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SAN DIEGO, April 13, 2012 – Five months ago, Juan Manuel Marquez lost his highly anticipated third fight with Manny Pacquiao in one of the closest contests of 2011. The match between two warriors with a long history and a score to settle lived up to expectations, but it left a big question unanswered.
Had Marquez won, the sport’s match-ups in the light welterweight and welterweight ranks might be a lot different. Instead, Marquez (53-6, 39 KOs, one draw) is taking on a relatively unknown fighter in the United States, the European light welterweight champion from Ukraine, Sergey Fedchenko (30-1, 13 KOs), in a pay-per-view event live from the new Arena Mexico in Mexico City. This will be Marquez’ first fight back in Mexico since 1994, opening this new venue. Both fighters weighed in Friday right at the 140-pound weight limit.
Brandon Rios will fight as the co-feature bout from Las Vegas on the Marquez-Fedchenko card. Rios was originally scheduled to fight Cuban Yuriorkis Gamboa. But Gamboa didn’t show up for their news conference and eventually withdrew. Meanwhile, Miami fighter Richard Abril did show up, got in his face and challenged him to a fight.
Abril (17-2-1, 8 KOs) will get his shot, and it’s going to pay off for him. Rios (29-0-1, 22 KOs) has struggled to make weight and once again, he failed in two attempts to make the weight limit of 135 pounds on Friday night. He came in at 137 pounds, and on his second attempt actually weighed 139. Abril weighed in at 135.
The fight will still go on. According to ESPN.com, Rios will pay Abril a premium to fight with a weight disadvantage. Abril can win the vacant title, but Rios is no longer eligible. Rios was fined $45,000 by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, with half to the Commission and half to Abril. So Abril has a terrific, nothing-to-lose opportunity.
In the first fight on the pay-per-view program, Filipino lightweight Mercito Gesta (24-0-1, 12 KOs) will take on Oscar Cuero (15-7, 12 KOs), also in Las Vegas.
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The bout will be televised as an HBO pay-per-view only.
Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Media Migraine in the Communities at The Washington Times. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego.
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