Prospect Watch: Unbeaten Cuban Super-Middleweight David Morrell

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Indeed, it’s always good to keep a tab on the emerging prospects in professional boxing coming through who one day will replace the current crop of stars in the sport.

There’s one chap from Cuba who might be just one of those in the not too distant future.

168 lbs prospect David Morell 3-0-2 KO might be unknown for now but rest assured, from what we understand at least, he is still a modest young man ahead of what many are predicting to be a bright future.

Despite many wins and successes at a young age of 22, seemingly he remains the same man who left Cuba to pursue his dreams.

He never forgets the people who helped him along the way.

He’s progressed quickly too. Winning a title in just his third pro fight no less.

Now, he is already planning his next fights in November under the Premier Boxing Champions flag.

Indeed, he fought on the PBC on Fox last time out — here he is in action:

There is a small chance that the public will be allowed to see him fight live soon.

That said, he’s in the same boat as most boxers in that regards.

No one knows when it will be.

According to industry insiders Morrell wants to return to the gym soon and knows he has to stay busy as he waits on the next call to come.

Above, last time out, David Morell won a fight against Lennox Allen to win the interim WBA title.

Quick progress for a man who only turned pro last year and still only 22 years of age, undoubtedly.

Now by all accounts Morell is monitoring how the planning of Saul “Canelo” Alvarez’ next fight goes — the main man in the division.

Canelo holds the regular WBA title at 168, while Callum Smith holds the super championship strap.

Everything is up in the air at the moment, mind.

For obvious reasons.

Pandemic and recession has changed the boxing industry as things stand.

When the world went into lock down because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the sports industry all together had to postpone or even cancel tournaments and competitions altogether.

Boxing has been one of the sports hit the hardest.

Later on, when some countries started reopening and gatherings were allowed with restrictions, the organizers had to become creative and hold some tournaments online.

Like Tour de France and some without spectators like soccer championships for example.

During the break, something new I’ve noticed has happened for boxing.

More and more boxing fans have been busy with console and iGaming platforms.

Indeed, the World Boxing Super Series and others trialed e-gaming more and more for virtual fights for the sport on different social media platforms.

Pitting legendary fighters from the past against one another.

In the last few months, iGaming platforms have grown closer to boxing.

Boxing adaptation in my humble opinion to iGaming would be another step ahead but things seem on hold for now. EA have not been back in the sport since the last Fight Night, admittedly.

The iGaming industry has seen adaptation of many popular sports or characters and according to an industry expert in the field I spoke to he reckons boxing is the next one in the years ahead.

Even further than that, iGaming has now reached the actual live sports betting and live casino games worlds.

Obviously, the pandemic break was the reason for postponing all live sport events and according to some research emerging, live casino games became even more popular for sports fans with both industries coming closer together.

During the pandemic for example, gamers could join top live casinos for games where they could get an intense feeling of live gaming.

As the world is returning to a new normal and live events are scheduled again, iGaming platforms need to adapt popular sports and indeed our own sport in boxing in my opinion — to go one step ahead. 

As for unbeaten David Morell and his emerging young fan base, no doubt many of them digital savvy and virtual gamers in this generation, his fights in the coming years in my view could very well take place virtually with live streaming and online gaming growing closer together than ever before.

For now he’ll be based in the US for the next run of fights at super-middleweight.

Well, if travel becomes available from the US to UK again there is the possibility of him fighting at Eddie Hearn of Matchroom’s new invention too.

Matchroom Boxing is starting to operate again without doubt.

Eddie Hearn’s Fight Camp already started its events. That could be an avenue for Morell should he come into contact with possible fights against Billy Joe Saunders and Callum Smith.

The fact he’s already interim WBA title holder, something that really went under the radar too, weirdly, could make him an opponent for one of the big names sooner than he thinks.

As a tall southpaw at 6’1 hand a reach of 78.5 inches he’s going to be a handful for many.

All in all, in a time this year where many prospects in the pro ranks have struggled terribly to get out and make a name for themselves, this David Morell fella really has gone about his business quietly.

Based in Minnesota at the moment, keep an eye on him.

Young, talented and already a holder of an interim belt – word among those who know best is he could have some serious potential.

Alas, ultimately it will comedown to how much dedication and desire he has and how much he really wants it.

Many amateur fighters from Cuba who turn pro have had discipline problems in the past.

It will be up to this young man to prove to himself first and foremost if he wants to go all the way.

The choice is his but definitely worth keeping a watch on this young pugilist’s development in a very changing time for the boxing world with a new fan base emerging for new names and young fighters like this one.

Alas, the world will be different after all this and boxing will be too.

Keep doing the recommended things folks and keep the faith.

Enjoy the sport’s gradual return as 2020 progresses.

We’ll be doing some more grass roots boxing and prospect research before the year is out.