Miguel Marriaga

Weightclass: Featherweight

  • 29wins

  • 3losses

  • 0draws

  • 25kos

Arjona, Colombia
Ricardo Maldonado Jr.
Samuel Gomez

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Miguel "Escorpión" Marriaga

At the age of 32, Miguel is a nine-year pro. A contender at 126 pounds, he is a three-time world title challenger – two times at featherweight and one time at junior lightweight. He was an amateur standout in South America before his debut.

In his last fight on November 3 in El Paso, Texas, he won by fourth-round knockout against Jose Estrella.

ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael reported [excerpts]: Miguel Marriaga knocked out Jose Estrella (20-15-1, 14 KOs), a Mexico native fighting out of West Covina, California, with a left hook to the liver in the fourth round.

Marriaga, who won his second fight in a row after back-to-back losses to Oscar Valdez and Vasiliy Lomachenko in world title bouts, relied on a heavy body attack throughout the fight, but it was a lead left hook to the face that dropped Estrella with about a minute left in the third round.

In the fourth round, Marriaga ended the fight when he dug a brutal hook to Estrella’s body, dropping him to the mat in agony as [the] referee  counted him out at 2:43. [End Rafael item]

In his post-fight interview, Miguel said through an interpreter, “He was a very tough and strong opponent. I know he trained hard for this fight, but I trained harder.

“In the end, my experience was key in getting the victory. The plan was to attack the body and that’s exactly what I did. I knocked him out with a huge left hook to the body.

“I know that I have what it takes to become a world champion. I want to challenge for another world title.”

In an earlier interview, 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.”

Miguel added, “I’m a pressure fighter – I look for the fight all of the time.”

Regarding his nickname, he said “It’s my Zodiac sign.”

AMATEUR, PERSONAL BACKGROUND: Miguel said through an interpreter, “I was born and raised in Arjona, Colombia. I have two brothers and one sister. We live with only our mother, and she’s a housewife. My older brother, Ricardo, was a boxer, but he retired already.

“I started boxing when I was 12 years old. My brother was boxing, and I used to go to the gym with him – that’s what got me interested in it.

“I had 121 amateur fights, with 88 wins and 33 losses. I was a five-time national champion in Columbia at bantamweight and super bantamweight. I was on the national team for five years, too.

“I’m naturally right-handed. I’m not married, but I live with my girlfriend, Catherine. No children yet.”…


2008 AMERICAN OLYMPIC QUALIFIER – Guatemala City, Guatemala, 125 pounds: in his first fight on 4-25-08 he won a 14-9 decision against Nicholas Walters of Jamaica; in the quarterfinals on 4-27-08 he lost a 19-18 decision against Abner Cotto of Puerto Rico…

2008 AMERICAN OLYMPIC QUALIFIER – Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, 125 pounds: in the quarterfinals (his first fight) on 3-15-08 he lost a 16-9 decision against Roberto Navarro of Dominican Republic…

2007 COLOMBIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS – Bogota, Colombia, 125 pounds – GOLD MEDALIST [incomplete results]: in the finals on 12-15-07 he won a decision against José Miranda

2007 PAN AMERICAN GAMES QUALIFIER – Barquisimeto, Venezuela, 125 pounds: in the quarterfinals (his first fight) on 2-5-07 he lost a 20-13 decision against Idel Torriente of Cuba…

2006 SOUTH AMERICAN GAMES – Buenos Aires, Argentina, 125 pounds – BRONZE MEDALIST: in the semifinals (his first fight) on 11-12-06 he lost a 29-20 decision against Alex Santos of Brazil…

2005 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS – Mianyang, China, 125 pounds: in his first fight on 11-14-05 he was stopped (no round reported) against Berik Serikbayev of Kazakhstan…

2005 BOLIVARIAN GAMES – Armenia, Colombia, 125 pounds: in the quarterfinals (his first fight) on 8-15-05 he lost a 14-12 decision against Carlos Sanchez of Ecuador…

STRENGTHS: Has good skills and movement…has good punching power…is experienced against good opposition…had a strong amateur background…

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: 30 fights…153 total rounds…31 world championship rounds…


KNOCKOUT PERCENTAGE: of total fights – 76 %…of wins – 85 %…

DISTANCE FIGHTS: 12 rounds – 3 (1-2)…10 rounds – 0…9 rounds – 1 (1-0)…8 rounds – 4 (4-0)…

fight history

  • 2018

    In his last fight on 11-3-18 in El Paso, TX, he won by knockout (4th round) against Jose Estrella (20-14-1): the scheduled 10-rounder was on the undercard of the Miguel Berchelt vs. Mickey Roman main event; Miguel wore down Estrella with repeated body punches; he scored a knockdown with a left hook to the head in the 3rd round, then scored another knockdown with a left hook to the body in the 4th, and Estrella was counted out at 2:43…

    On 5-12-18 in Cartagena, COL, he won by knockout (4th round) against Derlinson Buriel (7-3-1): the scheduled 10-rounder was one of the co-main events at Plaza de la Aduana, and Miguel dominated the fight; he landed the harder punches and quickly wore down Buriel; Miguel rocked him repeatedly in the 4th round, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:44…

  • 2017

    WBO JL WORLD TITLE CHALLENGE – On 8-5-17 in Los Angeles, CA, he lost by TKO (7th round) against left-handed defending champion Vasyl Lomachenko (8-1): the bout headlined at Microsoft Theater and drew a crowd of 4,102; Lomachenko pressed forward, out-worked Miguel, and steadily wore him down; Lomachenko scored a knockdown with a left hand in the 3rd round, but was over his left eye by a clash of heads in the 4th; Lomachenko scored another knockdown with a left hand late in the 7th round – Miguel’s corner threw in the towel, the bell rang, and the referee stopped the fight at 3:00…

    WBO F WORLD TITLE CHALLENGE – On 4-22-17 in Carson, CA, he lost a 12 round unanimous decision against defending champion Oscar Valdez (22-0): the bout headlined at the StubHub Center and drew a crowd of 5,419 – it was fast-paced and exciting and had the fans on their feet; Miguel constantly pressed forward and gave a very strong effort, but Valdez out-boxed him in the early rounds, landed the harder punches, and built a lead on the scorecards – after five rounds, Valdez led by scores of 50-45, 49-46, 49-46; the momentum shifted back and forth in the middle rounds – Miguel rallied in the 6th round, scored with hard combinations, and won the round on two scorecards, but Valdez came back and swept the 7th on all three scorecards; Miguel rallied again and won the 8th round on two scorecards, but Valdez won the 9th on two scorecards; Miguel started the 10th round strongly, but Valdez scored a knockdown with a left hook that dazed Miguel for a 10-8 sweep in the round, then swept the 11th and 12th rounds and won by scores of 118-109, 119-108, 116-111.

  • 2016

    1ST NABO F TITLE DEFENSE – On 12-16-16 in Cartagena, COL, he won by knockout (3rd round) against Eduardo Montoya (19-5-1): the scheduled 12-rounder headlined at Coliseo Bernardo Caraballo, and Miguel quickly overpowered him; he scored three knockdowns in the 2nd round, then scored another knockdown in the 3rd and Montoya was counted out.

    WON VACANT NABO F TITLE, WBO F WORLD TITLE ELIMINATOR – On 8-27-16 in Fallon, NV, he won by TKO (6th round) against Guy Robb (18-1): the scheduled 10-rounder headlined at Churchill County Fairgrounds, and it was a good fight; the early rounds were close, but Miguel rocked Robb with a series of right hands in the 6th round, then scored a knockdown with a right hand that dropped Robb flat on his side – he got up but was unsteady, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:06.

    On 3-12-16 in Burbank, CA, he won an 8 round unanimous decision against Adones Aguelo (24-13-2): the bout was one of the co-features at the Marriott Convention Center; Miguel outboxed and outworked Aguelo in the early rounds and built a lead on the scorecards; Aguelo kept pressing forward and rallied in the late rounds, but Miguel won by scores of 77-75, 77-75, 79-73.