Ivan Morales extended unbeaten record on Golovkin-Monroe undercard
INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Bantamweight prospect Ivan Morales stopped overmatched Danny Flores in the eighth and final round of the main non-televised undercard bout at The Forum.
Morales goes to 28-0, 16 KOs, while Flores drops to 14-7-1, 8 KOs.
With older brother Erik in his corner, the southpaw Morales landed the more-telling blows throughout the bout. Morales dominated, but did not in spectacular fashion as Flores hung in there, landing a punch here and there.
Morales relied on his ring generalship and boxing I.Q. to make up for his lack of speed. He find openings in Flores’ guard, breaking him down with each passing round. As the bout progressed, Flores’ punch output dropped significantly.
A ringside physician checked on Flores after the seventh round, but he allowed the fight to continue. The bout should have stopped then as Morales jumped on Flores at the start of the eighth round. Morales punished Flores until referee Jerry Cantu stepped in and waved the bout over at 47 seconds.
In other bouts:
– Junior lightweight Pedro Duran stopped Daniel Perales in the sixth and final round. Duran (11-0, 8 KOs) dropped Perales in the first round with a right hand to the head. In the sixth round, Duran landed two left hooks to the head that momentarily stunned Perales (5-2, 3 KOs). Referee Wayne Hedgpeth immediately stepped in and stopped the bout at 2:50, bringing a cascade of box from the crowd who thought Perales was able to continue.
– Junior bantamweight Seniesa Estrada dropped Carly Batey (4-5-2) in the fifth round in route to a six round unanimous decision win. All three judges scored the bout in favor of Estrada (4-0, 1 KO), 58-55, 58-55, and 57-56.
– Lightweight Ruslan Madiyev (5-0, 3 KOs) stopped Julio Sanchez (1-2) at 21 seconds of the second round. Madiyev, who also dropped Sanchez in the first round, is trained by Abel Sanchez.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for RingTV since October of 2013 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (CA) Star newspaper, RingTV, and Knockout Nation. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing