Just 20 years old, Arturo is a one-year pro. 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.
He has stayed very active with eight fights in his first 15 months as a pro, and made great progress. After starting his career with six fights scheduled for four rounds, he stepped up to six-round status in his last two fights.
In his last fight on June 30 in Dallas, Arturo won by fifth-round TKO against Joaquin de la Rosa.
Fightnews.com’s Jeff Zimmerman reported from ringside [excerpts]: Arturo Marquez of Houston dropped Joaquin de la Rosa with a combination to the head and body in the 5th round, and soon after finished him off with a flurry of shots in the corner as [the] referee stepped in to waive it off.
Marquez showed a versatile attack, landing uppercuts, hooks, and a solid jab throughout the fight, but de la Rosa came to fight and went toe-to-toe with Marquez at times and landed a few big right hands of his own.
Marquez, though, showed why he is one of Top Rank’s hot young prospects at 20 years old by scoring the TKO. The time of stoppage was 43 seconds of round five of a scheduled six. [End Zimmerman item]
In his previous fight on May 18 in Houston, Arturo won by second-round TKO against Andrew Goodrich.
Boxingscene.com’s Peter Lim reported from ringside [excerpts]: Arturo Marquez scored a spectacular second-round TKO over Andrew Goodrich, electrifying his hometown crowd at the Ballroom at Bayou Place in Downtown Houston.
In the second round, Marquez unleashed a perfectly-executed a right to the body followed by a left hook to the head that put Goodrich flat on his back. After Goodrich beat the count, Marquez moved in for the kill and dropped Goodrich with a short right to the head.
Again, Goodrich rose before the count of 10 on unsteady legs, and Marquez wasted little time zeroing in with a straight right-left hook combo that blasted Goodrich to the canvass for the third time. [The] referee immediately called a halt without bothering to issue a count. [End Lim item]
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.
In an earlier interview, 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 in 2015, 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.”
AMATEUR, PERSONAL BACKGROUND: Arturo said, “I was born and raised in Houston, Texas. I have one older brother, his name is Raul. Then I have two younger brothers, Giovanni and Adan, and I have a baby sister named Giana. Raul and Giovanni are amateur boxers.
“I started boxing around 12, 13 years old, coming out of seventh grade. My parents did not want me to box – they didn’t want me to box because they didn’t know how I would react. But finally, my dad took me to the gym and that’s how it all started.
” I’m naturally right-handed. I had 70 amateur fights – I won 60 and lost 10. I competed in the Olympic Qualifiers. I made it two or three fights in and then got eliminated, but it was a real good experience. The guys that I fought were the top guys.”…
2015 U.S. OLYMPIC TRIALS QUALIFIER 3 – Memphis, Tennessee 141 pounds: in his first fight on 10-26-15 he won a 3-0 decision against Christopher Gonzalez; in his second fight on 10-27-15 he lost a 3-0 decision against Trent Wilson…
2015 U.S. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS – Spokane, Washington, 141 pounds: in his first fight on 1-20-15 he won a 2-1 decision against Kelvin Davis; in his second fight on 1-21-15 he lost a 3-0 decision against Jonathan Navarro…
2013 U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS – Reno, Nevada, 141 pounds: in his first fight on 1-8-14 he lost a 3-0 decision against Hector Madera…
STRENGTHS: Has good skills and movement…has good punching power…has a strong amateur background…comes from a strong family boxing background…
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: 8 fights…27 total rounds…
AVERAGE LENGTH OF BOUTS: 3.3 rounds…
KNOCKOUT PERCENTAGE: 62 %…
DISTANCE FIGHTS: 5 rounds – 1 (1-0)…4 rounds – 4 (4-0)…