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WBO, WBA Titles on the Line at Pond

October 12, 2002|Paul Gutierrez

Two titles will be on the line tonight at the Arrowhead Pond with World Boxing Organization welterweight champion Antonio Margarito and World Boxing Assn. flyweight champion Eric Morel defending their respective belts.

Margarito (26-3, 18 knockouts), of Tijuana, will defend his title for the first time against Danny Perez (27-2, 17 KOs), of El Cajon, in the Showtime main event.

"I've worked very hard to get the belt and I intend to keep it a long time," said Margarito, who won his title with a 10th-round technical knockout of Antonio Diaz on March 16.

Morel (31-0, 17 KOs), of Madison, Wis., faces No. 1-ranked Kaowichit Dankaosaen (20-0, eight KOs), of Thailand, in Morel's fourth title defense of the 112-pound championship.

Huntington Beach light heavyweight Julio Gonzalez (30-1, 20 KOs), whose lone loss was to Roy Jones last summer, will also fight on the six-fight card dubbed Latin Fury II.

Doors open at 5 p.m. with the televised portion of the card scheduled to begin at 7. Tickets, which begin at $20, can be purchased at the Pond box office or by calling (714) 740-2000.

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