Juan Manuel Márquez vs. Joel Casamayor

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The Challenge
Date September 13, 2008
Venue MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, United States
Tale of the tape
Boxer Mexico Juan Manuel Marquez Cuba Joel Casamayor
Nickname Dinamita Cepillo
Hometown Mexico City, Mexico Guantanamo, Cuba
Pre-fight record 48–4–1 (36 KO) 36–3–1 (17 KO)
Height 5 feet, 7 inches 5 feet, 7 inches
Recognition Former IBF & WBA Super World Featherweight Champion and WBC Super Featherweight Champion. Former WBC lightweight champion. Ring Magazine Lightweight Champion.
Result
Marquez via TKO of eleventh round.

Juan Manuel Márquez vs. Joel Casamayor was a boxing lightweight superfight. In 2008 reigning lightweight Champion "El Cepillo" Casamayor met former two-division World Champion Juan Manuel Dinamita Márquez at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas for a 12-round championship bout.[1] Casamayor was the champion of boxing's lightweight division, recognized as the title holder by Ring Magazine, even though he didn't own any of the belts from boxing's four major sanctioning bodies.

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Márquez defeated Casamayor in the 11th round after two knockdowns, and captured his sixth world title in three different weight classes. In the first four rounds of the bout, Márquez continually walked into counter punches from Casamayor. It took Márquez until the fifth round to be able to find the range with his right hand. By the fifth round, a cut over Casamayor's right eye was opened from a clash of heads. Rounds five, six, seven, and eight were rounds where Márquez landed straight punches from the outside, but he was also struck by Casamayor whenever he lunged forward. Two minutes into the eleventh round, Casamayor was knocked down by a right punch as he pulled away from an intense exchange. Casamayor was able to get on his feet, but it was clear he was still shakey from the knockdown. As soon as the action was allowed to resume, Márquez went in for the kill as he let his punches go in furious combination. Casamayor punched back, but he was knocked down again with about 7 seconds left in the round. Referee Tony Weeks stepped in the bout, and stopped the fight as he deemed Casamyor unable to continue. The official judges had the fight scored 95-95, 95-95, and 97-93 for Márquez before the 11th-round knockout.[2] After the win, Ring magazine ranked Márquez second on its pound for pound list, and rated him as the lightweight champion.[3]

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