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Rafael Marquez returns with win, Nishioka stops Gonzalez in three

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Toshiaki Nishioka went to hostile territory in Mexico and beat Jhonny Gonzalez by TKO in three rounds. (via <a href="http://www.ring-japan.com/ori09/nishiokat01.jpg">www.ring-japan.com</a>)
Toshiaki Nishioka went to hostile territory in Mexico and beat Jhonny Gonzalez by TKO in three rounds. (via www.ring-japan.com)

WBC 122-pound titlist Toshiaki Nishioka recovered from a first round knockdown to crush Jhonny Gonzalez in the third, and Rafael Marquez returned to the ring after 14 months out of action with a three-round stoppage of Jose Francisco Mendoza in Monterrey.

Nishioka (34-4-3, 21 KO) was fighting outside of Japan for the first time in five bouts. The hostile territory and good opponent proved no great task, and the early stoppage of Gonzalez (40-7, 34 KO) could make him an attractive opponent for a lot of guys at 122. The alphabet strap doesn't hurt, either.

The return of Marquez (38-5, 34 KO) is probably even bigger news for most fight fans, as it could well set up a fight with Juan Manuel Lopez or a fourth bout with Israel Vazquez later this year.

In the UK, Tyson Fury stayed unbeaten with a second round TKO of Scott Belshaw, and Darren Barker beat Darren McDermott (TKO-4) in the middleweight main event.

Witter-Alexander to be paired with Agbeko-Darchinyan

The 140-pound title bout between Junior Witter and Devon Alexander will take place in Florida and be televised on Showtime as part of the July 11 show main evented by Joseph Agbeko and Vic Darchinyan. It's a really nice grab for the show and for Showtime.