Japan’s Toshiaki Nishioka (38-4-3, 24 KOs) looks to make the seventh defense of his WBC junior featherweight title against veteran former world champ, Rafael Marquez (40-6, 36 KOs) Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas as part of a Fox Deportes televised card at 10PM ET/PT.
Nishioka, whose biggest wins include a third round stoppage of Jhonny Gonzalez in 2009 and a one-sided unanimous decision over the UK’s Rendall Munroe in 2010, has been in the world championship picture since winning the interim 122 lb. title from Napapol Sor Rungvisai in 2008.
Marquez, the 36-year-old former IBF bantamweight and WBC junior featherweight world champion, made an unsuccessful bid for a world title at featherweight against defending titlist, Juan Manuel Lopez in November of 2010, retiring in his corner between rounds eight and nine due to injury. Most recently, Marquez stopped journeyman, Eduardo Becerril, in a July card held in Cancun, Mexico.
In the championship co-feature, Roman “El Chocolatito” Gonzalez (29-0, 24 KOs) of Nicaragua seeks to make the third defense of his WBA junior flyweight belt against former two-time world title challenger, Mexico City’s Omar Soto (22-7-2, 15 KOs).
Also scheduled on the card is fringe welterweight contender, Jesus Soto Karass (24-6-3, 16 KOs), fresh from back-to-back losses to Mike Jones, taking on undefeated Japanese welterweight prospect, Yoshihiro Kamegai (18-0, 16 KOs)
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