Osvary David Morrell Gutierrez Jr. (born January 18, 1998)[3] is a Cuban professional boxer. He has held the WBA (Regular) super middleweight title since 2021. As an amateur, he won gold medals at the 2016 Youth World Championships and the 2017 Cuban National Championships.

David Morrell Jr.
Born
Osvary David Morrell Gutierrez Jr.

(1998-01-18) January 18, 1998 (age 26)
Statistics
Weight(s)Super middleweight
Height6 ft 1 in (185 cm)[1]
Reach77 in (196 cm)[1]
StanceSouthpaw
Boxing record[2]
Total fights10
Wins10
Wins by KO9
Losses0
Draws0
No contests0
Medal record
Men's amateur boxing
Representing  Cuba
Youth World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2016 St. Petersburg Light heavyweight
Cuban National Championships
Representing Camagüey
Gold medal – first place 2017 Havana Light heavyweight

Amateur career

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During an amateur career in which Morrell compiled a record of 130–5, he won gold medals at the 2016 Youth World Championships, where he was named "Best Boxer of the Tournament", 2017 Cuban National Championships, and the 2018 India Open International Boxing Tournament.[4]

Professional career

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Morrell made his professional debut on August 28, 2019, scoring a first-round knockout (KO) victory over Yendris Rodriguez Valdez at the Minneapolis Armory in Minneapolis, Minnesota.[5]

He scored a second-round KO victory against Quinton Rankin in November[6] before facing Lennox Allen for the vacant WBA interim super middleweight title on August 8, 2020, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California. The bout featured on the undercard of the interim welterweight title fight between Thomas Dulorme and Jamal James. The event was originally scheduled to take place on April 11 but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[7] In what was described as a dominant performance, Morrell captured the WBA interim title via twelve-round unanimous decision (UD) with the judges' scorecards reading 120–108, 119–109, and 118–110.[8][9]

He was set to make the first defense of his title against Mike Gavronski on December 26 at the Shine Exposition Hall in Los Angeles. After Morrell failed to weigh within the super middleweight limit, reports claimed that he had been stripped of his title. However, it was later revealed that a clause in the fight contract allowed for the fight to continue as a non-title contest. Morrell defeated Gavronski via third-round KO.[10]

The following month, Morrell was elevated from interim champion to Regular champion.[11] The first defense of his Regular title came against Mario Cazares on June 27, 2021, at the Minneapolis Armory. Morrell Retained his title via first-round KO.[12]

After defending his title on November 5, 2022, against Aidos Yerbossynuly, knocking him out in the 12th round,[13] Yerbossynuly was hospitalized and put into an induced coma due to a subdural hematoma.[14][15]

Morrell is scheduled to face Radivoje Kalajdzic at BMO Stadium in Los Angeles on August 3, 2024.[16]

Professional boxing record

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10 fights 10 wins 0 losses
By knockout 9 0
By decision 1 0
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
10 Win 10–0 Sena Agbeko TKO 2 (12), 1:43 Dec 16, 2023 Minneapolis Armory, Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S. Retained WBA (Regular) super middleweight title
9 Win 9–0 Yamaguchi Falcão KO 1 (12), 2:22 Apr 22, 2023 T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBA (Regular) super middleweight title
8 Win 8–0 Aidos Yerbossynuly KO 12 (12) 2:34 Nov 5, 2022 Minneapolis Armory, Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S. Retained WBA (Regular) super middleweight title
7 Win 7–0 Kalvin Henderson TKO 4 (12), 2:35 Jun 4, 2022 Minneapolis Armory, Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S. Retained WBA (Regular) super middleweight title
6 Win 6–0 Alantez Fox TKO 4 (12), 2:06 Dec 18, 2021 Minneapolis Armory, Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S. Retained WBA (Regular) super middleweight title
5 Win 5–0 Mario Abel Cazares KO 1 (12), 2:32 Jun 27, 2021 Minneapolis Armory, Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S. Retained WBA (Regular) super middleweight title
4 Win 4–0 Mike Gavronski KO 3 (10), 2:45 Dec 26, 2020 Shrine Exposition Center, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
3 Win 3–0 Lennox Allen UD 12 Aug 8, 2020 Microsoft Theater, Los Angeles, California, U.S. Won vacant WBA interim super middleweight title
2 Win 2–0 Quinton Rankin KO 2 (8), 1:01 Nov 2, 2019 MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, Maryland, U.S.
1 Win 1–0 Yendris Rodriguez Valdez KO 1 (4), 1:05 Aug 31, 2019 Minneapolis Armory, Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.

See also

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References

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  1. ^ a b Showtime Championship Boxing tale of the tape prior to the Sena Agbeko fight.
  2. ^ "Boxing record for David Morrell Jr". BoxRec.
  3. ^ "David Morrell Bio Information - PBC Boxing". Fox Sports. Retrieved June 10, 2022.
  4. ^ "News: Gutierrez, Mike Faragon, Davey, Masoud, Kaplan, More". BoxingScene.com. July 19, 2019. Retrieved July 30, 2020.
  5. ^ "BoxRec: Osvary Morrell vs. Yendris Rodriguez Valdez". BoxRec. Retrieved July 30, 2020.
  6. ^ Donovan, Jake (November 2, 2019). "PBC on FS1: Ryan Karl Stops Bergman Aguilar in Five". BoxingScene.com. Retrieved July 30, 2020.
  7. ^ Idec, Keith (July 30, 2020). "James-Dulorme: FOX, PBC Officially Announce Show For August 8". BoxingScene.com. Retrieved July 30, 2020.
  8. ^ Donovan, Jake (August 9, 2020). "David Morrell Outworks Lennox Allen For Dominant Decision, Wins WBA Belt". BoxingScene.com. Retrieved August 9, 2020.
  9. ^ Fletcher, Jerrell (August 9, 2020). "David Morrell Dominates Lennox Allen; Picks Up WBA Interim Title". 3Kings Boxing WorldWide. Archived from the original on September 29, 2020. Retrieved August 9, 2020.
  10. ^ Donovan, Jake (December 26, 2020). "David Morrell Demolishes Mike Gavronski in Three Round Beating". Boxing Scene. Retrieved June 10, 2022.
  11. ^ Fitzsimmons, Lyle (February 2, 2021). "Super Middleweight Youngster David Morrell Insists "This Division is Mine"". Boxing Scene. Retrieved June 10, 2022.
  12. ^ Donovan, Jake (June 27, 2021). "David Morrell Demolishes Mario Cazares in One Round". Boxing Scene. Retrieved June 10, 2022.
  13. ^ Christ, Scott (November 6, 2022). "Highlights and results: David Morrell Jr knocks out Aidos Yerbossynuly in 12th round". Bad Left Hook. Retrieved November 7, 2022.
  14. ^ "Report: Aidos Yerbossynuly in coma after taking beating from David Morrell". sports.yahoo.com. November 7, 2022. Retrieved November 7, 2022.
  15. ^ Rafael, Dan (November 7, 2022). "Source: Yerbossynuly in coma after 12th-round knockout loss to Morrell". danrafael.substack.com. Retrieved November 7, 2022.
  16. ^ Iskenderov, Parviz (April 24, 2024). "David Morrell vs Radivoje Kalajdzic joins Crawford-Madrimov confirmed undercard". FIGHTMAG.
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Sporting positions
World boxing titles
Vacant
Title last held by
John Ryder
WBA super middleweight champion
Interim title

August 8, 2020 – January 19, 2021
promoted to Regular champion
Title discontinued
Vacant
Title last held by
Canelo Álvarez
WBA super middleweight champion
Regular title

January 19, 2021 – present
Incumbent