Argentine boxer Marcos Maidana won by points to defeat five time world champion Erik Morales on Saturday, winning the vacant interim WBA Super Lightweight title. Two judges gave the match a 116-112 for the Argentine boxer and one gave the match a 114. He credits the win to adequate preparation, knowing that he was going to be a tough opponent in Morales.

“This was my toughest fight yet,” the Argentine boxer said. “But I knew it would be difficult so I trained hard and was prepared. … The fight was close but I came on strong in the end and feel I won the fight.”

He wasn’t wrong. Maidana came out stronger in the first round, and dominated the Mexican boxer in the succeeding rounds. By the end of the second round Morales’ right eye was swollen. The five time world champion came into the match the underdog, being a few years past his prime. However, he rallied in the next rounds, keeping a tight score and handed out a few good punches.

“He may have won a close fight but it wasn’t a clean win for him,” Morales commented later after the match. “I landed the better punches. I thought I won. I know I still had speed and velocity, but more importantly I had heart.”

Maidana thanked the crowd after the victory.

“I am very happy to have won the [WBA interim super lightweight] title. We knew that Erik Morales was a great warrior and he was going to give a great fight. I never thought it was going to be an easy fight. I was expecting a war and that is exactly what happened.”

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