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- Born: August 28, 1971
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- Age: 52
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- Stance: Southpaw
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- Nationality: Mexican-American
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Boxing legend Raúl Márquez had a long professional career that spanned over 16 years from 1992 to 2008. Throughout his career, he fought a total of 47 fights, winning 41 of them, and losing only four fights. Additionally, he had one draw and one no-contest in his professional record. Of those 41 wins, 29 came by knockout. He also won one world title as a super-welterweight in 1997, with two successful title defenses.
Márquez was born on August 28, 1971, in Valle Hermoso Tamaulipas, Mexico. He represented the United States at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona where he gained experience in amateur boxing.
His professional boxing career began after the 1992 Olympics, and Márquez wasted no time in racking up wins, winning his first 25 bouts. It all paid off when, after 25 wins, he challenged Anthony Stephens for the vacant IBF Light Middleweight title and won it via TKO in the ninth round.
The victory earned him the title of the IBF Light Middleweight champion of the world, and he went on to defend it twice, one of which was a quick victory over Romallis Ellis in July 1997 where he won via TKO in the fourth round. He then challenged Fernando Vargas for his IBF Light Middleweight title but was defeated in the 11th round. Vargas's tactical superiority made the fight look like a one-sided affair, and Márquez lost via TKO.
After being defeated by Vargas, Raúl went on to fight Shane Mosley in 2003, but the fight ended in a no contest due to a clash of heads that caused a severe cut above Mosley's left eye. The doctor called for the fight to be stopped, and it was declared a technical no-contest.
In 2004, Márquez moved up to middleweight and faced undefeated champion Jermain Taylor. The fight ended in the ninth round, with Márquez's corner pulling him out. This loss did not stop him from continuing to fight, and in 2008 he faced Giovanni Lorenzo in an IBF middleweight title eliminator. Márquez won via unanimous decision, which set him up for a showdown with undefeated Arthur Abraham for the IBF Middleweight title. Unfortunately, he lost to Abraham in the sixth round and decided it was time to retire.
Despite the few losses he suffered during his career, Raúl Márquez will always be remembered for his impressive record of 41 wins, 29 of those wins by KO, and one world title win.
Throughout his career, he was known for a strong southpaw stance of 5 ft 10+1⁄2 in (179 cm) height and a 74-inch reach. His fighting nickname, "El Diamante," or "the diamond" in English, described his hard work and determination in the ring, where he would shine bright like a diamond.
Some of Márquez's most notable wins were over Romallis Ellis, Humberto Aranda, Miguel Hernandez, Tony Menefee, Jay Pina, Jonathan Corn, and Roberto Baro. He went undefeated in his first 28 fights, earning himself a reputation as a promising new talent in the sport.
Overall, Márquez was a fierce competitor with a successful career. He retired from professional boxing with a record of 41-4-1, which included 29 knockout wins and four losses via knockout. Despite some devastating losses in his career, Márquez remained resilient and fought hard in the ring. Today, he works as an announcer for Showtime on their Spanish-language broadcasts, as well as the English-language ShoBox: The New Generation series, and continues to contribute to the sport that he loves.
Raúl Márquez Fight Record
|47||Nov 8, 2008||37||Arthur Abraham||Loss||RTD6|
|46||Jun 21, 2008||36||Giovanni Lorenzo||Win||UD|
|45||Mar 29, 2008||36||Bronco McKart||Draw||MD|
|44||Aug 8, 2007||35||Jay Pina||Win||TKO2|
|43||Mar 16, 2007||35||Jonathan Corn||Win||TKO1|
|42||Sep 22, 2006||35||Elco Garcia||Win||KO7|
|41||Jul 8, 2006||34||Sergio Rios||Win||TKO5|
|40||Apr 29, 2006||34||Miguel Hernandez||Win||TKO9|
|39||Jun 19, 2004||32||Jermain Taylor||Loss||RTD9|
|38||Oct 23, 2003||32||Humberto Aranda||Win||KO4|
|37||Feb 8, 2003||31||Shane Mosley||NC||NC|
|36||Mar 8, 2002||30||Anthony Brooks||Win||UD|
|35||Aug 23, 2001||29||Roberto Baro||Win||KO7|
|34||May 18, 2001||29||Tony Menefee||Win||TKO4|
|33||Feb 15, 2001||29||Rob Bleakley||Win||TKO5|
|32||Jul 17, 1999||27||Fernando Vargas||Loss||TKO11|
|31||Mar 19, 1999||27||Michael Lerma||Win||UD|
|30||Sep 25, 1998||27||Jose Flores||Win||UD|
|29||Dec 6, 1997||26||Yori Boy Campas||Loss||TKO8|
|28||Sep 13, 1997||26||Keith Mullings||Win||SD|
|27||Jul 5, 1997||25||Romallis Ellis||Win||TKO4|
|26||Apr 12, 1997||25||Anthony Stephens||Win||TKO9|
|25||Jan 10, 1997||25||Rafael Williams||Win||RTD5|
|24||Dec 6, 1996||25||Scott Smith||Win||KO2|
|23||Mar 5, 1996||24||Skipper Kelp||Win||UD|
|22||Jan 30, 1996||24||James McCray||Win||TKO6|
|21||Jul 9, 1995||23||Ernie Houser||Win||TKO4|
|20||Apr 11, 1995||23||Floyd Williams||Win||UD|
|19||Jan 10, 1995||23||Alain Bonnamie||Win||UD|
|18||Nov 5, 1994||23||Jorge Vaca||Win||UD|
|17||Oct 1, 1994||23||Darryl Cherry||Win||TKO6|
|16||Aug 23, 1994||22||Alex Rios||Win||KO1|
|15||Jul 27, 1994||22||Jacobo Garcia||Win||KO1|
|14||Apr 16, 1994||22||Patrick Swann||Win||TKO9|
|13||Feb 22, 1994||22||John Jeter||Win||PTS|
|12||Jan 14, 1994||22||Reggie Strickland||Win||TKO1|
|11||Jul 24, 1993||21||Eduardo Ayala||Win||PTS|
|10||Jun 26, 1993||21||Tommy Small||Win||UD|
|9||May 28, 1993||21||Mark Allman||Win||TKO1|
|8||Mar 23, 1993||21||Jose Angel Garcia||Win||TKO4|
|7||Feb 27, 1993||21||Leo Edwards||Win||TKO3|
|6||Feb 6, 1993||21||Tyrone Haywood||Win||TKO1|
|5||Jan 9, 1993||21||Andre Brown||Win||TKO1|
|4||Dec 1, 1992||21||Ivory Teague||Win||TKO2|
|3||Nov 13, 1992||21||Jose Gonzalez||Win||RTD1|
|2||Oct 24, 1992||21||Andre Watkins||Win||KO1|
|1||Oct 3, 1992||21||Rafael Rezzaq||Win||TKO4|