Miguel Marriaga

Weightclass: Featherweight

  • 27wins

  • 3losses

  • 0draws

  • 23kos

Arjona, Colombia
Ricardo Maldonado Jr.
Samuel Gomez

fighter feed

Miguel "The Scorpion" Marriaga

At the age of 31, Miguel is an eight-year pro. A contender at 126 pounds, he was an amateur standout in South America before his debut.

In his last fight on August 5 in Los Angeles, he moved up in weight to challenge for the WBO junior lightweight world title, and lost by seventh-round TKO against defending champion Vasyl Lomachenko.

Miguel boxed well at times, but Lomachenko pressed forward and steadily wore him down. Lomachenko scored two knockdowns – one in the third round, one in the seventh – and the referee stopped the fight.

After the fight, Miguel said, “He dominated the fight. I connected with some good punches, but I couldn’t get the result I was looking for. I wanted to continue the fight, but my corner stopped the fight. He basically overwhelmed me with pressure.”

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.”

fight history

  • 2017

    WBO JL WORLD TITLE CHALLENGE – in his last fight 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.

  • 2015

    On 12-18-15 in Cartagena, COL, he won by knockout (3rd round) against Luis Zambrano (10-7): the scheduled 8-rounder headlined at Parque de Canapote; Miguel scored a knockdown in the 3rd round, and Zambrano was counted out at 1:15.

    On 11-7-15 in Las Vegas, NV, he won an 8 round unanimous decision against Guillermo Avila (15-4): the bout was on the undercard of the Timothy Bradley Jr.-Brandon Rios main event, and Miguel dominated the fight; he consistently outworked Avila, landed the harder punches, and won by shutout scores of 80-72 on all three scorecards.

    VACANT WBA F WORLD TITLE CHALLENGE – on 6-13-15 in New York, NY, he lost a 12 round unanimous decision against former champion Nicholas Walters 25-0): the bout was co-featured with the Felix Verdejo-Ivan Najera main event; Walters was scheduled to make a title defense, but lost the title when he weighed-in at 127 pounds, one over the division limit; Walters generally outboxed Miguel, landed the harder punches, and scored a knockdown with a right hand late in the 9th round; scored 118-109, 119-108, 117-110.