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Rafael Márquez Record

Total Fights50
Title Wins3
Title Defenses7
Title-Fight KOs7
KO Wins37
KO Losses7
Rafael Márquez Record & Stats
Rafael Márquez' Record
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      What is Rafael Márquez' boxing record?

      In a professional boxing career spanning 17 years and 11 months, Rafael Márquez fought 50 times with 41 wins and 9 losses.

      Márquez retired from professional boxing with a record of 41-9, which included three world-title wins and seven successful title defense fights at the bantamweight weight division. He had a 74% knockouts-to-fights ratio with 37 of his total 50 fights being knockout wins, seven of which were in title fights. Márquez suffered seven knockout losses in his career, two of which were in title fights.

      His last fight was a 9th round KO defeat to Efrain Esquivias on September 7, 2013.

      Some of Márquez' best fights and notable victories include wins over Hall-of-Famer Mark Johnson, Israel Vázquez, Silence Mabuza, Heriberto Ruiz, and Peter Frissina.

      50Sep 7, 201338Efrain EsquiviasLossKO9
      49Oct 27, 201237Cristian MijaresLossTKO9
      48May 5, 201237Eric AikenWinKO1
      47Oct 1, 201136Toshiaki NishiokaLoss *UD
      46Jul 16, 201136Eduardo BecerrilWinRTD6
      45Nov 6, 201035Juan Manuel LópezLoss *RTD8
      44May 22, 201035Israel VázquezWinKO3
      43May 23, 200934Jose Francisco MendozaWinTKO3
      42Mar 1, 200832Israel VázquezLoss *SD
      41Aug 4, 200732Israel VázquezLoss *TKO6
      40Mar 3, 200731Israel VázquezWin *RTD7
      39Aug 5, 200631Silence MabuzaWin *RTD9
      38Nov 5, 200530Silence MabuzaWin *TKO4
      37May 28, 200530Ricardo VargasWin *UD
      36Nov 27, 200429Mauricio PastranaWin *TKO8
      35Jul 31, 200429Heriberto RuizWin *KO3
      34Jan 31, 200428Peter FrissinaWin *TKO2
      33Oct 4, 200328Mauricio PastranaWin *UD
      32Feb 15, 200327Tim AustinWin *TKO8
      31Jul 12, 200227Jorge OteroWinRTD6
      30Feb 23, 200226Mark JohnsonWinTKO8
      29Oct 6, 200126Mark JohnsonWinSD
      28Jul 6, 200126Gerardo EspinozaWinTKO4
      27Jun 1, 200126Miguel OchoaWinTKO2
      26Apr 1, 200126Jovy ChanWinKO3
      25Dec 16, 200025Aquiles GuzmanWinRTD7
      24Nov 12, 200025Genaro GarciaLossKO2
      23Aug 20, 200025Tomas RiveraWinKO2
      22Jun 23, 200025Arturo EstradaWinTKO2
      21Apr 14, 200025Ricardo BarreraWinTKO1
      20Aug 23, 199924Adrian Cristian OchoaWinTKO4
      19May 10, 199924Angel AlmenaWinKO1
      18Mar 8, 199923Jose Guadalupe GastelumWinRTD6
      17Oct 24, 199823Ricardo BarreraWinKO1
      16Aug 22, 199823Dario DiazWinTKO2
      15Jun 20, 199823Ivan SalazarWinKO3
      14May 2, 199823Francisco MateosLossTKO3
      13Apr 6, 199823Beldevear MezaWinKO3
      12Mar 4, 199822Jose Felipe GarciaWinTKO1
      11Jan 24, 199822Julian MujicaWinTKO1
      10Oct 22, 199722Evaristo PrimeroWinTKO4
      9Sep 27, 199722Jose Guillermo SanchezWinTKO3
      8Jul 14, 199722Gabriel TinajeroWinKO2
      7Apr 21, 199722Juan MendozaWinUD
      6Dec 9, 199621Oscar ZamoraWinKO2
      5Oct 28, 199621Robert EnriquezWinKO4
      4May 15, 199621Mucio CastilloWinTKO1
      3Mar 27, 199621Sergio LopezWinTKO2
      2Mar 3, 199620Jose GodinezWinTKO2
      1Sep 14, 199520Victor RabanalesLossKO8

      * World-title fight

      Boxing career

      Rafael Márquez is a 49-year old retired Mexican professional boxer. He was born in Mexico City, Mexico on March 25, 1975. He is a former two-weight-class world champion. Márquez was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame (IBHOF) in 2023. His professional boxing career spanned more than 17 years — from 1995 to 2013.

      Márquez made his professional boxing debut against Victor Rabanales at the age of 20 on September 14, 1995, losing to Rabanales via 8th round KO. He went on to win 12 consecutive fights after this loss, which included 11 wins via stoppage.

      He had his first world title fight at the age of 27 on February 15, 2003 after 31 professional fights, against Tim Austin for the bantamweight IBF title. He defeated Austin via 8th round TKO to become the bantamweight champion of the world.

      Márquez has won three world titles at two weight classes. For all the details about Márquez' world title wins and defenses refer to the "Championships" section below.

      Márquez had a total of nine losses in his professional boxing career.

      His last professional fight was a non-title bout against Efrain Esquivias on September 7, 2013. Márquez lost the fight via 9th round KO. It's been 10 years, 10 months, and 18 days since this fight.


      Márquez had a total of 13 world-title fights, which includes winning three world titles and seven successful title defenses. He won nine of these fights and lost four.

      Title Wins

      Rafael Márquez fought for world titles in five fights and won two of these fights, both of them via stoppage. In total, he won three belts across two weight classes.

      DateOpponentDivisionTitles WonMethod
      Mar 3, 2007Israel VázquezSuper-bantamweightWBC, The RingRTD
      Feb 15, 2003Tim AustinBantamweightIBFTKO

      Title Defenses

      Rafael Márquez had eight world-title defense fights across two weight classes — bantamweight (x7) and super-bantamweight. He won seven of them and lost only once.

      Following is the table of his successful title defense fights, the next section has the fights where he lost his titles.

      DateOpponentDivisionTitles DefendedMethod
      Aug 5, 2006Silence MabuzaBantamweightIBFRTD
      Nov 5, 2005Silence MabuzaBantamweightIBFTKO
      May 28, 2005Ricardo VargasBantamweightIBFUD
      Nov 27, 2004Mauricio PastranaBantamweightIBFTKO
      Jul 31, 2004Heriberto RuizBantamweightIBFKO
      Jan 31, 2004Peter FrissinaBantamweightIBFTKO
      Oct 4, 2003Mauricio PastranaBantamweightIBFUD

      Title Losses

      Rafael Márquez lost one world-title defense fight, and lost two titles in the fight.

      DateOpponentDivisionTitles LostMethod
      Aug 4, 2007Israel VázquezSuper-bantamweightWBC, The RingTKO


      Márquez fought a total of 50 times during his professional career, which includes 13 world-title fights at three weight divisions. He put on some great performances in these fights. These eight fights are the highlight of his career.

      • February 23, 2002: Rafael Márquez puts on the first remarkable performance of his career, defeating Mark Johnson via 8th round TKO.

      • February 15, 2003: Márquez wins his first world title by defeating Tim Austin via 8th round TKO. He is now the IBF bantamweight world champion.

      • January 31, 2004: Márquez successfully defends the IBF bantamweight title against Peter Frissina, winning the fight via 2nd round TKO.

      • July 31, 2004: Márquez successfully defends the IBF bantamweight title against Heriberto Ruiz, winning the fight via 3rd round KO.

      • November 5, 2005: Márquez wins the bantamweight title from Silence Mabuza, by beating Mabuza via 4th round TKO.

      • August 5, 2006: Márquez successfully defends the IBF bantamweight title against Silence Mabuza, winning the fight via 9th round RTD.

      • March 3, 2007: Márquez wins the WBC and The Ring super-bantamweight titles from Israel Vázquez, by beating Vázquez via 7th round RTD.

      • May 22, 2010: Rafael Márquez beats Israel Vázquez via 3rd round KO.


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