Auditorio Municipal, Tijuana, Baja California– A heavy bag would’ve been more of contest for Rafael Marquez (41-7, 37 KOs) as hapless Erik Aiken (16-9-1, 12 KOs) fell to the former two-division world champ in 2:26 of the first round without so much as landing a real punch.
Aiken, who actually had a brief, zero defense run as IBF featherweight champ in 2006, was a late replacement for Kenichi Yamaguchi and had not won a bout since dropping his title, four months after winning it in 2006. He was also only in his third fight back from a self-imposed retirement between 2008 and 2011.
Marquez merely walked the Washington DC native down, pinned him against the ropes, and fired shots at will until Aiken collapsed to the canvas. “Mighty Mouse” Aiken beat the count, but seconds later was back up against the ropes, helpless, and absorbing way too many shots before the referee saw fit to stop the slaughter.
It was hardly a battle befitting the Cinco de Mayo celebration.
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