WBA secondary (“world”) super middleweight champion David Morrell Jr will defend his title against Mario Abel Cazares on Sunday, June 27th in Minneapolis.
Morrell (4-0, 3 KO) was last seen in December when he destroyed both Mike Gavronski and a scale, weighing in two pounds heavy before battering Gavronski for three rounds. Morrell won an interim WBA title in just his third professional fight back in August of 2020, then earned a promotion to the WBA’s “World” belt in January. That came alongside an order to fight John Ryder, a matchup that as recently as last month was rumored for the same weekend as this Cazares fight.
Cazares (12-0, 5 KO) took a tremendous leap in profile and marketability after a technical decision victory over Julio Cesar Chavez Jr last September. It was just his second victory over an opponent with a winning record, but it was enough for the WBA to rank him the #15 super middleweight in the world.
Cazares is definitely a step down from the challenge of John Ryder, but we’ve seen worse matchups on Sunday PBC cards. Cazares showed a lot of heart and aggression against Chavez Jr., and his upset victory was as entertaining as any other fight in Chavez’s ongoing end-stage degradation tour.
Morrell is a promising young champion headlining a TV card in just his fifth professional fight. Cazares is a guy in his 30s with a chance at a new career trajectory, and has already shown he’s willing to bring pressure and fight aggressively against a higher profile opponent. Hopefully, we’re in for a lively fight.