Ernesto Marcel - The Original Matrix

Highlights of the highly underrated technically skilled Ernesto Marcel's 1971 fight against Kuniaki Shibata.

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Ernesto Marcel - Is a retired Panamanian boxer. On 11 November 1971, Marcel faced WBC featherweight champion Kuniaki Shibata in Matsuyama, Japan, but the fight was scored a draw, meaning Shibata retained his title. Less than a year later, Marcel defeated Antonio Gomez for the WBA featherweight title, and made three successful defences of the crown. He made his fourth and final defence against Alexis Argüello on 16 February 1974, winning a unanimous decision after 15 rounds. With a record of 40-4-2, Marcel announced his retirement from boxing after the fight, making him one of only a handful of boxers to retire as reigning world champion.


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