Marquez Takes Care of Business

By Robert Ecksel on July 16, 2011
Marquez Takes Care of Business
"Sometimes that’s the way fights go," said Marquez. "Sometimes they’re short."

Marquez clipped Ramos with a left jab followed by a straight right that was right on the money—and Ramos went down like a controlled demolition…

WBA/WBO lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez (53-5-1, 39 KOs) took care of business Saturday night at Plaza de Toros in Cancun, Mexico, by knocking out former WBA super flyweight champ Likar Ramos (24-4, 18 KOs) at 1:47 of the first round of a scheduled 10-round non-title bout.

Marquez, 37-years old, from Mexico City, fighting out of the red corner and wearing black trunks with red trim, weighed in at an official weight of 140 lbs. Ramos, 25-years-old, from Barranquilla, Colombia, fighting out of the blue corner and wearing black trunks trimmed with white, weighed in at an official weight of 135 lbs.

The fight was billed as a tune-up and that was what it was. Marquez was risking a $5 million payday against Manny Pacquiao in November, but the man taking most of the risk turned out to be the Likar Ramos.

At the opening bell, both fighters started fast. They moved well and traded jabs. Marquez landed a punch to the body. Ramos countered with a short right. Marquez landed a quick right of his own, and another shot downstairs. Marquez clipped Ramos with a left jab followed by a straight right that was right on the money—and Ramos went down like a controlled demolition. His left foot was twitching, but he was out cold.

Marquez hoped to work off some of the ring rust from the last eight months of inactivity. But as he said after the bout, “Sometimes that’s the way fights go. Sometimes they’re short. I wanted more rounds. I happened to get a great punch on him, and he couldn’t take it.”

When asked about his upcoming fight with Pacquiao, Marquez said, “I want him to prepare well because I’m going to prepare well. With Pacquiao and me, it’s going to be a war.”

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