At the age of 29, Miguel is a seven-year pro. A contender at 126 pounds, he was an amateur standout in South America before his debut and had an impressive amateur win in a 2008 Americas Olympic Qualifier against Nicholas Walters, who went on to win the WBA featherweight world title.Miguel has won four fights in a row since his only loss in a world title challenge against Walters in a world title challenge in June, 2015.
In his last fight on August 27 in Fallon, Nevada, Migjel won by sixth-round TKO against Guy Robb. The bout was for the vacant NABO featherweight title, and a WBO featherweight world title eliminator.
After the fight, Dan Rafael wrote on ESPN.com [excerpts]: Marriaga, a big puncher from Colombia, has won four fights in a row, including this nice knockout of Robb in the main event of Top Rank’s “Solo Boxeo Tecate” card on UniMas.
In the sixth round, Marriaga caught Robb with a series of right hands. As each one landed, Robb appeared to be cracking. And then Marriaga landed another big one flush and sent Robb sprawling to the mat. He beat the count but was unsteady and [the] referee waved off the fight at 2 minutes, 6 seconds, ending Robb’s 11-fight winning streak.
The win kept Marriaga on track to becoming the eventual mandatory challenger for featherweight world titleholder Oscar Valdez. [End Rafael item]
Manager Ricardo Maldonado Jr. said, “I’ve been working with Miguel for his entire career – we even helped support him when he was an amateur. He lives in a small town in Colombia called Arjona, about an hour from Cartagena, but he trains for his fights in Cartagena at Coliseo Bernardo Caraballo.”
Miguel said through an interpreter, “I’m a pressure fighter – I look for the fight all of the time.”
Regarding his nickname, he said “It’s my Zodiac sign.”