Willie Limond has revealed that Erik Morales offered him a rematch after their fight in Mexico City. Morales stopped the Glasgow fighter in the sixth round to claim the WBC Silver light-welterweight title but was so impressed by Limond’s boxing ability that he wants to do it all again.
Limond faced the biggest fight and toughest challenge of his career when he travelled to Central America to take on the three-weight world champion, but despite a strong start Limond was floored on three consecutive occasions in the sixth round, all coming from left hooks to the liver, and the fight was stopped.
Limond was written off as soon as the fight was announced and was expected to be a walking punch-bag for the Mexican boxing legend. However, his brave performance and sharp boxing in the early rounds may have failed to win him the fight but he certainly surprised a few people, including his opponent.
However, the 31-year-old revealed he had struggled breathing during the fourth round and that is when things began to go wrong after such a strong start. The altitude played its part too according to Limond, who had spent five weeks in a simulator to acclimatise himself. He insisted there was nothing like the real thing as he soon found out.
“Ideally I would have been over there four weeks before the fight, but that just wasn’t possible,” said Limond to Clyde One.
Many had expected Limond to hang up his gloves after 11 years as a professional, with the Morales fight being his swan song, but the former Commonwealth lightweight champion hopes to get one more fight by the end of the year before facing Morales for a second time.
According to Limond, Morales also plans one fight before treading the canvas with the Scot for a second time as he masterminds his rise back into world title contention.
It is unlikely that Morales will travel to the UK for the fight so Limond must allow himself plenty of time to adjust to the local setting and then Morales will have a real fight on his hands.
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