At 38, Marquez Still Fighting On! Looking For Bigger Fights.
By Sig Guillermo
New Mexico City Arena, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico- In an action-packed boxing double header, reigning WBO/Ring Lightweight Champion, Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez (53W-6L-39KO’s-1D) is set to meet former Ukrainian titlist, Sergiy “The Professor” Fedchenko (30W-1L-13KO’s)in a scheduled twelve round contest for the vacant interim WBO lightweight title.
Marquez, 38, who was originally slated to face undefeated Argentinean southpaw, Cesar “El Distinto” Cuenca (42W-0-1KO), would go on to find an immediate replacement in Fedchenko when Cuenca unexpectedly pulled out. The crafty Mexican veteran is arriving from a highly controversial twelve round unanimous decision defeat to eight-division world champion and pound for pound kingpin, Manny “Pac Man” Pacquiao (54W-3L-38KO’s-2D) nearly five months ago at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. In what was expected to be another one-sided victory for Pacquiao, “Dinamita” would prove once again why he is the Filipino idol’s kryptonite, with a blistering display of resiliency, pinpoint accuracy, and superior timing. Despite the judge’s scorecards of 113-115, 114-114, and 112-116 for Pacquiao; those in attendance, as well as most fans who purchased the pricey pay per view event were left robbed of a possible new champion. Now on the road back to another prominent fourth battle with Pacquiao, Marquez needs to get through unknown Ukrainian pugilist, Sergiy Fedchenko.
Although a bout with former WBA lightweight champion, Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios (29W-0-22KO’s-1D) is plausible, Marquez continues to seek retribution against his arch rival, Pacquiao. This will be the first time Marquez has fought in his hometown of Mexico City since 1994. The three-time world champion is highly regarded as one of the best Mexican fighters of his era and is looking to make a grand statement in his return.
Fedchenko, 31, has not tasted defeat since losing to former IBF Inter-Continental Light Welterweight titlist, Kaizer “Hammer” Mabuza (24W-8L-15KO’s-3D) by a narrow twelve round split decision in 2009, and has been on a successful seven fight victory streak; winning two by knockout.
On the undercard, Saul “La Fiera” Roman (34W-9L-29KO’s-) will face Richard “La Lamina” Guiterrez (26W-8L-16KO’s-1D) in a scheduled ten round middleweight showdown. Both Mexican warriors are arriving from a loss nearly four months apart to current WBC Silver Light Middleweight Champion, Vanes “Nightmare” Martirosyan (32W-0-20KO’s) and are looking to prove that their careers are from over. Roman, 31, has faced serious opposition such as former WBA super welterweight champion, Yuri Foreman (28W-2L-8KO’s), reigning NABA middleweight titlist, Kassim “The Dream” Ouma (27W-8L-17KO’s-1D), and current NABF Light Middleweight Champion, Michael “El Magnifico” Medina (25W-3L-19KO’s-2D). Guiterrez, 33, has faced former Interim WBO Light Middleweight titlist, Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo (20W-2L-17KO’s), former IBF welterweight champion, Joshua “Grand Master” Clottey (36W-4L-21KO’s), and former 2008 Summer Olympian, Jonathan “Mantequilla” Gonzalez (15W-0-13KO’s). A win for either would be greatly significant in reviving their careers.