Tag: rafael marquez

02 Oct

trigger-happy ‘filipino flash’ at ringside

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Bantamweight king Nonito Donaire had more in mind than just shake the rust off his Canon gear when he joined the ringside photographers to shoot the Toshiaki Nishioka vs. Rafael Marquez fight last night at the MGM in Las Vegas. After Donaire defends his two bantam belts against Omar Narvaez, Oct. 22 in New York City, he is more than likely moving up to super bantam to face last night’s winner.  During the fight, Donaire barely contained himself to just shooting the fight. “I can’t wait to get in there and fight,” he exclaimed more than a few times during the action-packed 12 rounds

01 Oct

flashback: marquez vs. johnson

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Photo above by Chris Cozzone, 2002: Can Rafael Marquez do it again tonight in Vegas? In 2002, Marquez made his mark upon the bantamweight division by defeating Mark “Too Sharp” Johnson. Nearly ten years later, a flawless reign as bantam king and his four historic wars with Israel Vazquez, Marquez will take on Toshiaki Nishioka for the WBC World Superbantam title.

29 Sep

nishioka-marquez presser

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With little ill will and drama between main eventers Rafael Marquez and Toshiaki Nishioka, today’s presser at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas might’ve been called the Johnny Tapia and Ricardo Mayorga show. Quote of the day? While sitting down with “Mi Vida Loca,” Tapia looked over at Mayorga, laughed, and said, “He’s a loon.” At the podium, Top Rank host Todd DuBoef solidified Tapia’s show-stealer by recounting a story in which Tapia pulled out of a press conference in Albuquerque on short notice, but offered to pay DuBoef $100. For more shots of today’s presser . . . |more|

23 May

an end and a beginning

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May 22, 2010, Staples Center @ Los Angeles: One of boxing’s greatest rivalries ended, when Rafael Marquez evened the score at 2-2 with Israel Vazquez, stopping him in round three. The fight was disappointing – short-lived and dominated by Marquez – who had little problem slicing open Vazquez’s heaping mass of scar tissue over his eyes. While the fourth – and final, for the promoters and networks expressed no interest in a fifth bout, thank God – lacked the back-and-forth brutality of the first three bouts, last night’s co-main event more than made up for it.

While one rivalry ended, another began . . . . undefeateds Abner Mares and IBF bantam champ Yonnhy Perez left it all in the ring, resulting in a majority draw decision that demands a rematch.

21 May


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May 21, 2010, Staples Center, Los Angeles:  A boring fight is a mathematical impossibility when it comes to warriors Israel Vazquez and Rafael Marquez. Their trilogy will go down in boxing history as one of the greatest. Question is: What do these guys have left? We’re going to find out tomorrow night.

Among reporters, a fourth fight was one nobody wanted to see. At the same time, No. 4 was one no one wanted to miss.

Another question: If the fourth is as good as I, II and III – as brutal, as dramatic, as classic – will there be a fifth? Call it a slip, a miscount or an omen, Marquez (pictured below) seems to think so.

For more photos from today’s weigh-in: click here

20 May

vazquez-marquez, I, II, III revisited

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May 20, 2010, Los Angeles: It’s been called one of the boxing’s all-time greatest trilogies. Question is, what will No. 4 add to the mix? My guess? Israel Vazquez and Rafael Marquez do now know how to make a boring fight – especially when they are in there against each other. Look for another classic Saturday night at the Staples Center.

Vazquez-Marquez I, II, III revisited:
Vazquez – Marquez III, 2008 @ Home Depot Center, Carson, Calif.
Vazquez – Marquez II, 2007 @ Dodge Area, Hidalgo, Texas
Vazquez – Marquez I, 2007 @ Home Depot Center, Carson, Calif.