Dec 26, 2020 / Shrine Auditorium and Expo Hall, Los Angeles, California
In just his fourth professional fight, Interim WBA Super Middleweight Champion David Morrell Jr. scored a third-round KO in his PBC on FOX main event against Mike Gavronski.
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David Morrell Jr Fights
Win vs Mike Gavronski 26-3-1
Dec 26, 2020 • Shrine Auditorium and Expo Hall, Los Angeles, California
David Morrell Jr. WINS against Mike Gavronski by KO in Round 3 of 10
Win vs Lennox Allen 22-0-1
Aug 08, 2020 • Microsoft Theatre, Los Angeles, California
David Morrell Jr. WINS against Lennox Allen by UD in Round 12 of 12
David Morrell Jr Bio
Unbeaten super middleweight David Morrell Jr. is proof that the future is now. The well-schooled, heavy-handed Morrell is closing in on a world title just two fights into his professional career.
The Street Fighter
Osvary David Morrell Gutierrez Jr. learned to fight in the streets of Santa Clara, Cuba, where he and other youth battled one another in makeshift boxing rings they crafted.
“I had to prove myself doing that up until the time I was about eight years old,” said Morrell, who was born into poverty before he began to use pugilism as an escape. “If you couldn’t fight in the streets, you couldn’t go into any boxing gym. I was able to do that starting at the age of 9.
A 6-foot-1 southpaw, Morrell cemented himself as an international star with an exemplary 135-2 amateur record. His lone setbacks were to countryman Julio Cesar la Cruz, who won an Olympic gold medal, and Canada’s Harley-David O’Reilly, a loss which was later avenged.
Morrell earned Cuban National School Games titles in 2012 and 2014 at 112 and 154 pounds in the under-14 and under-16 categories. He was third and first in the Cuban National Youth Championships in 2015 and 2016 at 165 and 178 pounds as well as a 178-pound Gold Medalist in the 2016 World Youth Under-19 Youth Championships.
Morrell was a 178-pound runner-up at the Cuban National Championships in 2016, a champion in the same weight in that event in 2017, and a Gold Medalist at 178 pounds in the 2018 India Open International Tournament.
Morrell recalled the most painful day of his life: It was three years ago at 5 a.m. that he kissed his mother, Betty, goodbye prior to boarding a boat from Santa Clara, Cuba, for his defection to America.
“The worst thing for me was leaving my family, my mom, she was everything and did everything for me. I was very babied by her. Once I left her, I had to grow up real fast. It was not easy leaving her and my family. I never even got a chance to say goodbye to my little brother, Rafael,” said Morrell, who was wearing only a pair of jeans, a t-shirt, sneakers and a light windbreaker.
A New Home, The Same Results
Morrell began working with the father-son tandem of Sankara and Adonis Frazier, who have trained Minneapolis-based welterweight contender Jamal James. But his ambition hasn’t changed: Family remains the priority. Morrell’s goal is to make enough money boxing so he can legally be reunited with them in the U.S.
“I am very fortunate here in Minnesota, because I have people here who take care of me and I have a sense of family. That I was able to travel internationally opened my eyes to what life was like outside of Cuba,” said Morrell.
Morrell weighed 171 ¼ pounds for his pro debut on August 31, 2019 at the Minneapolis Armory -- a 65-second TKO of Yendris Rodriguez Valdez.
The 22-year-old followed that up in November on FS1, knocking out an opponent in southpaw Quinton Rankin who entered the fight with a 15-6-2 record and had most recently gone the eight-round distance with left-handed former champion Chad Dawson five months before facing Morrell.
“I would describe my style as a mixture of my four favorite fighters,” said Morrell, who was nicknamed, “O.D.” by a trainer perhaps for the initials of the first two of his names. “I’m talking about Mike Tyson, Roy Jones, Sugar Ray Leonard and Roberto Duran.”
A HUGE LEAP
In just his third pro bout, the 22-year-old Morrell captured the interim WBA World Super Middleweight title with an impressive 12-round unanimous decision win over previously-unbeaten Lennox Allen.
Entering the bout, Morrell (3-0, 2 KOs) had fought less than three rounds collectively in his pro career, compared to Allen’s 121. But on this night, the former Cuban amateur standout went a full 12 with ease, maintaining a consistent pace and improving as the bout progressed.
Judge Lou Moret had it 120-108, Fernando Villareal scored it 119-109 and Steve Morrow 118-110.
Morrell controlled the action from the opening bell, wading in with right hooks and uppercuts from his southpaw stance. Guyana’s Allen was game, landing his own share of shots during the exchanges, including a stiff right hook late in the third.
Those punches were few and far between. Morrell seized control in the third and never looked back, landing two hard right rights upstairs as he came forward.
Allen, 35, 22-1-1 (14 KOs), had no answers, his punch output decreasing as he searched for ways to land. Morrell poured it on in the eighth, landing an uppercut on the inside. Another right hook in the 10th momentarily buzzed the durable Allen. Morrell sought to finish with a KO but it wasn’t to be. Nevertheless, he finished strong, serving notice to the rest of the division that there is a new kid on the block.