Advertisement: IBO Boxing

Marriaga Hits New York, Confident of Shocking Shakur Stevenson

Dangerous Colombian puncher and challenger to the world featherweight championship of the World Boxing Organization (WBO), Miguel "Scorpio" Marriaga, has already arrived in New York, for what will be a tough showdown this Saturday March 14, at the Hulu Theater in Madison Square Garden.

Marriaga will look to upset the wide odds when he challenges undefeated world champion Shakur Stevenson, in the main event bout of a card being staged by Top Rank.

"I feel very optimistic, with the mentality of winning, of winning the fight," Marriaga said with confidence.

miguel-marriaga (2)

Accompanied by his promoter Ricardo Maldonado Jr., professor Samuel Gómez and his compatriot Belmar Preciado, the entire team is already at the headquarters of the fight - where an upset win would create a big turning point in the career of Marriaga.

"We finished an excellent preparation, I think we are at one hundred percent," said Marriaga, who also notes that "we have worked with greater demand, greater demand in the gym and in the whole preparation."

Marriaga (29-3 and 25 KOs) will have his fourth world title opportunity, while Stevenson (13-0 and 7 KOs) will be making his first defense of the WBO belt.

He suffered defeats when challenging for belts against Vasiliy Lomachenko, Oscar Valdez and Nicholas Walters. Lomachenko was the only boxer to stop Marriaga inside the distance.

Since the loss to Lomachenko, Marriaga has won four bouts in a row - and all four wins have been by knockout.

“Back at home they hope for the best, I think they always give me what is necessary for each fight, I do my job and we go for that victory and that is the most important thing,” he concluded.

The transmission of the combat will be handled by ESPN in the United States and Canal Space for Mexico.

User Comments and Feedback
Top Headlines
Dana White: Not Interested in Whyte-Ngannou, Not Thinking About Boxing Xander Zayas Draws Inspiration Through Friendship With Amanda Serrano Fury: If I Don't Get Joshua Fight After Wilder, I'll Give Dillian Whyte A Beating Jorge Linares: Ryan Garcia Has Talent, But He’s Not Ready For A Big Fight Now Hearn Aims To Resume 'Matchroom USA' Events in August Mike Tyson's Path Of Heavyweight Destruction Stands The Test Of Time Liam Paro Targets Jack Catterall Showdown, World Title Fight Jessie Vargas Reflects Back, Praises The Speed of Manny Pacquiao Errol Spence: No Tuneup - I Want a Top Guy in My Return! Boxing Without Boxing: Vassiliy Jirov vs. James Toney - 04/26/2003 Whyte Would Do Ngannou Two-Fight Deal: I'll Beat Him in Boxing and MMA! Spence on Next Three Fights - Garcia, Pacquiao, Then Crawford Hall of Famer Curtis Cokes, First Dallas Champion, Dies at Age 82 Whyte Shakes Head at Sulaiman's Position on Mike Tyson Comeback Carl Frampton Aims To Be Back End of July or Early August Jake Paul Under Heavy Fire Over Taping Content at Looting Site Haye: Usyk-Chisora Not Looking Likely For A While; Need Crowd For That Fight Tyson Fury Aims To Break Bank With Richest Deal In Boxing History Pascal: If Canelo Wants To Claim A Second Title At 175, I'm Right Here Joshua: I Got Beaten To A Pulp; But I Believe I’ll Go Down As This Generation’s Great Porter: I Guarantee A Rematch With Spence Would Be Much Better Fight Linares: Lomachenko Still Best At Lightweight; Don't Think Lopez Can Beat Him Golden Boy Prez: Our Intention Is To Return July 4, Fans Miss The Sport Boxing's Told You So Tales Guido Vianello Aims To Be The Next Italian Great at Heavyweight Fury: I've Spoken Plenty With Dana White, But I Don't Need To Fight UFC Guys Haye Supports Mike Tyson Return, But Urges Him To Stay Away From Younger Fighters Sergio Martinez: Ring Return is Not To Chase Canelo, Not Looking For Him Which Active Fighters Deserve To Be Called Great? Navarrete, Greer, Andrew Moloney To Headline Top Rank's ESPN Shows In June Tureano Johnson Targets Jaime Munguia Showdown Chisora Could Make Debut in Bellator if Usyk Fight is Postponed For Too Long Jose Pedraza Training Hard For June Return in Las Vegas Joshua Doubts He'd 'Get Away' With Making Statements Like Fury Pascal: Browne, Jack, Elbiali - Everybody Wants To Have A Rematch With Me Dillian Whyte: Wilder Is Injured; WBC Should Order Fury To Fight Me Next Haney Eyes August Return; Says Surgically Repaired Shoulder Stronger Than Ever Top Rank Summer Series - Venue, More Details Revealed Fury Expects WBC To Allow Joshua Fight Before Making Mandated Defense Against Whyte Billy Joe Saunders: I Would Love To Fight Canelo In An Empty Arena
Latest Forum Threads