By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Rafael Soto / Zanfer
Looking ripped and ready, three division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez (53-6-1, 39 KOs) is ready for the first fight in his hometown in nearly 18 years when he takes on Serhiy Fedcehnko (30-1, 13 KOs) in a PPV clash for the vacant WBO interim jr welterweight title in the New Arena Mexico in Mexico City.
Despite a temperature of over 95 degrees inside the hot Romanza Gym in Iztacalco, Juan Manuel exudes optimism, claiming that his fans will be convinced that he still has plenty left in the tank at the age of 38. “We will end the strongest part of the preparation this Friday, as you know, we don’t have weight problems, so we’re just focused on acquiring lost of speed, in defense and in combinations to do a good job to make the people happy on April 14.”
El ‘Dinamita’ is under the tutelage of Boxing Hall of Fame trainer Nacho Beristain in collaboration with Angel Hernandez, Raul de Anda and Jose Luis Zaragoza.
“It’s a big commitment,” added Marquez. “Fedchenko is a complicated opponent, at least that’s what his record tells us. The European style is always difficult, but we are going to neutralize it first and then do our boxing.”