Eric Morel

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Eric Morel
Statistics
Real name Eric Arturo Morel
Nickname(s) Little Hands Of Steel
Rated at Bantamweight
Height 5 feet 6.5 inches (1.689 m)
Reach 70 in (177.8 cm)
Nationality Puerto Rico Puerto Rican
Born (1975-01-10) January 10, 1975 (age 39)
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 48
Wins 45
Wins by KO 21
Losses 4
Draws 0
No contests 0

Eric Arturo Morel (born October 10, 1975 in San Juan, Puerto Rico) is a Puerto Rican professional boxer. He is a former World Boxing Association (WBA) flyweight (112 lb) champion.

Amateur career[edit]

Morel had an outstanding amateur career, and was the National Golden Gloves Light Flyweight Champion in 1994. He also was a member of the 1996 US Olympic Team as a Flyweight. His result was:

Lost to Maikro Romero (Cuba) 12-24

Professional career[edit]

Flyweight[edit]

"Little Hands Of Steel" turned professional in 1996 and won his first 33 bouts, including the WBA World Flyweight title with a decision win over Sornpichai Kratingdaenggym in 2000 and the IBA World Super Flyweight title in 1998 against Jose Victor Burgos. He defended the belt five times with wins over Gilberto Keb Baas, Denkaosan Kaovichit, and Isidro García before losing it to Lorenzo Parra by decision in 2003.

Super Flyweight[edit]

He then moved up in weight and took on WBA Super Flyweight title holder Martin Castillo in 2005, but lost a decision. Morel was scheduled to fight Z Gorres for the interim WBO bantamweight title on November 14, 2009, but after the latter's last fight, he (Gorres) suffered a major injury that delayed his boxing career, so the fight was called off. He then returned to the ring against Gerry Penalosa February 13, 2010; That ended in a win for Eric Morel, lifting the interim WBO bantamweight world championship. He then deafted Juan Jose Beltran December 11, 2010 as an 2-0 record since his return. His next and latest match was against Luis Maldonado April 1, 2011; That now has his record at 3-0 since his return from injury.

Professional boxing record[edit]

45 Wins (23 knockouts), 4 loss(s), 0 Draw, 0 No Contest
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Loss 46-4 Mexico Leo Santa Cruz RTD 5 2012-09-15 United StatesMGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada IBF Batamweight World title on the line.
Loss 46-3 Mexico Abner Mares UD 12 2012-04-21 United StatesDon Haskins Convention Center, El Paso, Texas WBC World Super Batamweight World title on the line.
Win 46-2 Mexico Jose Silveira TKO 4 (10) 2011-12-03 United StatesHonda Center, Anaheim, California
Win 45-2 Mexico Daniel Quevedo TKO 4 (10) 2011-08-13 United StatesHard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 44-2 MexicoLuis Maldonado TKO 4 (10) 2011-04-01 United StatesFantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California
Win 43-2 Mexico Juan Jose Beltran UD 8 2010-12-11 United StatesEmerald Queen Casino, Tacoma, Washington
Win 42-2 Philippines Gerry Penalosa SD 12 2010-02-13 United StatesLas Vegas Hilton, Las Vegas, Nevada Won interim WBO Bantamweight title.
Win 41-2 NicaraguaRoberto Bonilla UD 10 2009-03-28 Puerto RicoColiseo Ruben Rodriguez, Bayamon, Puerto Rico
Win 40-2 Mexico Ricardo Vargas TKO 1 (10) 2008-12-13 Puerto RicoColiseo Jose Miguel Agrelot, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico
Win 39-2 Mexico Heriberto Ruiz UD 12 2008-08-30 Puerto RicoColiseo Ruben Rodriguez, Bayamon, Puerto Rico Won vacant WBO Inter-Continental Bantamweight title.
Win 38-2 ColombiaJose Garcia Bernal TKO 3 (10) 2008-05-23 Puerto RicoColiseo Antonio R. Barcelo, Toa Baja, Puerto Rico
Win 37-2 Puerto RicoCarlos Valcarcel KO 6 (10) 2008-04-05 Puerto RicoColiseo Roberto Clemente, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Win 36-2 ColombiaFelipe Almanza UD 8 2008-02-08 United StatesMiccosukee Indian Gaming Resort, Miami, Florida
Loss 35-2 Mexico Martin Castillo UD 12 2005-03-19 United StatesMGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada WBA World Super Flyweight World title on the line.
Win 35-1 Mexico Juan Alfonso Keb Baas UD 12 2005-01-29 Puerto RicoColiseo Ruben Rodriguez, Bayamon, Puerto Rico Retained WBO NABO Super Flyweight title.
Win 34-1 Venezuela Jesus Rojas UD 12 2004-03-20 Puerto RicoColiseo Mario 'Quijote' Morales, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico Won WBO NABO Super Flyweight title.
Loss 33-1 Venezuela Lorenzo Parra UD 12 2003-12-06 Puerto RicoColiseo Ruben Rodriguez, Bayamon, Puerto Rico Lost WBA World Flyweight World title.
Win 33-0 Mexico Isidro García UD 12 2003-06-28 Puerto RicoColiseo Ruben Rodriguez, Bayamon, Puerto Rico Retained WBA World Flyweight World title.
Win 32-0 ThailandDenkaosan Kaovichit TKO 11 (12) 2002-10-12 United StatesArrowhead Pond, Anaheim, California Retained WBA World Flyweight World title.
Win 31-0 Ghana Alex Baba UD 10 2002-01-11 Puerto Ricooliseo Héctor Solá Bezares, Caguas, Puerto Rico
Win 30-0 VenezuelaJose de Jesus Lopez RTD 8 (12) 2001-06-08 United StatesHo-Chunk Casino, Baraboo, Wisconsin Retained WBA World Flyweight World title.
Win 29-0 MexicoGilberto Keb Baas UD 12 2000-12-15 United StatesAlliant Energy Center, Madison, Wisconsin Retained WBA World Flyweight World title.
Win 28-0 MexicoAlberto Ontiveros UD 12 2000-10-07 United StatesMGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada Retained WBA World Flyweight World title.
Win 27-0 ThailandSornpichai Kratingdaenggym UD 12 2000-08-05 United StatesAlliant Energy Center, Madison, Wisconsin Won WBA World Flyweight World title.
Win 26-0 MexicoAlberto Ontiveros UD 12 2000-06-03 United StatesDeJope Bingo & Entertainment, Madison, Wisconsin Retained IBA Super Flyweight title.
Win 25-0 MexicoTomás Rivera UD 8 2000-02-12 United StatesBank of America Center, Boise, Idaho
Win 24-0 MexicoOscar Arciniega UD 8 1999-12-04 United StatesEquestrian Center, El Paso, Texas
Win 23-0 MexicoMiguel Ángel Granados UD 12 1999-09-18 United StatesMandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada Retained IBA Super Flyweight title.
Win 22-0 MexicoFrancisco Espitia KO 1 (12) 1999-08-06 United StatesState Fairgrounds, Columbus, Ohio Retained IBA Super Flyweight title.
Win 21-0 MexicoLorenzo Trejo KO 4 (8) 1999-06-12 United StatesFantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California
Win 20-0 ArgentinaJose Rafael Sosa UD 8 1999-04-24 United StatesTingley Coliseum, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Outside the ring[edit]

Shortly after the loss to Castillo, Morel was convicted of sexual assault of a drunken 15-year-old girl and was sent to prison [1]. In July 2007, Morel was granted an early release within 30 days of August 1, 2007 to allow him to serve the remainder of his sentence on extended supervision.

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Preceded by
Sornpichai Kratingdaenggym
Flyweight boxing champion (WBA)
August 5, 2000 - December 6, 2003
Succeeded by
Lorenzo Parra