Marquez, Margarito retains title

31.01.04 - HBO’s Boxing After Dark was live from Phoenix, Arizona and featured a doubleheader promoted by Top Rank and showcased 2 of its top fighter in Welterweight belt holder Antonio Margarito, and Bantamweight champ Rafeal Marquez. In the opening bout, Marquez (30-3; 27) took on Pete Frissina (27-3-1; 15) of Florida. Marquez was under the 118 pound limit at 117 ¾ and Frissina was right at 118. The fight time weights showed that Frissina was the bigger man at 135 to Marquez 130. All that aside Frissina was stepping WAY up in class and it showed as late in the 1st round as a huge right hand sent Frissina to the canvas. Then a huge barrage sent him down a 2nd time. Frissina barely made it out of the round. In the 2nd round Frissina tried to fight but simply was brought a cap gun to a shootout and the fight was stopped 22 seconds in to round 2 with Marquez getting the easy victory.

The 2nd fight was more like a Siamese twin of the 1st as Antonio Margarito retained his WBO welterweight belt with a east 2nd round stoppage of the previously undefeated Hercules Kyvelos. Margarito(now 30-3; 24) took control of the fight midway through round 1 with big right hands followed by a barrage against the ropes. Early in the 2nd round Kyvelos(22-1; 11) went down on a combo of punches. As he wobbled unsteadily to his feet he almost feel back on his own and the fight was quickly stopped after that.

This might have been the worst doubleheader in terms of competitiveness in the recnt history of HBO and especially Boxing After Dark.

Article posted on 01.02.2004

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