Rafael Marquez May Have Leo Santa Cruz in The Fall

By Rick Reeno

Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer is ready to satisfy the championship wishes of former multi-division beltholder Rafael Marquez, who recently signed a four fight agreement with his company.

Marquez (41-8, 37KOs) wants to get title shot in the near future, and the veteran is also interested in facing Leo Santa Cruz (24-0, 14KOs). If Santa Cruz defeats WBC super bantamweight champion Victor Terrazas on August 24th - then a fight between Marquez and Santa Cruz might become a reality in the fall.

Marquez returns on September 6th against Efrain Esquivias (16-2-1, 9Kos) at Fantasy Springs in Indio, California.

"We signed Rafael Marquez because he's one of the biggest names in the sport. He was a very popular champion. He's a veteran and we believe that he still has a few good fights left in him. He rededicated himself. He is back with [trainer] Nacho Beritstain. I think definitely he will be in a world title fight," Schaefer told

"The first fight back will be a get the rust off kind of fight, a stay sharp kind of fight. If that all goes well, I can definitely see him fighting Leo Santa Cruz, assuming he wins his fight [with Terrazas]. And that's a fight that I would target that for sometime in November, December. Rafael said that's what he would like to do and that's another barnburner."

"Rafael Marquez is never in a bad fight and he's been in a few "Fight of The Year" fights. And Leo Santa Cruz is the biggest volume puncher in the sport. That would definitely be another barnburner and I can see that being another sellout at the Carson facility in Los Angeles.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by moonshineman on 08-06-2013

It won't last long. Raf won't be able to take those body shots Leo dishes out.

Comment by Cuauhtémoc1520 on 08-05-2013

R.I.P Rafa Marquez.........

Comment by $coinblatt$ on 08-05-2013

hes gonna get destroyed, smh

Comment by BaDaBiNgVIP on 08-05-2013

[QUOTE=junior gong;13619639]This is a pointless fight for Leo at this stage. I guess GB are just trying to get a 'name' on his record.[/QUOTE] exactly. the same way they groomed khan with fighting the old washed up champ like barrera…

Comment by Russian Crushin on 08-05-2013

[QUOTE=.:: JSFD26 ::.;13620290]Have you seen Santa Cruz's resume? Aside from Marquez if they end up fighting, its no different. [SIZE="1"][I]Posted from App for Android[/I][/SIZE][/QUOTE] You're kidding right? :pat:

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