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Marquez retains IBF and IBO bantamweight titles

AP , STATELINE, NEVADA

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

PHOTO: AP

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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