MÉXICO CITY (September 27, 2010) — Two-division world champion Rafael Marquez took his training up a notch last week as he prepares for his world title battle against undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez on Saturday, November 6, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The rumble between the pride of México and Puerto Rico, respectively, will be televised live by SHOWTIME Championship Boxing. The 12-round world championship bout, originally set for Sept. 18, had to be rescheduled after Marquez injured his right thumb.
“The injury is totally healed. This will be the best preparation of my career. I will work very hard so I defeat Juanma when we meet because I know he will also be in top shape. We are going to give the fans the fight they deserve, which will be nothing less than the fight of the year,” said Marquez.
Marquez is training in México City under the tutelage of Hall of Fame fighter and former world champion Daniel Zaragoza, now a world-class trainer in his own right.
“I am working on my strength training right know and sparring against bigger guys. As the training moves a long I will be working on my speed and I will put it all together by the time we fight. I know that I need to be at my best to defeat Juanma and I will be,” said Marquez.
Promoted by Top Rank, in association with PR Best Boxing, Zanfer Promotions and Gary Shaw Productions, tickets to Lopez vs, Marquez are priced at $400, $300, $200, $100 and $50, and can be purchased at all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations (select Smith’s Food and Drug Centers and Ritmo Latino.) Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster (800) 745-3000. Tickets are also available for purchase at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com.
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