Marrero Reflects on Latest Win, Remains in Pursuit of Zambrano

By Jake Donovan

It was 48 hours from fight day, but Claudio “Matrix” Marrero was uncertain of his originally slotted place on the undercard of Errol Spence’s NBC-televised knockout win over Leonard Bundu.

The featherweight contender from Miami by way of Dominican Republic saw four different opponents fall by the wayside before landing late replacement and countryman Luis Hinojosa. His fears of not being able to fight alleviated, Marrero was all business in his NBC Sports Network-televised showcase, delivering a spectacular finish of his own in scoring a 4th round stoppage in registering his seventh consecutive victory.

 “I am on a mission to become recognized as the best featherweight in the world, so getting that win on TV feels even better,” Marrero told “I didn’t know who I was fighting until Friday, but was familiar (with Hinojosa) from the amateurs. We have different styles as pros, plus he was a bit awkward in not wanting to engage and fight me. There was a slight adjustment period, but the outcome was inevitable and went exactly as I liked.”

claudio-marrero (4) (720x480)

With each win comes greater separation from Marrero’s lone defeat, a 12-round decision to Jesus Cuellar in their Aug. ’13 ESPN2-televised title fight. The intent is to prove with each performance that one bad night - a competitive affair where some, including TV analyst and longtime trainer Teddy Atlas thought he deserved the nod – shouldn’t define his career.

Of course, it helps knowing your opponent in advance in order to put your best foot forward. All things considered, his team was pleased with the final result.

“Given the circumstances of four different opponents pulling out and Hinojosa taking the fight on a moment’s notice, I was very pleased with Matrix’s performance,” manager and trainer Herman Caicedo told “He continues to improve with each fight and remains a man on a mission.”

The down-the-road goal is to enforce a rematch with Cuellar, the WBA “Regular” champion whose team remains noncommittal to such a fight. Marrero recognizes his own status as high-risk, low-reward and thus has sought a showdown with interim titlist Carlos Zambrano.

Such a bout was on the docket at several points in 2016, but mysteriously vanished upon the unbeaten Zambrano recently signing with Mayweather Promotions. The hope is for his team, which includes the high-powered duo of Al Haymon and Luis DeCubas Jr., to force the hand of Zambrano through Mayweather - whom Haymon advised during his incredible Hall-of-Fame-bound career – and put this fight back into play.

“I know my team will find a way to keep me busy, hopefully get me back into the ring by October,” suggests Marrero. “Cuellar is slated to fight around that same time (possibly a rescheduled assignment versus former three-division champ Abner Mares) and I’d love for both of us to win during that time and then head into a rematch with the same amount of rest.

“I’m well aware that nobody will outright pick me for a voluntary title defense, which is why I want to stay active and land that mandatory challenger position. Mayweather was foolish for investing any money in a paper champ like Zambrano, who should’ve been my opponent last weekend. Time for that scared (boy) to fight me or hand over the title so I can move on to Cuellar and the rest of the featherweight champs.”

Twitter account: @JakeNDaBox_v2

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Post a Comment - View More User Comments (0)
Top Headlines De La Hoya Smiles at Golovkin: Good Luck With Derevyanchenko! Photos: Ancajas vs. Sultan, Yafai vs. Carmona - Ready For War Artur Szpilka Drops, Dominates Dominick Guinn Over Ten Rounds Miguel Cotto Helping Polish The Skills of Angel Acosta Izu Ugonoh Returns, Stops Fred Kassi in Three Rounds Photos: David Lemieux Looks Depleted at Weigh-In For Achour Mazion vs. Pauldo - Golden Boy on ESPN Co-Main Set, June 8 Danny Garcia vs. Shawn Porter Deal Reached For WBC Title Berchelt vs. Barros Finalized For Merida, To Be Carried By ESPN+ David Lemieux Fails To Make Weight, Move To 168 is Eyed Luis Nery: I'll Prove I'm The Best at 118, I Want My Title Back Joshua, Hearn Stand Firm: Wilder Fight Must Be in The UK News: Tyson Fury's Return, Bare Knuckle Boxing, James Beech Epic Sports CEO on Securing Whyte-Pulev, Signing Fighters, More Inoue Confirms He’ll Compete in WBSS Bantamweight Tournament Brendan Ingle, Dean Francis Pass Away: Boxing World Mourns Tony Bellew "100%" Interested In Fighting Oleksandr Usyk Inoue Blows Out McDonnell in 1st Round to Win Bantamweight Title Trout: I'm Going To Derail Charlo-Hurd, Get Rematch With Hurd! Shiro Knocks Out Lopez With Body Shot in 2nd Round of Rematch Warren: Tyson Fury Will Avoid Comeback Mistakes of Haye Kal Yafai is Keen To Make a Statement in American Debut Frank Bruno Backing Dan Azeez To Go Far in Boxing Haye: Joe Joyce Would Take Jarrell Miller and Dillian Whyte Apart Demecillo Knocks Out Moya, Wenceslao Destroys Tinampay Wilder: Trump is Huge Boxing Fan, Wants a KO in My Next Fight Warrington: I Was Doubted at Every Level, Now I'm Champion Regis Prograis: I Knew Jose Ramirez Wasn't Going to Fight Me Buboy Denies Chatter That Pacquiao is Burning Out in Camp Omar Chavez Targets Hector Camacho Jr. For August Clash De La Hoya: Golovkin is Afraid of Canelo - We're Moving On! Photos: Ancajas vs. Sultan, Yafai vs. Carmona - Final Presser Joseph Diaz Will Return Even Stronger, Says Manager Denis Shafikov vs. Hector Suarez Tops Hollywood Fight Nights Roman Gonzalez Eyes United States Return in September Whyte-Pulev: Surprise Bidder Beats Hearn, Sauerland For Rights Photos: Wilder, Sulaiman, Lewis, Stallone Hit The White House Jeff Horn Involved in Car Accident, No Injuries Suffered Donald Trump Issues Rare Posthumous Pardon To Jack Johnson Jermall Charlo: Me & My Brother Open to Hearing Hearn's Offers

Latest Active Forum Threads