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Never Surrender - Morales vs. Ayala

Press Release

November 14, 2002

The Story: Las Vegas, October 1, 2002 - Fighters who come to fight, and give it their all - and Never Surrender.

Erik 'El Terrible' Morales of Tijuana, Mex. and Paulie Ayala of Ft. Worth, Tex., will battle in Never Surrender for the World Boxing Council featherweight world title. This championship card is promoted by Top Rank and will also feature Bones Adams and Guty Espadas at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on Saturday, November 16th.

Bob Arum, president of Top Rank said, "This is a fight we've been talking about for a long time. It's full of intrigue, particularly with the contrast of styles. With a world title on the line I'm certain Erik and Paulie will fight with all their heart."

"The featherweight division continues to provide some of the best and most exciting match-ups in the sport today," said Mark Taffet, HBO SVP of Sports Operations & Pay-Per-View. "Morales and Ayala are sure to give boxing fans their money's worth on November 16th."

Erik Morales (41-1, 31 KOs) says, "Ayala hits harder," but adds, "Ayala has a very big heart and he's always in top condition." Morales will be trying to reclaim his WBC featherweight title, which he vacated following the points loss to Marco Antonio Barrera in their second meeting on June 22. Many ringside press had Morales ahead on points, but Barrera got the call. Morales has fought at the highest level of competition with wins over Barrera, in Ring Magazine’s "Fight of the Year" in 2000, Daniel Zaragoza, Wayne McCullough and Junior Jones.

Paulie Ayala (34-1, 12 KOs) twice defeated Johnny Tapia in thrilling fights and in 1999 was selected the Ring Magazine 'Fighter of the Year." He is an all-heart champion coming off back-to-back victories over rugged Bones Adams. Ayala, left-handed, aims to "out-condition" his challengers and performs at his highest level in rounds 10 to 12.

Bones Adams (41-5-3, 19 KOs) vs. Guty Espadas (35-5, 22 KOs) showcases two former world champions battling it out in this featherweight match-up. Adams is the former WBA super bantamweight champion; Espadas is the former WBC featherweight champion.

Plus, WBC lightweight flyweight champion Jorge Arce, 30-3-1, 22 KOs, will make a title defense. His opponent will be announced.

Tickets for this night of boxing are priced at $300, $200, $100 & $50 and can be purchased at the Mandalay Bay Box Office and all Ticketmaster outlets. To charge by phone call (702) 632-7580. Tickets on sale now.

The MORALES vs. AYALA pay-per-view telecast on November 16th is being produced and distributed by HBO Pay-Per-View and will be available to over 48 million pay-per-view homes. The MORALES vs. AYALA pay-per-view telecast begins at 9pm ET/6 pm PT and carries a suggested retail price of $39.95. HBO Pay-Per-View is the leading supplier of event programming to the pay-per-view industry.


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