Efrain Esquivias not of the mind that Rafael Marquez might be a shot fighter

Within one year’s time – from March 2007 to March 2008 – Rafael Marquez engaged Israel Vazquez in three hard-hitting super bantamweight title fights, two of which were won by Vazquez

Fast forward to present day, and Marquez has lost three of his past five. It’s true, the losses were to fine fighters such as Juan Manuel Lopez (November 2010), Toshiaki Nishioka (October 2011) and most recently Cristian Mijares (October 2012). Still, Marquez – younger brother of 40-year-old phenom Juan Manuel Marquez – is 38 and it all makes many wonder if Marquez might be done.

Efrain Esquivias is not among them. He’ll take on Marquez on Saturday in the semi-main event at Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio (on Showtime).

“It would mean the world to me to be Rafael Marquez,” said Esquivias, 30, of Carson. “Some people say he has lost a step, but I don’t think so. Look at his brother, Juan Manuel Marquez. These guys are built for longevity.”

Esquivias, 30, is 16-2-1 with nine knockouts. Marquez is 41-8 with 37 knockouts.

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Carson’s Efrain Esquivias to face Rafael Marquez under Arreola-Mitchell

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.





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