The double-header featuring RING No. 7-rated junior welterweight Erik Morales, of Mexico, opposite Danny Garcia, of Philadelphia, in addition to junior middleweight Carlos Molina against James Kirkland will be moved to February or March, according to Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer.
The HBO-televised bouts were scheduled for Jan. 28 until gall bladder surgery endured by the 35-year-old Morales (52-7, 36 knockouts) on Wednesday forced Monday’s announcement of his withdrawal from the defense of his WBC belt against Garcia (22-0, 14 KOs).
The four-fight card was slated for the Reliant Arena in Houston, Texas, before Morales had gallstones removed.
“We’re going to postpone the card. The entire card will run on another date either in February or March,” Schaefer told RingTV.com on Tuesday.
“I’m currently talking with HBO and with different venues to see how we can do it and what would be the best date to make it work for everybody. But the entire, four-fight card will definitely happen, it will just have to be at a later date.”
Morales has won four belts over as many different weight classes, the first Mexican to do so. Morales is coming off September’s 10th-round TKO over the previously unbeaten 21-year-old prospect, Pablo Cesar Cano, of Mexico City, to become the first Mexican fighter to win a crown in a fourth weight class.
The 23-year-old Garcia, who is rated No. 9 by THE RING, is coming off a unanimous decision over former titleholder Kendall Holt in October.
Kirkland (30-1, 27 KOs) is coming off an HBO-televised sixth-round knockout of Alfredo Angulo (20-2, 17 KOs), in Cancun, Mexico, on Nov. 5.
Molina (19-4-2, 6 KOs) has an unbeaten streak of 11-0-1 with two knockouts that includes having sandwiched a victory over two-time welterweight beltwinner Kermit Cintron (33-5-1, 28 KOs) in July and a draw with then-unbeaten southpaw Erislandy Lara (15-1-1, 10 KOs) in March around a seventh-round stoppage of Allen Conyers in April.
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