David Morrell sent a big message with a first round demolition of Mario Cazares in the first defended of his WBA “World” 168 Pound title on Sunday at the Armour.
The night was filled with upsets and Morrell’s victory ended the event in magnificent fashion. A straight right from Morrell sent Cazares crumbling to the canvas at exactly 2:23 of the first round, sending the crowd into a frenzy.
Leon Lawson III, Omar Juarez and Efetobor Apochi all heavily favoured prospects we were all shocked in the build up to the main event. Cazares welcomed the idea of finishing the card with another upset but that failed to materialise as Morrell was going no where without his belt.
Cazares came into the bout on the back of an upset victory over Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and looked set to repeat that feet with a good starting against Morrell. However, Morrell started catching the undefeated Mexican early with straight lefts forcing him to initiate a clinch each time he receives the left.
Things didn’t go fully as planed for the Cuban, who recently adopted Minneapolis as his hometown as one of his punches strayed and drew a warning from the referee. Morrell then forced the challenger to the ropes with his power, cornered him and landed a big left that sent him crumbling to the canvas. The referee viewing the sequence, had no choice but to quickly end the fight.
The 24 year old Morrell, improves to 5-0 with four knockouts in his third straight victory since signing with FOX. Cazares drops to 12-1 with 5 knockouts after losing in his US debut.
Morrell was upgraded from WBA “Regular” to “Super” 168 pound champion after Canelo Alvarez dominated Callum Smith. Morrell a week after fought with Mike Gavronski, whom he knocked out in the third round of that mismatch at the Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall in Los Angeles.