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Claudio Marrero Fights
WIN vs Viktor Slavinskyi 13-0-1
Feb 26, 2022 • Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Viktor Slavinskyi LOSES to Claudio Marrero by MD in Round 8 of 8
Win vs Luis Castillo Leal 22-7-0
Sep 04, 2021 • Gimnasio Juan Francisco Estrada, Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico
Claudio Marrero WINS against Luis Castillo Leal by TKO in Round 4 of 8
Win vs Luis Ronaldo Castillo 22-7-0
Sep 04, 2021 • Gimnasio Juan Francisco Estrada, Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico
Claudio Marrero WINS against Luis Ronaldo Castillo by TKO in Round 4 of 8
LOSS vs Xavier Martinez 18-1-0
Oct 24, 2020 • Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Connecticut
Xavier Martinez WINS against Claudio Marrero by UD in Round 12 of 12
LOSS vs Kid Galahad 26-1-0
Feb 08, 2020 • Sheffield Arena, Sheffield, Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Kid Galahad WINS against Claudio Marrero by RTD in Round 8 of 12
WIN vs Eduardo Ramirez 27-3-3
Jun 29, 2019 • NRG Arena, Houston, Texas, USA
Eduardo Ramirez LOSES to Claudio Marrero by UD in Round 12 of 12
LOSS vs Tugstsogt Nyambayar 12-2-1
Jan 26, 2019 • Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Tugstsogt Nyambayar WINS against Claudio Marrero by UD in Round 12 of 12
Win vs Jorge Lara 29-2-2
Apr 28, 2018 • Don Haskins Center, El Paso, Texas, USA
Claudio Marrero WINS against Jorge Lara by KO in Round 1 of 10
Loss vs Jesus Rojas 26-1-2
Sep 15, 2017 • MGM Grand Marquee Ballroom, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Claudio Marrero LOSES to Jesus Rojas by KO in Round 7 of 12
WIN vs Carlos Zambrano 26-1-0
Apr 29, 2017 • Sam's Town Live, Las Vegas
Carlos Zambrano LOSES to Claudio Marrero by KO in Round 1 of 12
Win vs Luis Hinojosa 28-9-0
Aug 21, 2016 • Ford Amphitheater, Coney Island, New York, USA
Claudio Marrero WINS against Luis Hinojosa by TKO in Round 4 of 10
Win vs Jonathan Arrellano 16-6-2
Feb 27, 2016 • Honda Center, Anaheim, California, USA
Claudio Marrero WINS against Jonathan Arrellano by UD in Round 6 of 6
WIN vs Rico Ramos 30-6-0
Jul 25, 2015 • Palms Casino and Resort, Pearl Theater, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Rico Ramos LOSES to Claudio Marrero by KO in Round 3 of 10
Win vs Orlando Rizo 18-5-0
Feb 20, 2015 • CONSOL Energy Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Claudio Marrero WINS against Orlando Rizo by UD in Round 8 of 8
Win vs Ira Terry 26-12-0
Nov 21, 2014 • Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
Claudio Marrero WINS against Ira Terry by TKO in Round 6 of 10
Win vs Felix Perez 8-6-0
Aug 08, 2014 • CONSOL Energy Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Claudio Marrero WINS against Felix Perez by TKO in Round 2 of 6
Win vs Jose Angel Beranza 36-28-2
Feb 22, 2014 • Sands Bethlehem Event Center, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA
Claudio Marrero WINS against Jose Angel Beranza by UD in Round 8 of 8
Loss vs Jesus Andres Cuellar 29-4-0
Aug 23, 2013 • Turning Stone Resort & Casino, Verona, New York, USA
Claudio Marrero LOSES to Jesus Andres Cuellar by UD in Round 12 of 12
Win vs Mauricio Martinez 36-13-1
Nov 30, 2012 • BB&t Center, Sunrise, Florida, USA
Claudio Marrero WINS against Mauricio Martinez by TKO in Round 4 of 10
Win vs Juan Jose Beltran 26-19-3
Jul 21, 2012 • Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Hollywood, Florida, USA
Claudio Marrero WINS against Juan Jose Beltran by TKO in Round 3 of 10
Win vs Emmanuel Lucero 26-9-1
May 18, 2012 • Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Hollywood, Florida, USA
Claudio Marrero WINS against Emmanuel Lucero by UD in Round 10 of 10
Win vs Gerardo Zayas 19-18-2
Mar 02, 2012 • Westin Diplomat Resort, Hollywood, Florida, USA
Claudio Marrero WINS against Gerardo Zayas by UD in Round 10 of 10
Win vs Francis Ruiz 9-5-0
Jan 07, 2012 • Westin Diplomat Resort, Hollywood, Florida, USA
Claudio Marrero WINS against Francis Ruiz by TKO in Round 2 of 8
Win vs Charles E Jones 3-9-0
Dec 03, 2011 • Coliseum, Greensboro, North Carolina, USA
Claudio Marrero WINS against Charles E Jones by TKO in Round 3 of 6
Win vs Ambiorix Ciriaco 1-14-0
Sep 05, 2011 • Coliseo Carlos 'Teo' Cruz, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Claudio Marrero WINS against Ambiorix Ciriaco by TKO in Round 2 of 6
Win vs Hipolito Rivera 1-2-0
Apr 23, 2011 • Miami-Dade County Fair & Expo, Miami, Florida, USA
Claudio Marrero WINS against Hipolito Rivera by TKO in Round 4 of 6
Win vs David Reyes 3-0-1
Mar 04, 2011 • Casino Pharaohs, Managua, Nicaragua
Claudio Marrero WINS against David Reyes by UD in Round 4 of 4
Win vs Jin Kelly 3-17-1
Nov 29, 2010 • Coliseo Pepe Mayen, San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic
Claudio Marrero WINS against Jin Kelly by TKO in Round 1 of 6
Win vs Miguelo Tavarez 0-4-0
Nov 20, 2010 • Sosua Bay Grand Casino, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
Claudio Marrero WINS against Miguelo Tavarez by KO in Round 1 of 6
Win vs Dionisio Rodriguez 0-20-0
Oct 16, 2010 • Polideportivo, San Cristobal, Dominican Republic
Claudio Marrero WINS against Dionisio Rodriguez by TKO in Round 1 of 6
Win vs Junior Rodriguez 0-3-0
Oct 09, 2010 • La Vega, Dominican Republic
Claudio Marrero WINS against Junior Rodriguez by TKO in Round 1 of 6
Win vs Juan Carlos Rosario 5-9-0
Sep 18, 2010 • Coliseo Carlos 'Teo' Cruz, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Claudio Marrero WINS against Juan Carlos Rosario by TKO in Round 1 of 4
Claudio Marrero Bio
In The Name Of The Father
As a youngster growing up in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, Claudio Marrero Jr. enjoyed watching boxing videos alongside his father, Claudio Sr..
“My Dad was my biggest influence on keeping me out of trouble. My Dad thought boxing would keep me off the streets where 9 out of 10 kids in my country end up dead or in jail,” said Marrero.
“As a child, my Dad and I would watch fights. My favorite fighter is Pernell ‘Sweet Pea’ Whitaker. Around 8-years old I started boxing. My Dad trained me early on as an amateur. That’s where I developed my fundamentals.”
A left-handed boxer-puncher who went 260-12 as an amateur, Marrero won a silver medal in the 2007 Pan American Games and was within a victory of qualifying for the 2008 Olympics, losing to Yankiel Leon of Cuba. Marrero also competed in the 2007 AIBA World Championships and 2009 AIBA World Boxing Championships
“The journey to come to America started in January of 2010, when my manager/trainer, Herman Caicedo, came to the D.R. to scout Juan Carlos Payano and myself,” said Marrero.
“We met and he promised to work hard on our behalf and look out for us. [Caicedo] took us on as his kids and treated us like his own children, not just fighters.”
Marrero soon earned the nickname, “The Matrix,” from Caicedo “for his ability to box, move and avoid punches,” according to his former strength and conditioning coach, Nelson Rodriguez.
“The Matrix” won his initial five professional bouts by first round stoppage ranging from 126 to 128 pounds in the final three months of 2010 over Juan Carlos Rosario (September), Junior Rodriguez and Dionisio Rodriguez (separated by seven days in October) and Miguelo Tavarez and Jin Kelly (separated by nine days in November).
Marrero’s power-punching display continued in 2011, where a four-round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten David Reyes (March) preceded fourth-, second- and third-round TKOs over Hipolito Rivera (April), Ambiorix Ciriaco (September) and Charles E. Jones (December).
The year 2012 brought five more victories as Marrero rose to 14-0 (11 KOs), his career-high back-to-back 10-round unanimous decisions over Gerardo Zayas (March) and Emmanuel Lucero (May) following a second-round TKO of Francis Ruiz (January) and preceding those in the third and fourth rounds over Juan Jose Beltran (July) and Mauricio Martinez (November).
Setbacks Sandwich Monster Comeback
Marrero was floored in the sixth of a 12-round unanimous decision loss in August 2013 for the WBA’s vacant interim featherweight title and a clash of southpaws with Argentina’s Jesus Cuellar, who improved to 23-1 (18 KOs).
But Marrero stormed back with eight straight wins (five by knockout) over the next four years starting in 2014, including a 90-second stoppage Carlos Zambrano which earned him the WBA’s interim title in April 2017 before he was dethroned via seventh-round stoppage by Jesus Rojas in that September.
Zambrano entered at 26-0 (11 KOs), and Rojas rose to 26-1-2 (19 KOs), having trailed on the cards against Marrero.
Marrero’s run included an eight-round unanimous decision over Jose Angel Beranza (February 2014) followed by second- and sixth-round TKOs of Felix Perez and Ira Terry in August and November of that year, and, in 2015, an eight-round unanimous decision over Orlando Rizo (February) followed by a one-knockdown, third-round KO of former world champion Rico Ramos (July).
In 2016 Marrero earned a one-knockdown, six-round unanimous decision over Jonathan Arrellano (February) and a five-knockdown fourth-round TKO of Luis Hinojosa (August) before handling Zambrano.
‘The Biggest Fight Of My Life’
Marrero went 2-1 over his next three bouts, winning a clash of southpaws by 33-second stoppage over previously undefeated Jorge Lara in April 2018, falling by unanimous decision to unbeaten 2012 Mongolian silver medalist Tugstsogt Nyambayar in January 2019 and winning by 12-round unanimous decision over former title challenger Eduardo Ramirez that June.
Marrero stopped Lara with a chin-jolting, hybrid left cross-uppercut, leaving him in fetal position on his left side, dropping him to 29-1-2 (21 KOs), and ending his quest for his 10th stoppage in 12 fights and his seventh inside three rounds during that time.
Lara had battled Rojas to a six-round technical draw in September 2015 and owned a four-knockdown, 95-second knockout of Mexican former three-division champ Fernando Montiel (April 2016).
Marrero fell by eighth-round corner stoppage in February to once-beaten, former title challenger Kid Galahad, who improve to 27-1 (16 KOs), but has a shot at redemption on October 10th against 22-year-old Xavier Martinez (15-0, 11 KOs), who will be after his eighth straight stoppage victory.
“The loss to Kid Galahad is already behind me, and after being at 126 pounds for so long, I’ve gained weight and should be more comfortable and better for that. Martinez is a good fighter, and I never care whether or not I’m an underdog in a fight, but I plan to show him that he’s not on my level. I’m going to come more prepared, mentally and physically, than ever,” said Marrero.
Marrero and Martinez would square off on October 24, 2020. Martinez survived two knockdowns to win a unanimous decision in a WBA Super Featherweight Title Eliminator. After 12 rounds, all three judges scored the fight for Martinez, by scores of 115-111 and 114-112 twice.
The fight featured ebbs and flows, with each man seemingly in control at different times throughout. Sacramento’s Martinez flashed impressive combination punching, punctuating many attacks with a left hook that slowly closed Marrero’s right eye. Representing his native Dominican Republic, Marrero actually held the statistical edge in the fight, out landing Martinez 161 to 128.
Marrero seemed to change the tide of the fight in round eight, landing a powerful right hook to the head that dropped Martinez in the first minute of the frame. Marrero followed up with a flurry finished off by a right hook that again dropped Martinez. Despite the two knockdowns, Martinez was able to survive the rest of the round and avoid the hard-charging Marrero.
Although he was fighting past the eighth round for the first time in his career, Martinez was able to regain his momentum through the championship rounds to clinch the victory.
“I feel like it was a bad decision,” said Marrero. “I don’t think the judges took into account all the hard work I did in the ring. I wouldn’t do anything different if I fought him again. I would fight the same way. I fought smart and I put pressure on him. He hits hard, but I recovered quickly. I felt like I won the fight.”