Hernan "Tyson" Marquez is tough as nails and always game. He is an absolute warrior and deserves to be remembered as such.
But Juan Francisco Estrada is an absolute beast. The young gun battered hie veteran foe, sending him to the canvas seven times before ultimately stopping him in the tenth.
Marquez (39-6-1, 28 KO)) got off to a strong start, his trademark aggression paying dividends as he landed power combinations to the head and body. For a good chunk first three rounds, he looked damn good against a man second only to Roman Gonzalez in the division, much to the announcers' delight.
And then Estrada (33-2, 24 KO)) got his timing down.
"Tyson" remained aggressive, but the accuracy and body work of the 25-year-old Estrada forced Marquez back. While "Tyson" fired back and landed his fair share of good punches, Estrada's head movement and combinations were absolutely on point.
A brutal right to the body scored the first knockdown of the fight in the sixth round, after which a nasty combination sent Marquez down again. Marquez managed to make it to his feet despite looking like he had no business doing so and threw back until the bell.
Another body shot sent Marquez to a knee in the seventh, then another in the same spot got knockdown number four.
To his credit, Marquez gave as good as he got in the eighth round, putting together combinations despite stomach-churning body shots from Estrada. Unfortunately, he went down again in the ninth, although that was almost certainly a slip.
The ones in the tenth were legit, though. A massive left hook to the head put Marquez on his back and Estrada refused to let up, eventually sending him down and out with a brutal right to the head.
Despite the slow start, Estrada looked excellent. His countering and head movement in the pocket were sublime and he absolutely savaged Marquez's body. When he did get hit, he took Marquez's shots very well and remained composed. This win hopefully puts him in line to face the winner of Roman Gonzalez vs. Brian Viloria, and he has a very real shot at victory if that turns out to be "Chocolatito."
As for Marquez, he proved that he 's still got heart for days and can put together some powerful salvos. There's no shame in losing to Estrada and, while I don't think he can handle the elite anymore, he's still quite a tough out.
This was a great scrap, one which is currently on YouTube via...let's just call them "third-party" providers. It's certainly worth a watch if you've got the time.