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Erik Morales stripped of belt

Updated: March 23, 2012, 8:16 PM ET
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

HOUSTON -- Erik Morales was stripped of his junior welterweight belt when he failed to make the 140-pound limit at Friday afternoon's weigh-in for his first defense against Danny Garcia.

Morales, looking extremely drawn, weighed 142 pounds and never tried to take off the two extra pounds. Instead, he sat down immediately and began drinking water.

Garcia, who scaled 139½ pounds, can win the vacant title when he fights Morales on Saturday night (HBO, 10 ET) at Reliant Arena.

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