Rafael Marquez retains bantamweight belts vs. Mabuza

Originally Published: August 5, 2006
Associated Press

STATELINE, Nev. -- Rafael Marquez retained his IBF and IBO bantamweight championships by stopping Silence Mabuza with a steady beating in the ninth round Saturday night.

Marquez (36-3, 32 KOs) used his jab effectively and followed up with rights to the head of Mabuza (19-2).

Referee Tony Weeks stopped the contest after Mabuza's corner threw in the towel.

"He's a great fighter. He has a great punch, but I was surprised he came right back. He threw some punches but I got my second wind and it shows my strength," Marquez said.

The fight was part of a doubleheader at MontBleu Hotel Resort & Casino at Lake Tahoe's south shore. Marquez's brother, Juan Manuel Marquez, stopped Terdsak Jandaeng, of Thailand, 1:15 into the sixth round.

Referee Jay Nady ended the fight after a virtually defenseless Jandaeng took a relentless pounding from Marquez.

Marquez (45-3-1, 34 KOs), of Mexico City, put Jandaeng (2-42) down in the second and sixth rounds. Marquez won the WBO interim featherweight championship.

Rafael Marquez, also of Mexico City, said he is moving up from the 118-pound class to 122 pounds after this fight.

He retained his IBF belt and took Mabuza's IBO title here Nov. 5 with a fourth-round technical knockout caused by an accidental head butt.

Mabuza called Marquez the No. 1 bantamweight in the world.

"Now and then you get caught with punches people can't see," he said.

His trainer, Nick Durandt, said he stopped the fight because he thought the referee would have stepped in if his fighter returned for the 10th round.

"My fighter's health and well-being mean more. My fighter comes first. He'll live to fight another day," Durandt said.

On the undercard, local boxer Joey Gilbert of Reno needed just 2:50 to stop Jason Aaker of Grand Forks, N.D., in a super middleweight bout scheduled for eight rounds.

Jorge Lacierva stopped fellow Mexican Jose Berenza at 2:16 in the fifth round of their scheduled eight-round junior featherweight match. Russian Vladimir Zykov ran his record to 17-0 by stopping James Wayka of Mounds View, Minn., at 2:25 of the fifth. Antonio Izquierdo of Cuba stopped Jonathan Nelson of Oklahoma City 2:10 into the first round.

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