Las Vegas, NV (BoxingGurus.com) – “The Cincinnati Kid” Tim Austin (25-1-1, 22 KO) was winning a close decision over Raul Marquez (29-3, 27 KO) going into the 8th round, but the heavy-handed Marquez caught Austin with a vicious 8-punch combination, which led to Austin be stopped at 2:20 of the 8th round. Marquez, now the new IBF Bantamweight champ, will join his brother, Juan Manuel Marquez, in the championship ranks.
Austin, a southpaw, seemed to come out very tentative and started out slowly, like he has done many times before. He got things going well starting in the 4th round, using his jab to keep Marquez away and he was starting to take the fight over at the time if the stoppage.
Austin stayed in control of the fight when he was able to keep Marquez away, but when Marquez pressed the action and got inside, he was able to score and rocked Austin.
In the 8th round, Marquez came out very aggressive, much more than previous rounds, and turned the fight from a methodical boxing match to a brawl. Both fighters were trading big punches the entire round, until Marquez caught Austin with a BIG straight right, which lead to the combination that sent Austin through the ropes. Austin somehow found the will to climb through the ropes and get up at the count of nine. It wasn’t long though until referee Vic Drakulich stopped the fight when Austin was taking a bunch of punishment without really throwing back.
At the time of the stoppage, Austin was winning the fight on the judge’s scorecards 67-66 and 68-65 twice. BoxingGurus.com had the fight 67-66 for Austin.
In the featured Welterweight undercard bout, 2000 US Olympic Silver Medallist Ricardo Williams Jr. (8-1, 5 KO) was shocked by the game, late replacement, Juan Valenzuela (16-6, 6 KO) and lost a unanimous decision. Williams Jr. was dominating early in the fight, winning the rounds by using quick combinations and very slick defensive prowess. But that was very short-lived. Valenzuela, who replaced Juan Carlos Rubio on Thursday as Williams Jr.’s opponent, came into the fight unofficially at 157 pounds and looking much bigger and stronger than Williams Jr. That took its toll on Williams Jr. and wore him out by the 5th round. Williams did not look in very good shape coming into the ring, but the relentless pressure by Valenzuela did not help. The judges scored the fight 98-92, and 97-93 twice, all for Valenzuela. BoxingGurus.com scored the fight 95-95. Punch stats favored Valenzuela as he landed 199 of 567 punches (35 %), while Williams Jr. landed 153 of 441 punches.