Super Middle Weight
Osvary David Morrell Gutierrez Jr., born on January 18, 1998, is a Cuban professional boxer who has held the WBA (Regular) super middleweight title since 2021. His amateur career was highly successful, including winning gold medals at the 2016 Youth World Championships, where he earned the title of “Best Boxer of the Tournament,” the 2017 Cuban National Championships, and the 2018 India Open International Boxing Tournament. During his time as an amateur, Morrell achieved an impressive record of 130 wins and 2 losses.
Morrell transitioned to the professional boxing scene, making his debut on August 28, 2019, with a notable first-round knockout (KO) victory over Yendris Rodriguez Valdez at the Minneapolis Armory in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He continued his success with a second-round KO win against Quinton Rankin in November.
In August 2020, Morrell faced Lennox Allen for the vacant WBA interim super middleweight title, which took place at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California. He showcased a dominant performance, securing the WBA interim title through a twelve-round unanimous decision (UD) victory, with judges’ scores of 120–108, 119–109, and 118–110.
Morrell was initially scheduled to defend his title against Mike Gavronski on December 26 but failed to meet the super middleweight weight limit. While there were reports of him being stripped of his title, it was later revealed that the fight contract allowed the bout to continue as a non-title contest, which Morrell won via a third-round KO.
Subsequently, Morrell was elevated from interim champion to Regular champion in the following month. He defended his Regular title against Mario Cazares on June 27, 2021, at the Minneapolis Armory, successfully retaining his title with a first-round KO.
On November 5, 2022, Morrell defended his WBA (Regular) super-middleweight title against Aidos Yerbossynuly, winning by knocking him out in the 12th round. Unfortunately, Aidos suffered a subdural hematoma, a bleeding on the brain, after the fight and was hospitalized, subsequently placed into an induced coma.