Former bantamweight/super bantamweight world champion Rafael Marquez of Mexico has not been very successful of late, losing three of his past five fights over a period of two years and nine months.
The fighter known so well for his three super bantamweight title fights with Israel Vasquez will try to resurrect his career Sept. 6 when he takes on Carson’s Efrain Esquivias in a featherweight bout at Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio (on Showtime). It will be the main undercard bout to the heavyweight main event between Chris Arreola (35-3, 30 KOs) of Riverside and Seth Mitchell (26-1-1, 19 KOs) of Brandywine, Md.
Esquivias, 30, began his career 16-0 before losing back-to-back fights to Rico Ramos and Jhonatan Romero in June 2012 and September 2012, respectively. Esquivias has nine knockouts.
Marquez, 38, is 41-8 with 37 knockouts. In his most recent start, in October, he was stopped in the ninth round by Cristian Mijares in Mexico City.