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Marquez Defeats Barrera!

Juan Manuel Marquez defeated Marco Antonio Barrera to capture the WBC Super featherweight title Saturday Night from the Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas. The fight was full of action as both fighters stood in the middle of the ring and exchanged shot after shot. The year is still early, but we may have a candidate for Fight of the Year.

Barrera (63-5, 42KO’s) who was accompanied to the ring by Ricky Hatton, came out strong, establishing a dominating jab and left hook that handed him control of the fight early. The tide quickly changed in the 7th round when Marquez (47-3-1, 35KO’s) has Barrera stunned and wobbly. The “Baby Face Assassin” would survive the onslaught and would himself catch Marquez was a huge right hand that sent him crashing to the floor in what seemed to be a knockdown. As Marquez was kneeling the canvas, Barrera threw one more shot as Referee Jay Nady came in. Nady, who must have had a poor line of sight, ruled the obvious knockdown as a slip and also deducted 1 point for Barrera for the late hit.
The action continued as the fight when on, but Barrera seemed to lose his steam. Believing he had done enough to win the fight, his level of eagerness seemed to drop, ala De La Hoya/Trinidad. Marquez seized this opportunity and continued to land his power shots, winning the majority of the later rounds.
Judges at ringside scored the bout 118-109, 116-111, 116-11, but the fight seemed to be much closer than that. touchgloves.com had the fight score 114-113 for Barrera.
Fight fans were in for a real treat. One can only hope a Rematch will be made soon.
– Daniel Ponce De Leon out slugged Gerry Penalosa in an exciting 122lbs bout. Ponce De Leon changed his slugging style early in the fight, throwing 1399 punches to Penalosa’s 481. Judges at ringside scored the bout 119-109, 119-109, 120-108. There were no knockdowns in the fight, but both fighters had visible damage to their faces.
– What Larry Merchant called a “Zen Boxing Match” turned into a very exciting bout between Demetrius Hopkins and Steve Forbes which Hopkins won by unanimous decision. Although Forbes threw more punches, landed more punches, and look like he controlled the fight, all three judges saw the fight in favor of Hopkins, 118-110, 118-110, 117-111.
touchgloves.com had the fight 115-113 for Forbes.
Round two saw the fighters stand toe to toe and exchange power shots, with Forbes throwing and landing the harder, cleaner punches.
The fighters continued to impress the crowd in the third round trading power shots., although the fight seemed to edge in Steve Forbes favor.
Forbes continuously kept the pressure up, throwing lefts to the head and body of the taller Hopkins. Hopkins looked tired from the early rounds on, which one can assume came from the excessive body blows
At the urging of his Uncle Bernard from ring side, Hopkins began to let his hands go during the 7th round and continued for the rest of the fight. The fight seemed to be close going to the cards, with much of the crowd expecting Forbes to take the win.
As expected, the crowd voiced its displeasure with the judges decision and scoring.


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5 Responses to “Marquez Defeats Barrera!”

  1. Lefty says:

    Thnx 4 tha recap of the fight! I had Barrera winning too

  2. King's Corner says:

    What a close fight and you are right we better have a rematch. Where does NV get these judges? How could we see such one-sided score cards on fights that were in everyone’s eyes one or two rounds apart?
    Demetrius Hopkins in my eyes clearly lost his fight. GB promotions would not want their future manufacturered start to lose to someone from contender but I think the fans know exactly who won.

  3. King's Corner says:

    I had Barrera by two rounds

  4. Lakers Suck says:

    REMATCH – REMATCH – REMATCH. Let’s get some judges with experience this time.

  5. ImJNady says:

    Knockdown, what knockdown?

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