The hard hitting 24-year-old bantamweight David Sanchez (30-4-2, 23 KOs) used his power punching attack to defeat 28-year-old journeyman Alejandro “Terrible” Morales (15-9, 7 KOs) in stopping him in the 2nd round last Friday night at the Arena Solidaridad in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico.
Sanchez dropped Morales with a huge body shots in round 2. The fight was then stopped by the referee, as Morales was too hurt to continue fighting. The official time of the stoppage was at 2:42 of the 2nd round.
For Sanchez, this victory gets him back in the win column following his 4th round stoppage defeat at the hands of the unbeaten Luis Nery last July. Sanchez’s once promising career has taken a hit as of late with him losing his interim World super flyweight title to Luis Concepcion by a 10 round stoppage in September 2015. Sanchez has lost two out his last four fights. Sanchez’s other win came against Eleazar Valenzuela (12-3-2) in beating him by a narrow eight round split decision last February.
Sanchez plans on fighting in February, and he hopes to get a title shot against one of the champions in the bantamweight division in 2017. It’s going to be tough on Sanchez to try and win a world title, because he’s shown in his losses to Concepcion and Niery that he’s not quite a big enough puncher and doesn’t have the chin that he needs for him to beat any of the current champions at bantamweight or at super flyweight. Those divisions are stacked with talented fighters, and they have very good champions at the money.
Most of Sanchez’s success in his career has taken place at super flyweight. He picked up a lot of wins in that division since turning pro in 2008. Unfortunately for Sanchez, the super flyweight division has improved greatly in recent years with Roman Garcia, Carlos Cuadras, Khalid Yafai, Jerwin Acajas and Naoya Inoue occupying top spots in the division. Those guys are going to be next to impossible for Sanchez to beat. The same can be said about the top bantamweight champions Shinsuke Yamanaka, Rau-shee Warren, Jamie McDonnell, Lee Haskins and Marlon Tapales. Those are all good fighters that Sanchez would have problems trying to beat.
Sanchez needs to improve his punching power for him to be able to have a chance of beating the top guys in the 115 and 118lb divisions. Sanchez can’t do anything about his hand speed. He’s never going to be a fighter with blazing speed. But, he can improve his punching power if he improves his technique. Even if Sanchez’s power is increased by a small percentage, it might be all he needs for him to take his career to the next level.