By Salvador Rodriguez
Trainer Nacho Beristain has advised former champion Rafael Marquez (41-9, 37KOs) to retire from boxing. Last Saturday in California, the the 38-year-old veteran took a beating from underdog Efrain Esquivias. The fight was stopped in the ninth round, but not before Marquez took a lot of punishment and was dropped hard. He suffered a fractured orbital bone and had to be taken to the hospital afterwards.
Nacho, who recently reunited with Marquez, believes the four-fight series with Israel Vazquez took a heavy toll on his boxer's body.
MEXICO? The best choice for Rafael Marquez is the removal, and it said Ignacio Beristain, his trainer eternal, and it seems that the capital will choose that option.
After losing to Efrain Esquivias Saturday night in California by knockout in nine rounds, Marquez was taken to a hospital where he was found with a broken left cheekbone below the eye socket, and will be operated on Monday for discharged this week.
"He has to go, his reflexes are no longer the same and they legs are no longer working. He knows that he must walk away. I told him he should not fight anymore and he said he would think about it - but I think that there is nothing to think about - and he must walk away," Nacho said.
"I wanted to stop the fight in the fifth round and he asked me to continue. He still had a slight reaction in the seventh round but took a beating in the eight. If the referee did not stop the fight - I was going to stop it."