Marquez Ready For Tune-UP Before His Clash With The Pound For Pound King!
By Sig Guillermo
Plaza de Toros in Cancun, Mexico- Welcome the return of current WBA/WBO/The Ring Magazine Lightweight World Champion and future Boxing Hall of Fame Inductee, “Dinamita” Juan Manuel Marquez (52W-5L-38KO’s-1D), as he prepares to face former WBA Interim Super Featherweight titlist, Likar Concha Ramos (24W-3L-18KO’s) in a scheduled twelve round junior welterweight contest.
Since suffering the fifth defeat of his legendary career to five-division world champion and former pound for pound kingpin, Floyd “Money” Mayweather (41W-0-25KO’s) in 2009, Marquez had gone on to wipe the floor with former unified WBA/WBO/IBF/IBO world lightweight titlist Juan “Baby Bull”Diaz in a rematch ten months later; not to mention, brutally annihilate former two-time WBO interim title-holder Michael “The Great” Katsidis (27W-4L-22KO’s) in nine grueling rounds.
In a supposed tune-up bout designed to sharpen his sophisticated boxing technique for a November showdown with long-time rival and eight-division world champion, Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao (53W-3L-38KO’s-2D), Marquez looks to defy the critic’s mindset and prove once again that age is only a number.
Though few would agree Marquez stands a chance against the Manila whirlwind, many still believe Marquez has had Pacquiao figured out for a while now. In an eighteen year career span, Marquez has faced world-class opposition of every style. Win, lose, or draw, he’s faced some of the best, including three-division world titlist and Mexican legend, Marco “Baby-Faced Assassin” Antonio Barrera (67W-7L-44KO’s-1NC), former WBC lightweight champion and former 1992 Olympic Gold Medalist for Cuba, Joel “El Cepillo” Casamayor (38W-5L-22KO’s-1D), former 2000 Olympian Silver Medalist Ricardo “Rocky” Juarez (28W-8L-20KO’s-1D), current WBA Super World featherweight titlist Chris “The Dragon” John (45W-0-22KO’s-2D), current WBO Featherweight world champion Orlando “Siri” Salido (35W-11L-23KO’s-2D-1NC), and former WBA featherweight champion Derrick “Smoke” Gainer (42W-7L-24KO’s).
Up next for the 37 year old veteran comes a sturdy test against chosen southpaw and seasoned Colombian pugilist, Likar Ramos. Although the 25 year old underdog possesses nowhere near the resume of his cagey foe, he’s been on a rampage of impressive knockouts over his last three opponents. He’s also represented his native Colombia in the 2004 Summer Olympics as well as won the Gold medal in the 2003 Pan American Games. With the shot of a lifetime ahead of him, Ramos is the only thing standing in the way of Marquez’s dreams, and will die trying to make the upset.
Also putting his title up for grabs on the undercard will be undefeated Nicaraguan slugger and WBA Jr. Flyweight titlist Roman “El Chocolatito” Gonzalez (28W-0-23KO’s) who is pit to face seasoned Mexican contender Omar Salido (22W-3L-13KO’s) in a scheduled twelve round WBA title shoot out. In his most recent exploit, the 24 year old kid form Managua would be victorious in a lop-sided twelve round unanimous decision over Jalisco, Mexico’s Manuel “Chango” Vargas (29W-8L-14KO’s-1D) four months ago at the Plaza San Diego in Puebla, Mexico. Originally scheduled for July 9, 2011 by Zanfer Promotions, the fight would proceed on course for July 16, allowing Salido to take full advantage of the two extra weeks he received in meeting the proper weight requirement. The thirty-one year old novice from Acapulco will be returning to the ring after an eight month hiatus since having knocked out unknown countryman, Oscar “Chimilon” Perales (0W-3L) in one round.
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