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Marquez retains IBF and IBO bantamweight titles


Rafael Marquez, left, lands a punch to the face of Silence Mabuza during their bantamweight boxing bout in Stateline, Nevada, on Saturday.


Mexico's Rafael Marquez retained his IBF and IBO bantamweight championships by stopping South Africa's Silence Mabuza with a steady beating in the ninth round on Saturday night.

Marquez (36-3 with 32 knockouts) used his jab effectively and followed up with rights to the head of Mabuza (19-2).

Referee Tony Weeks stopped the contest after Mabuza's corner threw in the towel.

"He's a great fighter. He has a great punch, but I was surprised he came right back. He threw some punches but I got my second wind and it shows my strength," Marquez said.

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