The Challenge
DateSeptember 13, 2008
LocationMGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, United States
Title(s) on the line

Mexico Juan Manuel Marquez vs. Cuba Joel Casamayor
Dinamita Cepillo
Tale of the tape
Mexico City, Mexico From Guantanamo, Cuba
48–4–1 (36 KO) Pre-fight record 36–3–1 (17 KO)
5 feet, 7 inches Height 5 feet, 7 inches
Former IBF & WBA Super World Featherweight Champion and WBC Super Featherweight Champion. Recognition Former WBC lightweight champion. Ring Magazine Lightweight Champion.

Result Marquez via TKO of eleventh round.

Juan Manuel Márquez vs. Joel Casamayor was a boxing lightweight superfight. México celebrated its independence from Spain on the historic date of September 16, 1810 and over the years, this day had grown to become a special day of celebration, especially in the world of sports and entertainment. In 2008 the boxing world celebrated Mexico’s Independence Day when reigning lightweight Champion “El Cepillo” Casamayor met former two-division World Champion Juan Manuel Dinamita Márquez at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas for a 12-round championship bout that celebrated the best of the sweet science and two of its greatest practitioners.[1] Casamayor was the true champion of boxing's lightweight division, recognized as the title holder by Ring Magazine, even though he didn't own any of the belts from boxing's four major sanctioning bodies.

The Fight

Márquez defeated Casamayor in the 11th round after two knockdowns, and captured his sixth world title in three different weight classes. In the first four rounds of the bout, Márquez continually walked into counter punches from Casamayor. It took Márquez until the fifth round to be able to find the range with his right hand. By the fifth round, a cut over Casamayor's right eye was opened from a clash of heads. Rounds five, six, seven, and eight were rounds where Márquez landed straight punches from the outside, but he was also struck by Casamayor whenever he lunged forward. Two minutes into the eleventh round, Casamayor was knocked down by a right punch as he pulled away from an intense exchange. Casamayor was able to get on his feet, but it was clear he was still shakey from the knockdown. As soon as the action was allowed to resume, Márquez went in for the kill as he let his punches go in furious combination. Casamayor punched back, but he was knocked down again with about 7 seconds left in the round. Referee Tony Weeks stepped in the bout, and stopped the fight as he deemed Casamyor unable to continue. The official judges had the fight scored 95-95, 95-95, and 97-93 for Márquez before the 11th round knockout.[2] After the win, Ring magazine ranked Márquez second on its pound for pound list, and rated him as the lightweight champion.[3]



Márquez defeated Casamayor via TKO at 2:55 of eleventh round.

Forrest defeated Mora via unanimous decision (110-117,108-119,109-118).

Ortiz defeated Arrieta via knockout at 2:25 of fifth round.

Perez defeated Garcia via unanimous decision (97-93, 99-91,100-90).

Yordan defeated Meza via majority decision (78-74,78-74,76-76).

  • Super Featherweight bout: Puerto Rico Carlos Ivan Velasquez vs. Mexico Jose Navarrete

Velasquez defeated Navarrete via technical knockout at 1:11 of fifth round.

Jacobs defeated Espinoza via technical knockout at 0:57 of first round.

Garcia defeated Wiggins via technical knockout at 1:04 of first round.


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