Double Trouble: Marquez brothers back in ring together
More than five years have elapsed since one of the most successful brother combinations in boxing history fought on the same card.
That family inconvenience will change on Aug. 5 when featherweight Juan Manuel Marquez and bantamweight Rafael Marquez headline the “Double Trouble” card at MontBleu Resort Casino and Spa’s outdoor arena.
“It is exciting and we are proud (for) the family, friends and everybody,” said International Boxing Federation champion Rafael Marquez of Mexico City during a Showtime teleconference on Tuesday.
The brothers came to the boxing forefront in 2003 when Juan and Rafael each captured IBF titles within a two-week span. In the process they became the fourth Mexican brother combination to claim world championships. The last time the brothers were on the same card, the venue wasn’t far away as both scored knockouts on April 1, 2001, in Reno.
For the second time in nine months, Rafael (35-3, 31 KOs) and Silence Mabuza (19-1, 15 KOs) will trade punches in Stateline. Both sides differ in opinion in what transpired the last time, when ring doctor Stephen Brown stopped the fight in the fourth round due to a pair of cuts to Mabuza’s face.
“That fight should have been a technical draw,” said Nick Durandt, Mabuza’s trainer and manager. “When the ref was interviewed in the ring after the fight, and he looked at the monitor and the guy said to him, ‘How do you see the fight now?’ he said, ‘I messed up. It was a headbutt.’ ”
Rafael, who holds the IBO bantamweight title as well, was confused why the Johannesburg, South Africa pugilist desired a rematch.
“Maybe he thought that he won that fight or he was winning that fight. I don’t know,” Rafael said. “But we are preparing to do a good show on Aug. 5, so the boxing fans are going to love it.”
Durandt said his fighter wasn’t asking for anything he didn’t deserve. Mabuza needed to win an elimination bout with Ricardo Vargas in April in New York to earn another shot at Rafael as the No. 1 contender.
“We were offered other fights for world titles after we had beaten Vargas. I discussed this with my fighter, but my fighter wants Marquez,” Durandt said. “He wants to go back to Lake Tahoe and take back what belongs to him and win the IBF belt that we went there originally to win.”
Like his brother, Juan Manuel will take nearly twice as much pro experience into the ring in Stateline. The 32-year-old Juan (44-3-1, 33 KOs) will meet Terdsak Jandarng (24-1, 15 KOs) for the World Boxing Organization’s 126-pound interim championship.
Juan Manuel, however, will be attempting to rebound after being dominated by World Boxing Association featherweight champ Chris John on March 4 in Borneo, Indonesia.
“I come into the fight preparing myself to prove to the boxing fans and prove to the world that I am still Juan Marquez, and there will be a Juan Marquez for a long time,” he said.
Jandarng, the WBO’s No. 1 contender, and Juan Manuel exchanged compliments instead of blows during the teleconference.
“He is top notch,” Juan Manuel said. “He is very quick. I think he is a great fighter. That is why I am preparing myself like usual, so I do not get any surprises that night.”
“Marquez is very strong,” Jandarng said. “He is a top, quality fighter and I am looking forward to seeing him in the ring on August 5.”
Reno’s Joey Gilbert (11-1, eight KOs) will fight on the undercard against an unnamed opponent. The first undercard bout is set for 4:30 p.m. and the Marquez-Jandarng main event at 6 p.m.
Ticket prices range from $40 to $200 and can be purchased at MontBleu, by phoning 1 (800) 648-3353 or online at http://www.ticketmaster.com.
HBO show on Aug. 19 in Reno
A key welterweight bout is coming to the Reno Events Center on Aug. 19.
Unbeaten Paul Williams, who has 22 knockout victories in 30 fights, will battle former two-time world champ Sharmba Mitchell in an HBO “Boxing After Dark” card.
Tickets are on sale for $30 to $155 at Circus Circus, Eldorado Hotel Casino, Silver Legacy Resort Casino; ticketmaster.com and by calling 1 (888) 288-1833.
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