'Tyson' Marquez on comeback trail

Former flyweight titleholder Hernan "Tyson" Marquez has been in his share of exciting battles and is one my favorite little guys to watch.

His 11th-round knockout of Luis Concepcion to win a flyweight world title in 2011 was one of the best fights of that year, a rock 'em, sock 'em affair with multiple knockdowns. His first-round destruction of Conception in their rematch later that year was very impressive.

Marquez’s 10th-round knockout loss to Brian Viloria in their 2012 unification fight was another fight-of-the-year candidate, and his 12th-round knockout loss after an incredible slugfest with former junior flyweight champ Giovani Segura in November was probably the most underrated, underappreciated fight of 2013.

As smaller-weight fighters go, Marquez (36-4, 26 KOs), 25, of Mexico, is as dependable for action as anyone. He’s coming off the rough knockout to Segura but ready to get back in the ring in a junior bantamweight bout on March 29 in Culiacan, Mexico.

Marquez’s opponent is not set yet, but given that he is coming off the loss to Segura, I don’t expect him to face a top foe. That’s OK, though. I still want to see him fight. Besides, the bout is on the undercard of the junior middleweight bout between Omar Chavez -- Julio Cesar Chavez Sr.’s other fighting son -- and Daniel Sandoval.

Marquez is hoping to win his comeback bout and then plans to return to flyweight, the class in which he hopes to get another shot at a world title.

"My goal is to go back to flyweight and become a world champion again," Marquez said. "First things first -- win my comeback fight. I will show first to myself that I can, and I will return."