Another Morales on his way up

August, 8, 2012
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Erik Morales, a four-division titleholder, is one of the greatest fighters in the history of Mexico, a nation that certainly has produced its share of boxing legends.

Younger brother Diego Morales had his own share of success, briefly holding a junior bantamweight belt in 1999.

Now their baby brother, Ivan Morales, is on his way up.

In recent years, Erik Morales has done his business with Golden Boy Promotions. On Wednesday, Ivan, a 20-year-old aspiring junior bantamweight prospect, signed with Golden Boy.

"As the brother of Erik and Diego Morales, you know that Ivan Morales learned to fight from the best, but he's proven himself in the ring as well and I can't wait to see how far he can go in the future," Golden Boy president Oscar De La Hoya said. "When you mix his technical skills, power and speed with his youth and determination, I have no doubt that Ivan will eventually be a world champion in multiple divisions."

Morales (17-0, 12 KOs), a southpaw, turned pro in 2009 and is being brought along slowly, but his goal is to join his brothers in winning a world title.

"Everyone knows that the best fighters in the world are on the Golden Boy team, and I'm proud to be associated with them," Morales said. "It's an honor and I'm willing to put in the work and fight anyone they put in front of me to get there."

Erik Morales' nickname is "El Terrible," and Ivan goes by "Terrible II." I had a chance to meet him in March while covering Erik's loss to Danny Garcia in Houston. Ivan came across as a personable, outgoing young man -- far more so than the often-stoic Erik. He can fight a bit, too, so it'll be fun watching him continue to develop.

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