23-year-old, Hernan “Tyson” Marquez (32-2, 25 KOs) looks to make the third defense of his WBA flyweight title this Saturday against tough former junior flyweight titlist from the Philippines, Rodel Mayol (30-5-2, 22 KOs) at the Centro de Usos Multiples in Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico.
Marquez, who has named Fighter of the Year and one half of Fight of the Year by the WBA, won his title via TKO 11 in a thrilling WBA Fight of the Year war with Panama’s Luis Concepcion last April. Since then, the southpaw banger has scored two TKO victories in defense of his title. In July of last year, Marquez stopped Filipino, Edrin Dapudong in three rounds and then, three months later, stopped former champ Luis Concepcion in the first round of their championship rematch.
The only losses on the Empalme, Sonora native’s record have come against two other Filipino fighters, Richie Mepranum (UD 10) and Nonito Donaire (TKO 8), both in 2010.
Mayol, who is managed by Manny Pacquiao, is 4-0 against sub-par opposition since dropping his WBC junior flyweight title to Omar Niño Romero via unanimous decision in June of 2010. Mayol won the title in November of 2009 in an abbreviated, foul-filled two-round bout against long-reigning champ, Edgar Sosa. In that contest, a flagrant headbutt that shattered Sosa’s cheek and orbital bone mistakenly led to a TKO call from the referee.
The ten year veteran had made previous attempts at junior flyweight world titles in failed bids for Ulises Solis’ IBF title in 2007 and a pair of challenges to WBO titlist, Ivan Calderon in 2009. The rough, foul-prone battler also failed in a 2006 bid for the WBC strawweight title against Thailand’s Eagle Kyowa.
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