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Eric Morel edges a bloody good Gerry Penalosa!

By Ace Freeman (13-Feb-2010)

Eric Morel W SD12 Gerry Penalosa

Photo: JOEL A. COLÓN / PR BEST BOXING

Former world champion Eric Morel captured the interim WBO bantamweight title with a twelve round spilt-decision over a relentless Gerry Penalosa moments ago on pay-per-view at the Las Vegas Hilton. At the opening bell Morel looked to stick and move while Penalosa took on the role of the aggressor. The early edge went to the Puerto Rican as he appeared a bit more active but the veteran Penalosa was really sitting down on his punches when he was able to land them. The fighters appeared to trade rounds through the middle of the fight.

In Round 6 two accidental clashes of heads left Penalosa with two separate cuts which seemed to bring out a sense of urgency in him. Morel continued to box and move but Penalosa began to catch up with him a bit more often. With the bleeding clearly bothering him, the ‘Fearless’ Pinoy fighter continued to press the action as Morel looked to jab and retreat. Penalosa used his pressure very effectively and continued walking Morel down through the championship rounds. Summoning an extra gear late in the fight Penalosa really ended the bout strong but found himself on the wrong end of a split decision. Two judges had Morel ahead 116-112 and 115-113 while Penalosa was ahead 115-113 on the third and final card. FightFan.com had the bout scored 115-113 for Penalosa.



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  • Anonymous

    ithink PEñaloza won the fight,base on my observation,

  • winrab

    For me Gerry won this fight. The referee spoiled Eric’s dirty moves. Headbutt, lowblow, holding.

    Congrats Gerry.

    winrab

  • junjun

    the judges are sucks sucks.. Peñalosa was the aggessor then he got more rounds . this a good example of a biased judging i completely disapointing this sports cost of a dirty judging staf.. again the judges are suck except one

  • Anonymous

    Morel didnt utilize what he needs to do… i think Penalosa won too… he had a bad cut but sustain it till the last round

  • pacman

    gerry loses this one. morel got the better in the first few rounds then gerry played catch up the rest of the way. morel should have deserve a point deduction.gerry appeared to be the stronger guy in the end.i had it 115-113 for morel. too few punches on the part of penalosa.

  • Richard Smith

    Penalosa clearly won the bout! the two judges are Blind

  • http://fightfan.com Ace Freeman

    I thought Gerry was ahead 7 rounds to 5.

    What a warrior he is. Even with all that bleeding into his eyes he was relentless down the stretch.

    He really took the fight to Morel as the fight was nearing a close in those championship rounds.

    He’s just such a savvy fighter. He stands in the pocket and throws shots with bad intentions.

    To see him still so effective at his age is quite a feat.

  • http://pacland perry ayos

    It looks like it needs an immediate rematch.

  • maGGot_SOUP

    Penalosa is the Winner of this FiGht for me! the 2 Judge scores are Pathetic…. !~

  • Adie

    I think Penalosa won the fight. I still salute Penalosa for his big heart. Mabuhay ang mga Pilipino!!!!!

  • Adie

    Marami pang kailngang gawin si Morales. Kailangan tyga talaga sa training. Dapat gayahin nya si PaCQUIAO sa training at lagi magtiwla sa diyos. I’m still proud to be Pinoy!!! Mabuhay ang Pilipino!!!!

  • ya

    penalosa clearly won the fight

  • pr-rules

    although im happy morel won, i believe penalosa won the close fight.

  • Femmo

    After morel was ahead he didn’t achieve anything ANYTHING Penalosa Bleeding from both eyes won the fight!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    but was robbed I hate boxing for this

  • Femmo

    pr rules much respect to you my man

  • Femmo

    well it looks like everyone in this message board thinks Gerry won the fight!!!!! the ruling shoulkd be changed

  • http://dell.com joao

    penalosa won that fight and everybody knows that! I think penalosa is a cursed fighter or I may say judges really suck at doing their job. This happened to him twice in Korea and also at the Ponce Deleon fight. This is one of Penalosa’s finest performance to remember!

  • Latino

    the referee robbed penalosa

  • pinoy power

    morel deserve to retire than gerry

  • pak-u

    clearly gerry won that fight.
    congrats to gerry.
    biased judging? care to replay.. .

  • pak-u

    ditto femmo!
    how much did the judges recieved?

  • kabute

    Gerry, I hate to say this, is totally washed up. His reflexes are getting slower than ever. He lost his tenacity in the ring. Morel’s back pedalling proved that Gerry may have stamina problem by chasing Morel around.. His dreams of coming back to win a championship is now at a stand still. I may be wrong but he should hang up his gloves for good before he gets hurt seriously.

  • jesse boi

    for me penalosa is the winner..morel punches are landed to the gloves of penalosa.the judges are have a wrong decision

  • duke

    It was close but Gerry should have won but the judges looking at the blood and cuts look at it differently. Gerry was chasing and Morel was holding and throwing low blows. Gerry was stronger than Morel at the later rounds

  • arch7enemy

    lets give credit to morel. it was a great fight, a fun fight to watch. it’s unfortunate gerry lost the first half of the fight that cost him lost some early points. overall its the best fight in the entire card. congratulations to both fighters, they deserve to be the main event.

  • donzky

    Gerry clearly won. He controlled most of the minutes from round 2 to 12. All Morel did was throw a couple of flurries with no sting in the early seconds of every round and run the rest. Throw some low blows and hold Gerry when he is in trouble. Look how Gerry stalk the bigger Morel, a remeniscent of Gerry against Daniel Ponce de Leon. Look at everytime Gerry hits Morel with big body punch, Morel folds. Hats off to Gerry, the fans know who won.

  • Sid

    The two judges favoring Morel are just unbelievable

  • Femmo

    I was surprised at Split!!!!! then Split decision to Morel WTF!

    THERE ARE NO EXCUSES FOR THIS !!!!!!!!!!!

    THERE NEEDS TO BE A RE-RULING OR BOXING REALLY IS FUCKED

  • kellertres

    I have it 8-4 rounds in favor for Gerry. Eric was more agrssive in early rounds and land more but soft punches. Gerry all through the fight land more telling and compelling blows and effective in later rounds.

  • Anonymous

    Judges like these should be banned from the sport. Somebody’s laughing to the bank.

  • juan

    gerry was the aggressor & scored solid punches to the body that clearly slowed down morel, breathing heavily from his mouth, retreating from, holding gerry to tame him.

    the 2 other judges were impressed with morel’s quick but soft punches

  • x

    judges are blind

  • http://philboxing.com Edgar A. de Dios

    To Duane Ford who scored it 116 to 112 for Morel, you better wear glasses if your eyes are now failing you. Or if you’re into glasses, better change it now so that you can see clearly the boxer’s punches. …Too bad you’re making yourself the laughing stock of boxing fans worldwide.

  • http://philboxing.com Edgar A. de Dios

    Kabute, you’re looking at it the wrong way. It should be Morel who ought to retire now. Or, if Mr. Kabute disagrees, it should be him who should retire from watching boxing now…

  • jaypac

    I had gerry by a close one, but I wasn’t surprise that Morel got the nod of the judges.

  • Femmo

    TDecision was bullshit really needs to be a re ruling no fucking rematch Morel doesn’t deserve a rematch just because two judges are clowns

  • badong

    I scored it round by round and I have Gerry won 7-5.
    Gerry won in rnds 5,6,7,9,10,11,12. Gerry was clearly
    the aggressor and he was hitting Morel with a power punch. Morel did nothing, he was on a defensive mode
    from round 5 onwards when he felt Gerry’s body punch.

  • http://yahoo jerry quilaton

    gerry clearly won that fight the referee and the
    judges are blind morel dirty move
    congrats gerry.

  • Pound4poundfan

    Gerry gets robbed again. Starting to sound like a broken record. Gerry has the worst luck in boxing and yet he still manages to capture the hearts of every boxing fan that witnesses his fights. Thank god for Gerry Penalosa.

  • http://aollatino fred

    AS ALWAYS, SOME TV VIEWERS GOT HURT BY WATCHING A PUERTORICAN DO HIS THING, I REFERD TO GOLD MEDALIST FIGHTER ERIC MOREL. I CONSIDDERED THAT MANY PEOPLE WANT TO BE PUERTORICANS BUT THEY JUST DONT HAVE THE COMPLETE PACKAGE. ERIC MOREL WON THE FIGHT.

  • http://AOLLATINO FRED

    MOREL WAS THE UNDER DOG.PEOPLE FORGOT THET JUANMA LOPEZ,BEAT PENALOOSA SO MUCH ON A FIGHT,THAT HE ENDED UP SETTING A NEW RECORD FOR PUNCHING,AND THEN IN THE SAME FIGHT HE BROKE HIS OWN RECORD. I HOPE THAT WHEN MARQUEZ FIGHTS VALEERO ALL YOU GUYS TALK THE SAME WAY. FOR THIS REASON,I USE TO LIKE DIAZ,BUT,MALIGGNAGGY WAS ALWAYS THE BETTER MAN. AND ABOUT PAQUIAO, MAYWEATHER IS THE BEST,NO MATTER IF HE LOSES AGAINST ANYONE. JUST BY PROVING TO THE WORLD THE OBVIOUS ABOUT STERRO-PACMAN.

  • Anonymous

    This should have been a unanimous decision for Eric Morel. He won this fight clearly. Sometimes judges can be biased.

  • Winston

    LOL! Morel having height, reach and age advantage running and dancing like a chicken against an old midget? WTH! Morel should be ashamed to get that decision!

  • ampoy

    gerry connects with more telling blows,while morel threw more punches,it all land on gerry’s gloves,the verdict should be revised,in favor of my longtime idol no other than GERRY”FEARLESS”PENALOSA..

  • rok

    it should have been Unanimous Decision for Gerry, if not for the two blind / bias judges.

  • http://www.fightfan.com hetman

    masmabuti pang tanggapin nalang ng lateno na talo sila ng pinoy,iba talaga ang pinoy,,,rematch..paramasubukan nila ulit.. ang tigas ng pinoy…kamay na bakal….