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Marquez wants Vazquez again

Former world champion Rafael Marquez declared himself ready to take on Israel Vazquez in a fourth fight and denied that he has made any unreasonable financial demands as the Vazquez camp has claimed. “They are lying to Israel. His manager had said that I’m asking for the moon and the stars to fight him again but that’s simply not true. I’m working with some people here in Mexico to get something clear with Gary Shaw, but I’m ready to fight him in February or March of 2010,” said Marquez.

“It’s hard to believe that everyone is speaking for me and saying that I’m asking for a large sum of money when no one from Golden Boy has even approached me. I will ask for what I feel is fair. They are making excuses and not telling Israel the truth,” added Marquez, the two-time world champion.

Marquez (38-5, 34 KOs) and Vazquez (44-4, 32 KOs) both of Mexico City, were involved in one of boxing’s most entertaining and dramatic series that went Vazquez way, 2-1 and the third one was named the “Fight of the Year” in 2008 by the BWAA.

“I have waited for Israel for a long time as he heals from his eyes and was cleared to fight again. Now both Golden Boy and Frank Espinoza are confusing the boxing world by not telling the truth and are acting like a fourth fight can’t be made because of me,” said Marquez, a former IBF bantamweight champion and WBC super bantamweight king.

Marquez hopes that a fourth fight can be done in early 2010.

“All the boxing world wants to see us fight again, the fans, the television and the media, so why not give them a fourth fight,” added Marquez.

In the first fight on March 3, 2007 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California, Marquez took home a seventh round TKO over Vazquez. In the second encounter on March 4 of 2007 in Hidalgo, Vazquez stopped Marquez in the sixth round of another back and forth battle between this two great Mexican warriors.

But it was the third bout on March 1, 2008 at the Hope Depot Center that took the trilogy to a new level as this one went an unbelievable 12 rounds and was decided by a 12 round knockdown of Vazquez over Marquez, that made the difference as Vazquez won a split decision over Marquez to keep the 122 pound WBC belt.

It’s also believed that Sycuan Ringside Promotions, the co-promoter of Vazquez along with Golden Boy, have been working behind the scenes on a deal for the fourth fight that could please everyone and that would also have Showtime involved, the network that has televised all previous three fights and who deserves to have the fourth bout as well.

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