They say opposite attracts a negative ion repels a negative ion. A battery needs the negative and positive polarity to work. So what does it take to make a fight great? By pitting an offensive boxer against a defensive minded fighter and the result is fireworks.
This is not the case between Joel Casamayor and Juan Manuel Marquez this coming Saturday both are counter punchers and both are defensive minded pugilists.
For the boxing viewers this is not the fight you want to watch but for the die hard fanatics this is the fight to watch for. The tacticians at work Casamayor will come to the fight as the heavier fighter and as the craftiest between Marquez. Marquez has an impressive resume to boast for and will come to the fight prepared and willing to exchange punches against a game Casamayor.
Tale of the Tape
The interim WBO lightweight champion stands 5’7” has a record of 36-3-1 with 22 fights coming by way of Knockout. He also has a two inch reach advantage against Marquez at 69”. He is a southpaw who has one or two fights left at age 37. Born in Cuba and is a two time world champion as well as the Ring Magazines People champ.
Juan Manuel Marquez
The challenger has the same height as Casamayor but shades about 2” in reached. Marquez has a record of 48-4-1 with 35 Knockouts. Although he has a high KO rate but Marquez fought most of his fights in the featherweight (126lb.) division while “El Cepillo” fought most of his fights in the lightweight and Super Featherweight divisions. Marquez has an orthodox stance and is 2 years younger than Casamayor. Juan Marquez captured titles in the featherweight division and captured the WBC Super featherweight title via unanimous decision against the sturdy Barrera.
It’s an even steven between both fighters. Marquez still fired up with his last fight against Pacquiao will try to continue his momentum coming into the fight but Casamayor fresh from his TKO win against the hard hitting Katsidis will give Juanma a different puzzle to solve. Marquez knows whats at stake here… a trilogy with Pacquiao but Joel always spoils the party and a fight with Pacquiao can make a good hefty sum of money for retirement.
Can Marquez take a lightweight punch? Or will Casamayor’s age take effect?
Questions will be answered this Saturday.