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Claudio “The Matrix” Marrero: Dominican Featherweight Wants To Fight The Best


New York, NY – The moment for Claudio “The Matrix” Marrero, featherweight from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic came Sunday afternoon at the Ford Amphitheatre on the Boardwalk in Coney Island Brooklyn.

The spotlight and making a statement came on the PBC national televised NBCSN card of boxing with a resounding win over fellow Dominican Luis Hinojosa with a fourth round TKO. A statement with the win signified it’s time for the big fights.  And for a fighter who had goals of fighting in the United States, this is the place you want to be.

No big deal that Marrero, and winner now of his last seven fights, was on the undercard prior to the main event of the unbeaten welterweight Errol Spence Jr. showdown against Leonard Bundu. Marrero, came off a thrilling knockout last July over former world champion Rico Ramos, could be a main eventer soon.

The boxer-puncher, and a fan favorite in the Dominican Republic, has that style and gained more popularity on the boardwalk that is known for the famous Nathan’s hotdog.  But there wasn’t any “hot-dogging” coming from the punches that Marrero threw.

“This is how champions perform,” said Marrero now 21-1 with 15 KO’s. “They do it smart and they figure out their opponents quickly. Regardless of his record, you have to figure it out and then go for the finish.”

From the first round, Marrero was in control. He put his opponent on the mat in the first round and Hinojosa could not come back despite throwing a great amount of power punches. Marrero had more power punches and was much sharper with 60 percent of his power punches compared to the 23 of Hinojosa, 28-10, 7 KO’s.

This was a significant fight for Marrero, and again it has to do with getting in the ring with the top fighters in his division.

“I want everyone, all at 126 pounds,” Marrero said. “These guys have been evading, ducking and dodging me. None of these guys want to face me. I want them all. I’ll fight them all on the same night if I have to. I’m tired of them hiding.”

That is not entirely true about opponents ducking Marrero. Though seven straight wins, and a knockout ratio of 67 percent do carry some weight, he has not been in the spotlight until now. The Premiere Boxing management group has no choice to get those opponents, and now with another commanding win, there will be no need for anyone to avoid Marrero.

“It’s very frustrating when my managers tell me they don’t want to fight me,” “Marrero said, “So I must make a statement each time I step in the ring.”

Marrero arrived in the United States in January of 2010, and that may be part of the reason it took this long to get major exposure. With intense training and proper conditioning, he has reached that point of getting to the top of the rankings among the elite that command the featherweight title picture.

Herman Caicedo is the manager/trainer who has been with Marrero since day one. The fighter says, Caicedo is more like a father to him, and the aspect of fighting comes when the training begins.  There are others instrumental in the quest to become champion but Caicedo knows what it takes.

“We are a strong team,” said Marrero, “with goals of becoming world champions together.”

Of course, Marrero says, “His opponents will feel pain.” And with 15 KO’s he does look for that early finish and go for another one soon.

“I feel like I’m back at the top of the contenders in the featherweight division,” he said after this latest win. “The champions keep running from me so I’m going to keep working until I’m the mandatory and can get another title shot.”

And that title opportunity for Marrero now may be coming sooner than expected.

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