By Ryan Burton
BoxingScene.com has been advised that super bantamweight contender Robert Marroquin (22-2) will return to the ring on December 15th on the undercard of the Nonito Donaire-Jorge Arce WBO super bantamweight showdown. The main event will be televised by HBO and will take place at the Toyota Center in Houston, TX.
Marroquin last fought in September, losing an unanimous decision to WBA super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux on the Julio Caesar Chavez-Sergio Martinez undercard. He was able to stun the Cuban on a few occasions but Rigondeaux's defensive prowess and big fight experience proved to be too much for Marroquin to overcome.
Marroquin's training camp for that fight was disrupted with the back and forth status of Rigondeaux. He started out training for the southpaw but when Rigondeaux had a legal dispute, Marroquin was going to face orthodox fighter Oscar Gonzalez instead. The fight was on once again and then off again before an agreement was finally made to allow Rigondeaux to take the fight.
BoxingScene has also been advised that Top Rank wants Marroquin to move up to the featherweight division. The 5'8" native Texas certainly has the frame to carry his power up with him. The featherweight is loaded and after Marroquin gets a win or two under his belt he should be able to secure another title shot. Especially since most of the top super bantamweights and featherweights fight under the Top Rank banner.
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