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In a night that was full of upsets, David Morrell Jr. made a statement after knocking out Mario Cazares just two minutes into the first round.
Morrell has knocked out his opponents in four of his first five fights.
Despite coming Cazares off of an upset win against Julio Cesar Chavez via technical decision, the oddsmakers had him as a significant underdog at +825.
On the other hand, Morrell was heavily favored by the oddsmakers, coming in at -2500, and it showed in the ring. Morrell came off as an interim champion back in August 2020 and has shown no signs of slowing down. He captured the world belt soon after that, just three fights into his professional career.
Morrell came out swinging and displayed his southpaw style, landing blow after blow by moving Cazares to the ropes. Cazares knew he was outclassed and resorted to questionable tactics. Cazares landed a rabbit punch early in the round which forced referee, Mark Nelson, to warn the fighters.
Immediately after the bout, Morrell said that he did not expect the match to end so quickly. Morrell continued to say that he knew as soon as Cazares entered the ring that he was not ready for him.
The event marked the first primetime showcase for Morrell while he also claimed his upgrade from interim middleweight titleist to world middleweight titleist.
Cazares, meanwhile, suffered his first loss in the middleweight division after the knockout. His record now stands at 12-1.
After the fight, Morrell said that he was ready to take on Caleb Plant. Plant is ranked the second best middleweight boxer and has held the super middleweight title since 2019.