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SONORA, MEXICO — WBA and WBO flyweight titlist Juan Francisco Estrada made the sixth defense of his belts and possibly ended Hernan “Tyson” Marquez’s run as a contender with a 10th round stoppage at the Centro Convenciones.
Marquez fought on even terms for the first three rounds before the precision and variety of Estrada’s offense began to take a noticeable effect. The momentum swayed to Estrada for good in fifth as he repeatedly drove the challenger to the ropes with vicious body shots.
Then came the knockdowns, seven in total. Marquez tasted the canvas twice in the sixth via a digging right to the body and series of body blows along the ropes. Marquez fell twice more in the seventh, this time off left hook body shots. The fifth knockdown came in the ninth courtesy of a counter right hook. The final two ended Marquez’s night in the 10th — a thudding left hook and a straight right did the damage.
At 27 years old and a 10 year pro, Marquez is in clear decline. Over his last 10 fights, starting with a Fight of Year level war against Brian Viloria in 2012, Marquez is 5-4-1 with each defeat coming via knockout.
Should Estrada rival and WBC champion Roman Gonzalez defeat Brian Viloria on October 17, the path becomes clear for a unification rematch backed by HBO. Gonzalez holds a 2012 unanimous decision victory over Estrada in a highly competitive encounter.