Last Updated on Monday, 27 September 2010 20:21
Written by Alexander Zammit
Monday, 27 September 2010 20:19
Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez Vs Rafael Marquez
Two-division world champion Rafael Marquez took his training up a notch last week as he prepares for his world title battle against undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez on Saturday, November 6, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The fight between the pride of México and Puerto Rico, will be televised live by SHOWTIME Championship Boxing. The 12-round world championship bout, originally set for Sept. 18, had to be rescheduled after Marquez injured his right thumb which is now completely healed.
Lopez (29-0, 26 KOs), of Caguas , Puerto Rico , will be making his second defense of the featherweight title he captured in January. He previously held the WBO junior featherweight crown during a two-year reign which included five successful title defenses, four by knockout.
Marquez (39-5, 35 KOs), of México City , has held the International Boxing Federation (IBF) bantamweight and World Boxing Council (WBC) super bantamweight titles. He’ll be looking to join his brother Juan Manuel as the only brothers to win world titles in three different divisions. Marquez returns to the ring after knocking out arch rival Israel Vasquez in the third round of their May 22 championship bout to even up their historic series at 2-2.