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19 JUNE 2018

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Marroquin Pitches Shutout in Oklahoma

By: Marc Livitz Roberto Marroquin felt more than welcome in his neighboring state of Oklahoma. The native of Dallas, TX put on a masterful display at the WinStar World Casino in Thackerville versus Carlos Valcarcel of San Juan, Puerto Rico in a 10 round contest in the lightweight division.

Marroquin (20(14)-1) used the opening rounds to test his opponent’s strengths in the ring. He quickly learned where he could apply his aggressive tactics and put his stamp of dominance on the bout from this point. Carlos Valcarcel (12(5)-3-4) never seemed to find his rhythm. After Marroquin landed a nice right uppercut to end the first round, Valcarcel altered his stance and chose to bring the fight to his rival.

The phone booth approach backfired. Marroquin continued to land powerful shots and effective combinations. This chain of events seemed to frustrate Valcarcel, who was cautioned in the third round for low blows. Roberto Marroquin pressed the action from this moment onward. Rounds four through six essentially followed the same plainness. The man from Dallas would land impressive combinations, after which the Puerto Rican fighter would slow the pace by tying up his foe.

By the sixth round, Marroquin’s speed increased and at one point he landed a clean and meaningful 20-25 punch combination which had Valcarcel reeling against the ropes. Referee Laurence Cole paid close attention to the state of awareness that Valcarcel was able to maintain and saw no reason to step in. Once again, the boxer from San Juan could only clinch and hold in an effort to slow down his opponent. Rounds seven and eight were much the same. Marroquin continued to punch and punch his way to an easy victory.

Valcarcel displayed a very tough chin and an ability to absorb, but he simply did not engage enough to sway the tempo of the bout in any way. Round eight was perhaps the most entertaining of the night. The two men stood toe to to in the center of the ring. A left uppercut by Marroquin to the seemingly granite chin of Valcarcel excited the crowd at the WinStar. They exchanged back and forth and each fighter appeared to be somewhat revitalized. The awakening didn’t last as Marroquin had Valcarcel on the retreat by the conclusion of the round by way of his constant barrage of punches. If only the Puerto Rican fighter had not waited to fight like he did in the ninth round, perhaps the outcome would have come into question.

Each boxer appeared fatigued in what was turning into a very tough contest. By the 10th and final round, Roberto Marroquin left no doubt in the eyes of the judges as well as those in attendance that the night belonged to him. He cut off the ring and Valcarcel had nowhere to go. All three judges saw the bout 100-90 for Marroquin.

Undercard Notes

Andy Ruiz (12-6) of Mexicali, BC, MEX UD 6 vs Theron Johnson (5-6) of Chicago, Heavyweights
Jose “El Gato” Roman UD 8 vs Alejandro Rodriguez, Lightweights

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