Mayol refuses to fight Hernan Marquez after weigh-in
By Chris Williams: In a perfect example of a self defeating move, former WBO/WBC light flyweight champion Rodel Mayol (30-5-2, 22 Ko’s) refused to fight 23-year-old WBA World flyweight champion Hernan “Tyson” Marquez (32-2, 25 KO’s) after Marquez initially weighed in two pounds over the limit during Friday’s weigh-in for their fight tonight in Sonora, Mexico.
Marquez attempted to weigh-in four times but missed it three times except on the last time. Mayol was then offered an additional $10,000 to take the fight with Marquez but he still refused, according to philstar.com. Mayol thinks Marquez was trying to cheat on the scales on the final attempt at making the weight by hanging his feet over the edges of the scales. Whatever the case, Mayol is the one that’s losing out on the payday here because I’m sure he could have used the money.
Even if he was over weight, which it doesn’t appear he was on the last weigh-in from accounts, two pounds isn’t huge and if they were going to pay Mayol extra money to take the fight, then why not? I know he’s standing on his principals and all but that’s a self defeating moving in my view because who’s going to want to give the guy a title shot if there’s a danger he’ll out of the fight like he did tonight? I think it was a bad move on his part and his manager Michael Koncz should have worked harder to tale him into taking the fight and seeing the possible repercussions of him walking away from the fight and messing up the fight card.
I’m sure Mayol will be able to eventually work his way to a mandatory spot to get a title shot that way but I think champions that would have selected him to fight as an optional title defense will think twice before choosing him after this episode. It was two pounds and they were offering Mayol good money to take the fight. He should have done it. I see that as a blow it move.
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