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Marines Promotions inks two

By John Cannon

Marines Promotions added two new thoroughbreds to their stable as Raphael Murphy of Chicago, Illinois and Oscar Tovar Jr. of Mission signed three-year promotional contracts Thursday afternoon at JC Wing Company in La Feria. Julio Marines, president of Marines Promotions, said that he is excited about these two up and coming fighters joining his camp and feels the future could be very bright for both of them. “This is an exciting day for Marines Promotions,” said Marines. “I am very excited about signing both Oscar Tovar Jr. as well as Raphael Murphy and adding them to my stable. Tovar Jr. had a very successful amateur career and has looked real sharp in his first two fights. Some of the other fighters have told me that he is a tough kid and beat some good amateurs along the way.”

“As for Murphy, he comes from a family who had a very successful career in boxing. His dad and uncle both fought in world championship fights and it’s pretty obvious boxing is in his blood. Murphy has a lot of raw talent, even though he never fought as an amateur. However, he kind of reminds me of a bigger Tito Ramos and I plan on developing his slowly.”

Murphy (3-0, 3 KOs) feels that Marines has what it takes to take him to the next level in his career. “I have talked to quite a few promoters and I feel that Marines Promotions has what it takes to help me develop my career and move on to the next level,” said Murphy. “Julio has a lot of faith in me and will help make me a good fighter and within a year, I hope to be in the top 10 or 15 in the U.S. or the world.”

Tovar Jr. (2-0) said he feel Marines Promotions will definitely help him further his career in boxing and is excited about signing on the dotted line. “I am excited about signing with Marines Promotions,” said Tovar. “I fought on a Marines card in my pro debut and he took care of me. So I talked to my manager and we felt this was the best path to take. I feel that Julio can open some doors in my young career and help me in my path of becoming a contender.”




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