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3 P.R v Mexico fights, really tasty card.

Headlined by Roman Martinez against Miguel Beltran Jr in a WBO eliminator for a shot at Broner.

Undercard is Rafa Marquez against Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. Great fight and one that Rafa can win, would have liked to him retire by now but this is a fight against a top opponent that shouldn't be too dangerous.

Calderon is also trying to regain his WBO Minimumweight belt against Moises Fuentes. Big questions over whether he can still cut it at the top level however at least he is back at his favoured weight. Be good if this was his last fight and he went out on a win in front of his home crowd regaining his title.

No idea about TV yet, hopefully one of the smaller US stations can pick it up.

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Rafa Marquez/Vasquez Jr Confirmed for August 4th!

A recent announcement from PR Best Boxing Promotions confirmed a previous breaking news report from Boxingscene , that former champions Wilfredo Vazquez Jr and Rafael Marquez will meet August 4 at Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico.

The bout - which headlines an independent pay-per-view telecast - figures to be the latest entry in the rich tradition of memorable in-ring wars between Puerto Rico and Mexico.

"It's all set," promoter Peter Rivera confirmed in a statement. "On August 4 in Puerto Rico, Wilfredo Vázquez Jr. and Rafael Marquez will face for the WBO International title in Puerto Rico in another "war" between Puerto Rico and Mexico."

Vazquez Jr. (21-2-1, 18KO) raced to the top of the 122 lb. ranks, capturing a major title in just his 19th pro fight, despite being forced to learn on the job due to a lack of an amateur background. The second generation prize fighter turned heads with his title-winning 4th round knockout of Marvin Sonsona in Feb. '10, just over three years into his pro career.

Two successful defenses followed before Vazquez Jr. fell prey to a resurgent Jorge Arce last May. Vazquez Jr. was holding his own throughout, but struggled down the stretch and was battered in the final round before being rescued by his father and trainer Wilfredo Vazquez Sr.

The loss to Arce began a difficult stretch for hard-hitting Boricua, who has now lost two of his last three. He enters this bout on the heels of a split decision loss to Nonito Donaire earlier this year.

One-half of one of the most accomplished brother acts in boxing history, Marquez (41-7, 37KO) continues to hover around at age 37. The former two-division champ believes he still has more to the game even after leading what has arguably been a Hall of Fame career.

Marquez captured titles the hard way, knocking off Tim Austin and Israel Vazquez to truly earn the championship label. His March '07 win over Vazquez ignited what is universally recognized as among the greatest in-ring rivalries ever.

Unfortunately for Marquez, the first fight was followed by two straight defeats, suffering a stoppage loss in the rematch and a split decision defeat in their epic March '08 war. Both fighters stepped away from the game after their third fight, but returned a year later. Marquez has since won four of his last six, including a stoppage win over a shot Vazquez in their fourth fight two years ago.

A third title reign has been on Marquez' mind since returning to the ring in May '09, but he has fallen short in failed bids against Juan Manuel Lopez and Toshiaki Nishioka.

War Rafa! :ibutt:ibutt:ibutt

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Marquez will blast Vasquez Jr.

Why is Calderon still going?! :patsch
Money? What would his purses have been like a few years ago?

I'd like to see Rafa get the win here. Vazquez has the sort of style he can take advantage of. He didn't look like he had many top level fights left after the Nishioka fight but this is one of the best out there for him stylistically. Wonder whether he'll be matched up with Donaire or Rigo if he wins? I'd personally still like to see him fight Arce.
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