Rafael Márquez (boxer)
|Real name||Rafael Márquez Méndez|
|Rated at||Super Featherweight
|Height||5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)|
March 25, 1975 |
Mexico City, Mexico
|Wins by KO||35|
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 
Márquez began his professional boxing career with an eighth round knockout loss to former WBC Bantamweight champion Victor Rabanales.
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.
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. 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.
Super Bantamweight 
- 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. 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.
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. 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. 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." 
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. 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.
Return to Super Bantamweight 
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.
Professional record 
|41 Wins (37 knockouts), 8 Losses, 0 Draw|
|Res.||Record||Opponent||Type||Rd., Time||Date||Venue and Location||Notes|
|Loss||41-8||Cristian Mijares||TKO||9 (12)||October 27, 2012||Arena Cuidad de Mexico, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico|
|Win||41-7||Eric Aiken||KO||2 (10)||May 5, 2012||Auditorio Municipal, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico|
|Loss||40-7||Toshiaki Nishioka||UD||12||October 1, 2011||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, United States||WBC Super Bantamweight title on the line.|
|Win||40-6||Eduardo Becerril||RTD||6 (10)||July 16, 2011||Plaza de Toros, Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico|
|Loss||39-6||Juan Manuel López||RTD||8 (12), 3:00||November 6, 2010||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, United States||For WBO Featherweight title on the line.|
|Win||39-5||Israel Vázquez||TKO||3 (12), 1:33||May 22, 2010||Staples Center, Los Angeles, United States||Won WBC silver featherweight title. Vazquez was knocked down in the third round.|
|Win||38-5||Jose Francisco Mendoza||TKO||3 (10), 2:26||May 23, 2009||Arena Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico|
|Loss||37-5||Israel Vázquez||SD||12 (12)||March 1, 2008||The Home Depot Center, Carson, United States||For WBC super bantamweight title. The Ring magazine's "Fight of the Year" (2008)|
|Loss||37-4||Israel Vázquez||TKO||6 (12), 1:16||Aughst 4, 2007||Dodge Arena, Hidalgo, United States||For WBC super bantamweight title. The Ring magazine's "Fight of the Year" (2007)|
|Win||37-3||Israel Vázquez||RTD||7 (12), 3:00||March 3, 2007||The Home Depot Center, Carson, United States||Won WBC super bantamweight title.|
|Win||36-3||Silence Mabuza||RTD||9 (12), 3:00||August 5, 2006||MontBleu Resort & Casino, Stateline, United States||Rematch. Retained IBF and IBO bantamweight titles.|
|Win||35-3||Silence Mabuza||TKO||4 (12), 2:08||November 5, 2005||Caesars Tahoe, Stateline, United States||Retained IBF bantamweight title. Wins IBO bantamweight title.|
|Win||34-3||Ricardo Vargas||UD||12 (12)||May 28, 2005||Staples Center, Los Angeles, United States||Retained IBF bantamweight title.|
|Win||33-3||Mauricio Pastrana||TKO||8 (12), 3:00||November 27, 2004||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, United States||Rematch. Retained IBF bantamweight title.|
|Win||32-3||Heriberto Ruiz||KO||3 (12), 2:11||July 31, 2004||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, United States||Retained IBF bantamweight title.|
|Win||31-3||Peter Frissina||TKO||2 (12), 3:00||January 31, 2004||Dodge Theater, Phoenix, United States||Retained IBF bantamweight title.|
|Win||30-3||Mauricio Pastrana||UD||12 (12)||October 4, 2003||Staples Center, Los Angeles, United States||Retained IBF bantamweight title.|
|Win||29-3||Tim Austin||TKO||8 (12), 2:20||February 15, 2003||Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, United States||Won IBF bantamweight title.|
|Win||28-3||Jorge Otero||RTD||6 (10), 0:10||July 12, 2002||La Villa Real Convention Center, McAllen United States||Otero was knocked down in the first round.|
|Win||27-3||Mark Johnson||TKO||8 (12), 2:41||February 23, 2002||Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas United States||Rematch. Won vacant USBA bantamweight title.|
|Win||26-3||Mark Johnson||SD||10 (10)||October 6, 2001||Memorial Coliseum, Corpus Christi, United States||Johnson was deducted two points for holding.|
|Win||25-3||Gerardo Espinoza||TKO||4 (12), ?:??||July 6, 2001||Jai Alai Fronton, Tijuana, Mexico||Retained WBA Fedelatin bantamweight title.|
|Win||24-3||Miguel Ochoa||TKO||2 (10), ?:??||June 1, 2001||Poliforum Zamna, Mérida, Mexico|
|Win||23-3||Jovy Chan||KO||3 (8), ?:??||April 1, 2001||Peppermill Hotel & Casino, Reno, United States|
|Win||22-3||Aquiles Guzman||RTD||7 (12), 0:10||December 16, 2000||Forum Bicentenario, Maracay, Venezuela||Won WBA Fedelatin bantamweight title.|
|Loss||21-3||Genaro Garcia||KO||2 (10), ?:??||November 12, 2000||Los Caporales Regency Hotel, Denver, United States|
|Win||21-2||Tomas Rivera||KO||2 (10), 1:12||August 20, 2000||Community Center, Tucson, United States|
|Win||20-2||Arturo Estrada||TKO||2 (10), ?:??||June 23, 2000||Poliforum Zamna, Mérida, Mexico|
|Win||19-2||Ricardo Barrera||TKO||1 (10), ?:??||April 14, 2000||Poliforum Zamna, Mérida, Mexico|
|Win||18-2||Adrian Cristian Ochoa||TKO||4 (10), 0:47||August 23, 1999||Great Western Forum, Inglewood, United States|
|Win||17-2||Angel Almena,||KO||1 (10), 2:53||May 10, 1999||Great Western Forum, Inglewood, United States|
|Win||16-2||Jose Guadalupe Gastelum||KO||6 (10), 3:00||March 8, 1999||Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, United States|
|Win||15-2||Ricardo Barrera||KO||1 (?), ?:??||October 24, 1998||Tropicana Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, United States|
|Win||14-2||Dario Diaz||TKO||2 (?), ?:??||August 22, 1998||Tropicana Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, United States|
|Win||13-2||Ivan Salazar||KO||3 (?), ?:??||June 20, 1998||Tropicana Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, United States|
|Loss||12-2||Francisco Mateos||TKO||3 (10), ?:??||May 2, 1998||Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, United States|
|Win||12-1||Beldevear Meza||KO||3 (?), ?:??||April 6, 1998||Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, United States|
|Win||11-1||Jose Felipe Garcia||TKO||1 (?), ?:??||March 4, 1998||Arena Coliseo, Mexico City, Mexico|
|Win||10-1||Julian Mujica||TKO||1 (?), ?:??||January 24, 1998||Arena Coliseo, Mexico City, Mexico|
|Win||9-1||Evaristo Primero||TKO||4 (6), 1:06||October 22, 1997||Tropicana Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, United States|
|Win||8-1||Jose Guillermo Sanchez||TKO||3 (4), ?:??||September 27, 1997||Caesars Tahoe, Stateline, United States|
|Win||7-1||Gabriel Tinajero||KO||2 (6), ?:??||July 14, 1997||Great Western Forum, Inglewood, United States|
|Win||6-1||Juan Mendoza||UD||6 (6)||April 21, 1997||Great Western Forum, Inglewood, United States|
|Win||5-1||Oscar Zamora||KO||2 (?), ?:??||December 9, 1996||Chula Vista, United States|
|Win||4-1||Robert Enriquez||KO||4 (?), ?:??||October 28, 1996||Great Western Forum, Inglewood, United States|
|Win||3-1||Mucio Castillo||TKO||1 (?), ?:??||May 15, 1996||Mexico City, Mexico|
|Win||2-1||Sergio Lopez||TKO||2 (?), ?:??||March 27, 1996||Mexico City, Mexico|
|Win||1-1||Jose Godinez||TKO||2 (?), ?:??||March 3, 1996||Mexico City, Mexico|
|Loss||0-1||Victor Rabanales||KO||8 (?), ?:??||September 14, 1995||Campeche, Mexico||Professional debut.|
Outside the ring 
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.
See also 
- Notable boxing families
- List of current world boxing champions
- Israel Vázquez-Rafael Márquez rivalry
Notes and references 
- BoxRec.com editors. "Rafael Marquez." BoxRec.com. URL accessed 5 July 2006.
- The Ring editors. The Ring Ratings. 3 July 2006 The Ring URL accessed 5 July 2006.
- Dan Rafael (2010-03-19). "Vazquez, Marquez announce 4th fight". ESPN.com.
- Vester, Mark (May 22, 2010). "Rafael Marquez Destroys Israel Vasquez in Three Rounds". BoxingScene.com. Retrieved May 23, 2010.
- Donovan, Jake (May 23, 2010). "Marquez Evens The Score; Perez-Mares Fight To A Draw". BoxingScene.com. Retrieved May 23, 2010.
- "Lopez keeps featherweight title with TKO victory over Marquez". USA Today. November 7, 2010.
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|IBF Bantamweight Champion
February 15, 2003 – August 5, 2005
Title next held byLuis Alberto Pérez
|IBO Bantamweight Champion
November 5, 2005 – 2006
Title next held bySilence Mabuza
|WBC Junior Featherweight Champion
The Ring Junior Featherweight Champion
March 3, 2007 – August 4, 2007
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|The Ring Fight of the Year
KO6 Israel Vázquez
Juan Manuel Márquez KO9 Juan Díaz
|The Ring Fight of the Year
W12 Israel Vázquez