Juan Manuel Marquez vs Serhiy Fedchenko Preview Apr. 13th
Mexican boxing legend Juan Manuel Marquez will be fighting in front of his hometown fans in Mexico City on Apr. 14 when he meets Ukraine’s Sergey Fedchenko for the interim world WBO junior welterweight title. Marquez will need to beat the likes of Fedchenko if he hopes to earn a fourth shot at Manny Pacquiao and will also have to be quite impressive in doing so.
Marquez is 38 now and isn’t likely to fight too much longer. He’s earned a draw against Pacquiao in the past as well as losing two close and controversial decisions to the WBO Welterweight Champion from the Philippines. Trying to earn a fourth fight with him should give Marquez the motivation he needs for Fedchenko.
Marquez will enter the ring with a record of 53-6-1 with 39 KOs and fighting in his hometown should also provide him with motivation and excitement which will make the Fedchenko’s task even more difficult. It’s been a long time coming for fans of the former world champions as it will be Marquez’s first bout in Mexico City in 18 years. A loss here could mean retirement for him, so there should be some sense of urgency once the bell rings.
The 31-year-old Fedchenko is a good boxer with a record of 30-1 with 13 KOs. He doesn’t possess a lot of power in his fists. He’s beaten Willy Blain for the European Jr. Welterweight Title and DeMarcus Corley in the past, both decent fighters, but came up short when taking on fellow countryman Kaizer Mabuza and lost a 12-round majority decision to him in 2009. Fedchenko has a habit of squaring up to his opponent after throwing punches and this leaves himself open to counter shots. That could be quite dangerous against a powerful and accurate puncher such as Marquez.
Simply put, Marquez possesses more power and experience than his opponent and that’s what should see him control this bout. Fedchenko is definitely a game fighter and certainly won’t want to travel all the way to Mexico to put in a lame effort. However, he’s going to have to defend himself better than he usually does if he hopes to take the title home with him. He’s also one of the smaller junior welterweights out there at just 5-foot-6 while Marquez isn’t too much bigger at 5-foot-7.
Most of Fedchenko’s fights have been against European competition while Marquez has been taking on the best fighters in the world for years now, such as Pacquiao, Juan Diaz, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Joel Casamayor, and Marco Antonio Barrera.
Look for Marquez to be pumped up for this fight and his boxing skills and experience should be too much for Fedchenko. Once Marquez gets in a groove he’s one of the toughest fighters in the world to try and stop. It’s likely that Marquez will win this bout by stopping Fedchenko anytime after the sixth round.