Only 19 years old, Arturo made his pro debut on March 19. A sensational young prospect at 147 pounds, he is the son of 1992 U.S. Olympian and former IBF junior middleweight world champion Raul “El Diamante” Marquez.
In his last fight on September 10 in Lemoore, California, he won a four-round majority decision against Curtis Waller.
Boxing runs very deep in the Marquez family. Arturo is managed by his father and trained by his grandfather and namesake – Arturo Marquez – who first took Raul to the gym when he was nine years old and taught him how to box.
Arturo said, “My grandpa has a gym here in the North Shore area of Houston – Marquez Boxing – and that’s where I train. I get some sparring there, but I also go to Lou Savarese’s gym downtown and there’s a lot of sparring there. Sometimes I go to Juan Diaz’ Baby Bull Gym and sometimes I go to Ronnie Shield’s gym.
“I’m a boxer-puncher. I like to think a lot in the ring. If I need to brawl, I can brawl also, but I’m really smart when I’m in the ring – I like to box.
“I don’t have a nickname right now, but my dad was El Diamante – ‘The Diamond’ – and some people are calling me ‘The Little Diamond.’ ”
Raul Marquez said, “Bob Arum has a great team behind him – Bruce Trampler and the matchmakers, the publicists, everybody – they know how to move fighters and promote them and get them prepared. They know how to bring young prospects, like Arturo, the right way.
“Arturo lost in the Olympic Qualifier last year, but it wasn’t like he was dominated. It wasn’t like that. He fought one of the top guys and it was a give-and-take fight – it was a very close fight and I think it could’ve gone either way. Arturo was very competitive with all of the top guys he fought. It was a good experience for us, but I think Arturo has a more professional style so we decided to turn pro.
“The pros are different than the amateurs. The hardest part for a young prospect is putting in the work in the gym – the dedication, the discipline. It doesn’t matter if you’re getting ready for a four-round fight, a 10-round fight or a 12-round fight, you’ve got to train like you’re going to go the distance.
“You cannot cut any corners, you’ve got to go 100 percent. You’ve got to train every day like you’re fighting for the world title. Every day counts.
“It will get to a point where they will test you. They’re going to put different styles of fighters in there with you – a guy that runs, a guy that holds, a rugged guy that just comes at you and has a lot of power, guys that are in great shape and throw 100 punches a round. That’s bringing up a fighter the right way.
“The goal is, obviously, to make it to the top.”