Like father like son: Top Rank signs Arturo Marquez

Arturo Marquez, center, posses with his father, Raul Marquez, right, and TOP Rank promoter Bob Arum. Mikey Williams/Top Rank

LAS VEGAS -- Top Rank put welterweight prospect Arturo Marquez on its March 19 card in his hometown of Houston to get a look at him. Company officials like what they saw in his second-round knockout of Justin Henderson and have signed him to a promotional agreement.

Marquez is the 19-year-old son of 1992 U.S. Olympian and former junior middleweight world titleholder Raul Marquez, known these days to many for his role as a Showtime broadcaster.

The younger Marquez, 60-10 as an amateur, is the spitting image of his father and looks like him in the ring in terms of his stance and how he throws his punches.

"I would like to thank Bob Arum and Top Rank for this opportunity,” said Marquez, who spent time in the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley Jr. III media center at the MGM Grand last week with his father. “I'm going to work hard to become a world champion. Top Rank is a very good promotional company. They have been doing this for 50 years and they know how to move their fighters and make them champions.”

Top Rank promoted Raul Marquez during his career and he won his world title under its guidance. He said he is pleased that the company will look after his son.

“For me it is truly an honor that Bob Arum is interested in my son,” Raul Marquez said. “Arturo had a good performance in his pro debut and he demonstrated that he has what it takes to become a champion. We are going to do all the necessary hard work so one day he can become a world champion. Nineteen years ago I won my first world title with Top Rank and now 19 years later my son has signed with Top Rank.”

Arturo Marquez’s next fight, a four-rounder against an opponent to be determined, will take place in Laredo, Texas, on Top Rank’s “Solo Boxeo Tecate” undercard on UniMas.

"All of us at Top Rank have known Raul for a long time,” Top Rank vice president Carl Moretti said. “To now have the opportunity to promote his son seems like a natural progression. Arturo has a ton of ability and marketability and we definitely believe that he will become another world champion from the great state of Texas one day. Just like his dad.”