A replacement has been found for this Saturday’s Erik Morales bout in Mexico. Original opponent, Jorge Barrios, was refused permission to leave his native Argentina due to a pending aggravated homicide case.
Taking Barrios’ place will be The Dominican Republic’s Francisco Lorenzo (35-8, 16 KOs).
Lorenzo, a pro for 10 years, holds noteworthy wins over Nate Campbell and Cristobal Cruz (Twice), but is most famous for his controversial DQ win over Humberto Soto in a 2008 bout for the interim WBC super featherweight title. In that contest, Lorenzo was on his way to a TKO loss, but referee Joe Cortez would disqualify Soto for hitting the challenger while down on one knee. (Due to the controversy, the WBC refused to award Lorenzo the title and ordered an immediate rematch, which Soto won via unanimous decision.)
Lorenzo has also been in the ring with Jorge Linares in 2010 (Majority Decision Loss) and Roman “Rocky” Martinez in 2007 (Split Decision Loss). His last fight was a TKO 7 victory in October of this year against Ambiorix Ciriaco (1-5) in his native, San Cristobal, Dominican Republic.