Dallas' Roberto Marroquín (25-4-1, 18 KO's) may have seemed to have been gone for a bit but certainly not forgotten from the Dallas / Fort Worth boxing scene. Marroquin will return to the squared circle on Sunday, April 9, 2017 to take on prospect John Delperdang (10-2, 9 KO's) from Escondido, California in a lightweight battle.
It will be held on Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) undercard of the Josesito Lopez (34-7, 19 KO's) / Saul Corral (23-8, 14 KO's) main event fight in Los Angeles at The Nova at L.A and will be on Fox Sports 1/Fox Deportes.
Marroquín enters the ring with a new trainer, Robert Garcia, the established trainer of numerous world champions such as Brandon Rios, Nonito Donaire, including Mikey Garcia, the new WBC Lightweight champion, and he has been putting in his ring preparation at the new Robert Garcia Boxing Academy in Riverside, California.
The fight will be at a maximum weight of 134 pounds and is scheduled for eight rounds.
INTHERING caught up with Marroquin today and he is very excited to be working under the tutelage of Robert Garcia and being surrounded by world champions, such as Josesito Lopez, Mikey Garcia and other top caliber boxers that work out at the new gym.
When asked how exciting it was to be working with Robert Garcia, he said ”It is quite and honor to work with Robert, actually I had a chance to work with him in 2011, but it didn’t work out because of management, but things happen for a reason and I’m blessed to get a final shot, and I’m giving it my 100 percent.”
As for his training camp he said “I’m getting used to the elevation in California, which is different from Dallas, but it helps in my workout.” “I am running in the mountains and doing all kinds of different workouts." “It’s a different level, and working with top fighters is great and being just several weeks in I’m at 100%.
It is only nine days away from fight night and Marroquin said “There are ups and downs and this is a tough sport. Things happen for a reason and I am blessed with the opportunity to work with Robert Garcia and I honestly haven’t felt the way that I do today in quite some time and I probably haven’t felt this way since 2012 when I went in the ring with Rigondeaux.”
His opponent John Delperdang (10-2, 9 KO's) may have lost his last fight, but it was against Henry Lundy (27-6, 13 KO’s), the same guy who lost to Terence Crawford (31-0, 21 KO’s). But prior to that he was undefeated in ten of his last eleven fights, which were all held in 2016.
When asked about his opponent, Marroquin said “I know he can take a shot...that’s for sure… and in boxing there is no easy fight, but I have gained lots of confidence in my abilities ….working on my jab and combinations and lateral and head movement and I’m shocked on how I have progressed so far in the short amount of time in this training camp.” “My opponent will not be a slouch…. and it is one step at a time, and I will take care of business.“
He went on to thank all the fans that have been there for him and said “training camp has made me feel like a totally different person and I am confident in my abilities and I will put on a good show.”