On an evening crammed with upsets, David Morrell ended that pattern in emphatic fashion.
The unbeaten Cuban southpaw offered a thrill for his native followers in his adopted Minneapolis hometown following a sensational first-round knockout win of unbeaten Mario Cazares. A straight left hand flattened Cazares, offering an prompt finish at 2:23 of spherical one as Morrell made the primary protection of his WBA “World” tremendous middleweight title Sunday night at The Armory in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The particular Sunday version of PBC on Fox noticed unbeaten prospects undergo losses in three straight bouts previous the principle occasion. Leon Lawson III, Omar Juarez and Efetobor Apochi all fell brief in fights they had been closely favored to win, although Apochi’s cut up choice loss to undefeated Brandon Glanton got here in a Combat of the 12 months contender within the night’s chief assist that threatened to supply a tricky act to observe.
Morrell gladly accepted that problem.
Cazares appeared to make issues as uncomfortable as attainable for Morrell, hoping to catch lightning in a bottle following an upset win over Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. final September. The unbeaten tremendous middleweight from Culiacan, Mexico repeatedly tied up Morrell after getting caught with a left hand early of their foremost occasion. Morrell—a 23-year-old Cuban who relocated to Minneapolis in 2019—wasn’t with out flaw, touchdown a rabbit punch halfway by means of the opening spherical, to the chagrin of referee Mark Nelson who warned each fighters to maintain it clear.
Morrell heeded the recommendation and closed the present quickly thereafter.
Motion moved to the ropes, with Cazares in retreat and conscious of Morrell’s energy. A straight left hand by Morrell arrange a follow-up left, inflicting Cazares’ proper leg to fold beneath him as he collapsed to the canvas. The scary sequence was sufficient to immediate an instantaneous stoppage, a lot to the delight of the sellout and rabid crowd.
Cazares comes up miserably brief in his U.S. debut, falling to 12-1 (5KOs) with the knockout loss.
Morrell cruises to 5-0 (4KOs) with the win, his third straight on Fox’s flagship community. His first primetime community look noticed the beginning of his present title reign, claiming a 12-round unanimous choice win over unbeaten Lennox Allen final August in Los Angeles. The win got here on the undercard of Circle of Self-discipline fitness center stablemate and rising welterweight Jamal James, with each fighters profitable interim titles on the Fox present.
Morrell has since obtained an improve from WBA “Interim” to “World” tremendous middleweight titlist following Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez’s dominant 12-round win over Callum Smith of their December 2019 title consolidation conflict. One week after Alvarez-Smith, Morrell entered a non-title combat with Mike Gavronski, scoring a third-round knockout of their mismatch final December 26 at Shrine Auditorium & Expo Corridor in Los Angeles.
Each Fox appearances in 2020 happened behind closed doorways, with Sunday’s affair coming in stark distinction with a packed home available. The occasion marked the primary boxing present to happen at The Armory since August 2019, with Morrell making his professional debut on the undercard.
It was additionally the primary boxing card in Minneapolis for the reason that pandemic, with town receiving worldwide consideration following the homicide of George Floyd by the hands of disgraced law enforcement officials final Could. Two of one of the best lively fighters in Minneapolis, James and Morrell did their metropolis proud with separate wins on the primary post-pandemic PBC on Fox present, with Morrell persevering with so as to add to their fitness center’s storied legacy by means of simply 5 professional fights.
Jake Donovan is a senior author for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox