|Real name||Raúl Márquez|
|Rated at||Super middleweight
|Height||5 ft 11 in (182 cm)|
|Reach||75 in (192 cm)|
August 21, 1971 |
Valle Hermoso, Tamaulipas, Mexico
|Wins by KO||37|
|Competitor for United States|
|World Amateur Championships|
|1990 Seattle||Light middleweight|
Raúl Márquez (born August 28, 1971) is a Mexican American former boxer, and the former IBF champion at light middleweight. Márquez also represented the U.S. at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona.
Márquez came to the U.S. in 1976 and began his boxing amateur career. His highlights included:
- 1987 United States Jr. Olympic welterweight champion
- 1989 United States amateur welterweight champion
- 1991 United States amateur light middleweight champion
- 1991 AIBF light middleweight world amateur champion
- Represented the United States at the 1992 Olympics at light middleweight. His results were:
IBF light middleweight title challenge
All those bouts set up a shot at the Vacant IBF Light Middleweight Title against Anthony Stephens. Márquez won by TKO to capture the belt. Raúl successfully defended his title twice, including a victory over Keith Mullings, before getting TKO'd by Mexican legend Luis Ramon Campas.
Márquez vs. Vargas
In 1999, Márquez challenged then-undefeated IBF light middleweight champion Fernando Vargas, but was dominated and stopped in the eleventh round. Márquez took on another elite fighter in 2003, Shane Mosley, in a fight which ended in a bloody no contest after a clash of heads. In 2004, now campaigning at middleweight, Márquez took on the much stronger and then-undefeated Jermain Taylor, who won by TKO after Márquez's corner decided to pull him out in round nine.
IBF middleweight title run
On June 21, 2008, Márquez defeated Giovanni Lorenzo by unanimous decision in an IBF middleweight title eliminator. The fight took place at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida. Márquez applied pressure, while Lorenzo tried to box from the outside. Márquez's workrate gave Lorenzo problems, for which he often no answer. Márquez was cut over the right eye in round ten, but Lorenzo was docked a point for a headbutt in the same round and the fighters continued to fight after the bell. Scores were 114–113 across the board for Márquez.
On November 8, 2008, at the age of 37, Márquez lost to then-defeated Arthur Abraham via sixth-round technical knockout at the Bamberg's Jako Arena, in what was the 8th defense of his IBF middleweight title.
Márquez currently works on the announcing team for Showtime on their Spanish-language broadcasts, as well as the English-language ShoBox: The New Generation series. He has also worked for HBO, NBC, Telefutura and many other networks.
- List of Mexican boxing world champions
- List of WBA world champions
- List of light middleweight boxing champions
|IBF light middleweight champion
12 April 1997–6 December 1997
Yory Boy Campas
- Freitag, Karl; R. Macalua (2008-06-21). "Marquez upsets Lorenzo!". Fightnews.com. Retrieved 2008-06-21.[dead link]