Michael Rosenthal

Morel stops Maldonado after four

Former flyweight titleholder Eric Morel stopped veteran Luis Maldonado after four rounds in a scheduled 10-round junior featherweight bout Friday in Indio, Calif., on Telefutura.

Morel (44-2, 22 knockouts) put Maldonado down in the first round and quickly broke him down, prompting referee Raul Caiz to stop the fight.

The former U.S. Olympian has now won nine consecutive fights since he return to boxing in 2008 after a stint in prison for sexual assault.

Maldonado, a three-time title challenger from Mexico, has now lost four consecutive fights.

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