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Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Hand injury sidelines Rafael Marquez

By Dan Rafael
ESPN.com

Rafael Marquez suffered a right hand injury and his fight against fellow former junior featherweight titleholder Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. was postponed on Tuesday, event promoter Peter Rivera of PR Best Boxing Promotions announced.

Mexico's Marquez was due to travel to Vazquez's hometown of Bayamon, Puerto Rico, to meet him at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez for a 12-round bout on Aug. 4. The pay-per-view fight was scheduled to headline an eight-bout card.

"Rafael Marquez is injured and he will not fight on Aug. 4 because he needs recovery time and we have postponed the show," Rivera said. "This happens in boxing. We had the same situation in 2010 when Marquez was going to fight against Juanma Lopez. He suffered an injury and the fight was postponed from September to November."

Rivera said the fight will be tentatively rescheduled for Oct. 6 at the same venue. However, Rivera said he planned to reschedule the co-feature, a junior lightweight bout between former world titleholder Roman "Rocky" Martinez (25-1-1, 16 KOs) of Puerto Rico and Miguel Beltran Jr. (27-1, 17 KOs) of Mexico, for "late August."

The winner of MarquezVazquez will be positioned for another title shot at 122 pounds.

Vazquez (21-2-1, 18 KOs), 28, lost his belt in upset fashion to Mexico's Jorge Arce via 12th-round knockout in May 2011 on the Manny Pacquiao-Shane Mosley undercard. After winning a comeback fight against a low-level opponent, Vazquez, the son of three-division titleholder Wilfredo Vazquez Sr., dropped a decision to Nonito Donaire in February in a fight for a vacant belt.

Mexico's 37-year-old Marquez (41-7, 37 KOs) -- the younger brother of star four-division titleholder Juan Manuel Marquez -- was a longtime bantamweight champion before his memorable four-fight series with Israel Vazquez, three fights of which were junior featherweight championship bouts.

In October, Marquez lost a competitive decision to then-junior featherweight titlist Toshiaki Nishioka in Las Vegas but rebounded for a first-round knockout win against former featherweight titlist Eric Aiken on May 5 in Mexico.