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Failure to stage mandatory bout costs Marquez

Updated: August 17, 2005, 8:42 PM ET
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

Juan Manuel Marquez's featherweight title reign ended with the hum of a fax machine, not the thud of a fist, on Monday.

Marquez, who unified the IBF and WBA titles in 2003, was stripped by the IBF because no promoter was willing to spend the minimum $50,000 on a purse bid for his mandatory title defense, and that defense was overdue.

Under the WBA's complicated rules, the IBF stripping Marquez is expected to lead the WBA to withdraw its recognition of Marquez as a "super champion." ...

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