Amir Khan vs. Erik Morales: A Proposed "Sizzling" Summer Matchup

Fred KelleyCorrespondent IMay 27, 2011

LAS VEGAS - DECEMBER 11:  (R-L) Marcos Maidana of Argentina connects with a right to the face of Amir Khan of England in the first round during the WBA super lightweight title fight at Mandalay Bay Events Center on December 11, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
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Erik “El Terrible” Morales is attempting a comeback in the sport of boxing.  Most recently, April 9, 2011, Morales entered the squared circle against the hard hitting Argentinean fighter Marcos Maidana.  

At the end of 12 intense rounds referee Tony Weeks raised Maidana’s hand in victory but Morales did not leave with his head held low. 

Morales delivered a great fight and as seen on ring side judge Richard Houck’s score card, Morales came very close to defeating Maidana (114 -114).

I believe Morales showed us two things in his bout with Maidana:

  1. Erik Morales is still a game fighter.  Had it not been for the freak eye injury Morales suffered in the first round of their bout, he may have taken Maidana very easily.
  2. Morales hurt Maidana several times with accurate laser like counter punches and was in the fight the entire 12 rounds without ever being seriously hurt.  What does that say for Khan?

Khan fought Maidana in December 2010.  While Khan narrowly won the fight, he was seriously hurt in Round 10.

In my opinion, Khan was saved several times by referee Joe Cortez who continued to break the fighters as Khan was holding on for dear life; even though Maidana still had a free and was punching.

Moreover, Khan completely dropped his guard and turned his back in retreat after Maidana caught him with another right hand in Round 11.  Cortez did his job and jumped in to save a defenseless fighter, however if Khan can’t intelligently defend himself, Cortez should have given Khan a standing eight-count or call a halt to the contest.

As you can clearly see Khan will not be and has not voiced his desire for a rematch with the Argentinean slugger; so why not Morales?

Both fighters have tentative fight dates at the end of July, with no opponent selected yet. 

Morales would be a good name to add to Khan’s resume, if he can defeat him.

Morales would be a good test for Khan and Khan would be a good test for Morales before either expresses their desire to pursue the pound for pound king Manny Pacquiao.

With the heart Khan showed against Maidana and the warrior Morales has proved himself to be, this proposed matchup has fireworks written all over it.  With a potential up-set over tone.

From this writer’s perspective, this is a match worth lobbying for.