Raúl Márquez

Raúl Márquez born August 28, 1971 in Valle Hermoso, Tamaulipas is a Mexican boxer who represented the United States in the 1992 Summer Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain and an IBF Jr. Middleweight Champion. In 1976 Raul came to the United States and began an amatuer carerr in boxing. In 1992 Raul made his Pro Debut in San Antonio, Tx. He now lives in Houston, Tx with his wife and three sons.

Amateur career

*1987 United States Jr. Olympic Welterweight champion.
*1989 United States Amateur welterweight champion.
*1991 United States Amateur Light middleweight champion.
*1991 AIBF Light Middleweght World Amature Champion.
*Represented the United States at the 1992 Olympic as a Light Middleweight. His results were:
**Defeated David Defiagbon (Nigeria) 8-7
**Defeated Rival Cadeau (The Seychelles) 20-3
**Lost to Orhan Delibas (Netherlands) 12-16

Pro career

Márquez began his professional career after the Barcelona Games in 1992, and got off to an impressive start, winning his first 25 bouts to set up a shot at the Vacant IBF Light Middleweight Title against Anthony Stephens. Marquez won by TKO to capture the belt. Marquez successfully defended his title twice, including a victory over Keith Mullings, before getting TKO'd by Mexican legend Luis Ramon Campas. In 1999 Marquez challenged IBF Light Middleweight champion Fernando Vargas, but was dominated and TKO'd in the 11th. In 2003 Marquez took on another elite fighter, Shane Mosley, a fight which ended in a bloody no-contest after a clash of heads. In 2004 Marquez, then campaigning as Middleweight, took on the much stronger Jermain Taylor, who won by TKO after Marquez's corner retired in round nine.

On June 21, 2008, Marquez defeated Giovanni Lorenzo by unanimous decision in an IBF middleweight title eliminator. The fight took place at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida. Marquez applied pressure, while Lorenzo tried to box from the outside. Marquez' workrate gave Lorenzo problems, which he often didn't have answers for. Marquez was cut over the right eye in round ten, but Lorenzo was deducted a point for a headbutt in the same round and the fighters continued to fight after the bell. Scores were 114-113 across the board for Marquez. [cite web
last =Freitag
first =Karl
coauthors =R. Macalua
title =Marquez upsets Lorenzo!
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date =2008-06-21
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accessdate =2008-06-21
]

Marquez currently works on the announcing team for HBO television's Spanish broadcasts, and for shows shown on HBO Latino.

###@@@KEY@@@###Succession box
before=Terry Norris
(Vacated title)
title=IBF Light Middleweight Champion
after=Yory Boy Campas
years=12 April 1997–6 December 1997

References

External links

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* [http://www.hboworldboxing.com/apps/hboe/Boxer.do?BoxerTkey=INDP101 HBO Boxing Bio]


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