WBC featherweight belts, 2 super featherweight titles (WBC and IBF) and a WBC super lightweight belt. Additionally, Erik Morales entered the New York Hall of Fame in June 2018.

Erik Morales ventures into Mexican politics

Once he hung up his gloves, El Terrible decided to change his scene and no longer be involved in the world of boxing. In 2018 he began his career in politics and was elected as a deputy in the federal elections held in Mexico that year. Some time later, he assumed his role as Director of Sports and Physical Culture of Baja California, a position in which he provided support and financing to high-performance athletes.

At the end of last year, Erik Morales presented himself as a possible candidate for mayor of Tijuana. However, the “Morena” political party did not choose the former boxer to be the candidate to run in the elections to be held next month.

Source: Ambito

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