Rafael Márquez (boxer)

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Rafael Márquez
Statistics
Real name Rafael Márquez Méndez
Rated at Super Featherweight
Featherweight
Super Bantamweight
Bantamweight
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Nationality Mexico Mexican
Born (1975-03-25) March 25, 1975 (age 39)
Mexico City, Mexico
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 50
Wins 41
Wins by KO 37
Losses 9

Rafael Márquez Méndez (born 25 March 1975 in Mexico City, Mexico) is a Mexican professional boxer. He is a former world champion at the IBF / IBO Bantamweight (118 lb) and WBC Super Bantamweight (122 lb) divisions.

Márquez comes from a strong boxing pedigree. His older brother, Juan Manuel Márquez, was the former WBA and IBF Featherweight World Champion, former WBC Jr. Lightweight World Champion, and current WBA, WBO, and Ring Magazine Lineal Lightweight World Champion.

Professional career[edit]

Márquez began his professional boxing career with an eighth round knockout loss to former WBC Bantamweight champion Victor Rabanales.[1]

He gained recognition by defeating two division world champion Mark Johnson (40-1-0) by a split decision. In a rematch, Márquez knocked out Johnson in the eighth round in an IBF bantamweight title eliminator bout.

Bantamweight[edit]

On February 15, 2003, he came from behind to knock out Tim Austin (25-0-1) to claim the IBF Bantamweight title, in what was considered to be a big upset.[1] Márquez went on to successfully defend his title seven times. His notable title defenses were two victories over former light flyweight champion Mauricio Pastrana, a decision win over Ricardo Vargas and two knockout victories over former as well as future IBO Bantamweight champion Silence Mabuza, whom he defeated for the second time on August 5, 2006 in his final defense.[1]

Super Bantamweight[edit]

See also; Israel Vázquez-Rafael Márquez rivalry

Márquez moved up a weight division to challenge and defeat WBC Superbantamweight champion Israel Vázquez in seven rounds. However, in a rematch in July 2007, Márquez lost his title after being defeated by Vázquez in the sixth round when the referee stopped the fight. The rematch was named the 2007 fight of the year. In the rubber match of their trilogy, Rafael lost a split decision, with scores of 113-112 and 114-111 to Vázquez, with one judge seeing it 114-111 for Márquez. Márquez may not have lost this bout if not for a point deduction for a low blow in the tenth round. Marquez and promoter Gary Shaw claimed that this hit was on the belt line and should not have elicited any deductions. Márquez was able to knock Vázquez down for the first time in the trilogy in this third fight, but Vázquez in turn put Márquez down in the final seconds of the 12th round, securing the victory and giving Márquez his fifth defeat.

Márquez was ranked number three in The Ring magazine's pound-for-pound rankings.[2] and ranked as the Ring Magazine's number one Bantamweight boxer. He later became the top ranked boxer in the Super Bantamweight division before his loss to Vázquez.

Featherweight[edit]

Márquez was inactive for over a year as he recuperated from the trilogy with Vázquez. On May 23, 2009, he returned to the ring by scoring a 3rd round TKO over José Francisco Mendoza (21-2-2) in the featherweight division.

In the first week of May 2010, Márquez announced his 4th and final match with Israel Vásquez.[3] After three epic battles, Vázquez and Márquez fought for a fourth time on May 22, 2010 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The bout was appropriately titled "Once and Four All" and carried live by Showtime. Márquez scored a third round TKO victory over Vázquez to even their series at two wins each.[4][5] Afterwards, Márquez stated; "The fifth one could be a possibility if the fans vote for it. That is what I live for. Israel Vásquez is a great fighter." [2]

In his next fight, he was scheduled to challenge undefeated WBO Featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez on September 18, 2010, however, the fight had to be postponed by several weeks when Márquez suffered a thumb injury which prevented him from training. Márquez would ultimately lose the bout by 8th round TKO after he was unable to continue due to a shoulder injury. After the fight, Márquez said that he had chosen to proceed with the bout despite a right shoulder injury suffered before the contest because he did not wish to cause a second delay. According to Márquez, he re-aggravated that injury in the third round during a flurry of punches. He also expressed his eagerness to face Lopez in a rematch.[6] It was later revealed that Márquez had suffered a hairline fracture in his right shoulder blade during the fight and would require 6 months to recover from the injury.[7]

Return to Super Bantamweight[edit]

On 16 July 2011, Márquez made his comeback in Cancún on the same card as his brother, Juan Manuel, against Eduardo Becerril. Both fights were tune-ups and the younger Márquez brother comfortably dealt with his opponent, knocking him down once on the way to a 6th round TKO.

Márquez fought against WBC Super Bantamweight champion Toshiaki Nishioka on 1 October at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Marquez lost by unanimous decision.

Professional record[edit]

41 Wins (37 knockouts), 9 Losses, 0 Draw
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Venue and Location Notes
Loss 41-9 United States Efrain Esquivias TKO 9 (12) September 7, 2013 United States Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California, United States
Loss 41-8 Mexico Cristian Mijares TKO 9 (12) October 27, 2012 Mexico Arena Cuidad de Mexico, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
Win 41-7 United States Eric Aiken KO 2 (10) May 5, 2012 Mexico Auditorio Municipal, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
Loss 40-7 Japan Toshiaki Nishioka UD 12 October 1, 2011 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, United States WBC Super Bantamweight title on the line.
Win 40-6 Mexico Eduardo Becerril RTD 6 (10) July 16, 2011 Mexico Plaza de Toros, Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Loss 39-6 Puerto Rico Juan Manuel López RTD 8 (12), 3:00 November 6, 2010 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, United States For WBO Featherweight title on the line.
Win 39-5 Mexico Israel Vázquez TKO 3 (12), 1:33 May 22, 2010 United States Staples Center, Los Angeles, United States Won WBC silver featherweight title. Vazquez was knocked down in the third round.
Win 38-5 Colombia Jose Francisco Mendoza TKO 3 (10), 2:26 May 23, 2009 Mexico Arena Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico
Loss 37-5 Mexico Israel Vázquez SD 12 (12) March 1, 2008 United States The Home Depot Center, Carson, United States For WBC super bantamweight title. The Ring magazine's "Fight of the Year" (2008)
Loss 37-4 Mexico Israel Vázquez TKO 6 (12), 1:16 Aughst 4, 2007 United States Dodge Arena, Hidalgo, United States For WBC super bantamweight title. The Ring magazine's "Fight of the Year" (2007)
Win 37-3 Mexico Israel Vázquez RTD 7 (12), 3:00 March 3, 2007 United States The Home Depot Center, Carson, United States Won WBC super bantamweight title.
Win 36-3 South Africa Silence Mabuza RTD 9 (12), 3:00 August 5, 2006 United States MontBleu Resort & Casino, Stateline, United States Rematch. Retained IBF and IBO bantamweight titles.
Win 35-3 South Africa Silence Mabuza TKO 4 (12), 2:08 November 5, 2005 United States Caesars Tahoe, Stateline, United States Retained IBF bantamweight title. Wins IBO bantamweight title.
Win 34-3 Mexico Ricardo Vargas UD 12 (12) May 28, 2005 United States Staples Center, Los Angeles, United States Retained IBF bantamweight title.
Win 33-3 Colombia Mauricio Pastrana TKO 8 (12), 3:00 November 27, 2004 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, United States Rematch. Retained IBF bantamweight title.
Win 32-3 Mexico Heriberto Ruiz KO 3 (12), 2:11 July 31, 2004 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, United States Retained IBF bantamweight title.
Win 31-3 United States Peter Frissina TKO 2 (12), 3:00 January 31, 2004 United States Dodge Theater, Phoenix, United States Retained IBF bantamweight title.
Win 30-3 Colombia Mauricio Pastrana UD 12 (12) October 4, 2003 United States Staples Center, Los Angeles, United States Retained IBF bantamweight title.
Win 29-3 United States Tim Austin TKO 8 (12), 2:20 February 15, 2003 United States Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, United States Won IBF bantamweight title.
Win 28-3 Colombia Jorge Otero RTD 6 (10), 0:10 July 12, 2002 United States La Villa Real Convention Center, McAllen United States Otero was knocked down in the first round.
Win 27-3 United States Mark Johnson TKO 8 (12), 2:41 February 23, 2002 United States Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas United States Rematch. Won vacant USBA bantamweight title.

This fight was an IBF Bantamweight title eliminator for a chance to fight champion Tim Austin.

Win 26-3 United States Mark Johnson SD 10 (10) October 6, 2001 United States Memorial Coliseum, Corpus Christi, United States Johnson was deducted two points for holding.
Win 25-3 Mexico Gerardo Espinoza TKO 4 (12), ?:?? July 6, 2001 Mexico Jai Alai Fronton, Tijuana, Mexico Retained WBA Fedelatin bantamweight title.
Win 24-3 Mexico Miguel Ochoa TKO 2 (10), ?:?? June 1, 2001 Mexico Poliforum Zamna, Mérida, Mexico
Win 23-3 Philippines Jovy Chan KO 3 (8), ?:?? April 1, 2001 United States Peppermill Hotel & Casino, Reno, United States
Win 22-3 Venezuela Aquiles Guzman RTD 7 (12), 0:10 December 16, 2000 Venezuela Forum Bicentenario, Maracay, Venezuela Won WBA Fedelatin bantamweight title.
Loss 21-3 Mexico Genaro Garcia KO 2 (10), ?:?? November 12, 2000 United States Los Caporales Regency Hotel, Denver, United States
Win 21-2 Mexico Tomas Rivera KO 2 (10), 1:12 August 20, 2000 United States Community Center, Tucson, United States
Win 20-2 Mexico Arturo Estrada TKO 2 (10), ?:?? June 23, 2000 Mexico Poliforum Zamna, Mérida, Mexico
Win 19-2 Mexico Ricardo Barrera TKO 1 (10), ?:?? April 14, 2000 Mexico Poliforum Zamna, Mérida, Mexico
Win 18-2 Argentina Adrian Cristian Ochoa TKO 4 (10), 0:47 August 23, 1999 United States Great Western Forum, Inglewood, United States
Win 17-2 Puerto Rico Angel Almena, KO 1 (10), 2:53 May 10, 1999 United States Great Western Forum, Inglewood, United States
Win 16-2 Mexico Jose Guadalupe Gastelum KO 6 (10), 3:00 March 8, 1999 United States Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, United States
Win 15-2 Mexico Ricardo Barrera KO 1 (?), ?:?? October 24, 1998 United States Tropicana Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, United States
Win 14-2 United States Dario Diaz TKO 2 (?), ?:?? August 22, 1998 United States Tropicana Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, United States
Win 13-2 Mexico Ivan Salazar KO 3 (?), ?:?? June 20, 1998 United States Tropicana Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, United States
Loss 12-2 Mexico Francisco Mateos TKO 3 (10), ?:?? May 2, 1998 United States Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, United States
Win 12-1 Mexico Beldevear Meza KO 3 (?), ?:?? April 6, 1998 United States Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, United States
Win 11-1 Mexico Jose Felipe Garcia TKO 1 (?), ?:?? March 4, 1998 Mexico Arena Coliseo, Mexico City, Mexico
Win 10-1 Mexico Julian Mujica TKO 1 (?), ?:?? January 24, 1998 Mexico Arena Coliseo, Mexico City, Mexico
Win 9-1 Mexico Evaristo Primero TKO 4 (6), 1:06 October 22, 1997 United States Tropicana Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, United States
Win 8-1 United States Jose Guillermo Sanchez TKO 3 (4), ?:?? September 27, 1997 United States Caesars Tahoe, Stateline, United States
Win 7-1 Mexico Gabriel Tinajero KO 2 (6), ?:?? July 14, 1997 United States Great Western Forum, Inglewood, United States
Win 6-1 Mexico Juan Mendoza UD 6 (6) April 21, 1997 United States Great Western Forum, Inglewood, United States
Win 5-1 Mexico Oscar Zamora KO 2 (?), ?:?? December 9, 1996 United States Chula Vista, United States
Win 4-1 United States Robert Enriquez KO 4 (?), ?:?? October 28, 1996 United States Great Western Forum, Inglewood, United States
Win 3-1 Mexico Mucio Castillo TKO 1 (?), ?:?? May 15, 1996 Mexico Mexico City, Mexico
Win 2-1 Mexico Sergio Lopez TKO 2 (?), ?:?? March 27, 1996 Mexico Mexico City, Mexico
Win 1-1 Mexico Jose Godinez TKO 2 (?), ?:?? March 3, 1996 Mexico Mexico City, Mexico
Loss 0-1 Mexico Victor Rabanales KO 8 (?), ?:?? September 14, 1995 Mexico Campeche, Mexico Professional debut.

Outside the ring[edit]

He was recently in a car accident in Cuernavaca, Mexico. He was on his way to the airport in Mexico City to go to New York to receive the award for fight of the year, where he fought Israel Vázquez.[8]

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b c BoxRec.com editors. "Rafael Marquez." BoxRec.com. URL accessed 5 July 2006.
  2. ^ The Ring editors. The Ring Ratings. 3 July 2006 The Ring URL accessed 5 July 2006.
  3. ^ Dan Rafael (2010-03-19). "Vazquez, Marquez announce 4th fight". ESPN.com. 
  4. ^ Vester, Mark (May 22, 2010). "Rafael Marquez Destroys Israel Vasquez in Three Rounds". BoxingScene.com. Retrieved May 23, 2010. 
  5. ^ Donovan, Jake (May 23, 2010). "Marquez Evens The Score; Perez-Mares Fight To A Draw". BoxingScene.com. Retrieved May 23, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Lopez keeps featherweight title with TKO victory over Marquez". USA Today. November 7, 2010. 
  7. ^ http://www.boxingscene.com/?m=show&id=32632
  8. ^ [1]

External links[edit]

Achievements
Preceded by
Tim Austin
IBF Bantamweight Champion
February 15, 2003 – August 5, 2005
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Luis Alberto Pérez
Preceded by
Silence Mabuza
IBO Bantamweight Champion
November 5, 2005 – 2006
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Silence Mabuza
Preceded by
Israel Vázquez
WBC Junior Featherweight Champion
The Ring Junior Featherweight Champion

March 3, 2007 – August 4, 2007
Succeeded by
Israel Vázquez
Awards
Previous:
Somsak Sithchatchawal KO 10 Mahyar Monshipour
The Ring Fight of the Year
KO6 Israel Vázquez

2007
Next:
Juan Manuel Márquez KO9 Juan Díaz
The Ring Fight of the Year
W12 Israel Vázquez

2008