Photos: Efrain Esquivias Ready For Rafael Marquez


Efrain Esquivias quotes from Wednesday’s press conference at El Paseo Inn Restaurant in Downtown Los Angeles.


Thoughts on the match up…


“I want to fight the best fighters out there and I thank Thompson Boxing Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions for making this fight happen. I’m coming in real strong and ready to show boxing fans that I’m capable of competing for a world title. I’m not an opponent, I’m here to win.”


“The fans are going to see a great fight. I don’t back down and neither does Marquez. My team and I created a great game plan and we’re hungry for this fight.”


“Most people in the sport know about my father passing away from ALS. He’s the one who gives me the strength to continue. His spirit lives within me and he’s the reason why I fight.”


On fighting Rafael Marquez…


“We went hard during our training camp to be fully prepared for whatever Marquez throws at us. I view myself as the favorite. That’s no disrespect to Marquez, he’s a future hall of famer, but I always feel like I’m the best boxer in the ring.”


“It would mean the world to me to beat Rafael Marquez. Some people say he has lost a step, but I don’t think so. Look at his brother, Juan Manual Marquez. These guys are built for longevity.”


Alex Camponovo, Matchmaker, Thompson Boxing Promotions


“Efrain promised his father, prior to his passing, that he was one day going to become a world champion. While this is not a world title fight, Efrain gets an opportunity to work toward that goal against a legend in the sport in Rafael Marquez.”


Efrain Esquivias faces Rafael Marquez Saturday in a 10-round featherweight bout

Esquivias works the mitts with trainer Dennis Heffner

Esquivias, a former National Golden Gloves Champion, is working toward a world title shot. Defeating Marquez will aid him in his quest to become a world champion. 

The 30-year-old Esquivias gets his shot at a legend in Rafael Marquez on Saturday at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, CA
Saturday’s televised fights on Showtime: L to R, Heavyweight Chris Arreola, Featherweights Rafael Marquez & Efrain Esquivias & Heavyweight Seth Mitchell

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