Raul Marquez (30-1, 19 KOs)

vs. Fernando Vargas (16-0, 16 KOs)

July 17, 1999, Caesars Tahoe, Stateline, Nev.

 "Ferocious" Fernando, still five months short of his 22nd birthday, had knocked out all 16 of his professional opponents, and was his second defense of the IBF light middleweight title he'd won the previous year from Yory Boy Campas. But the 28-year-old Marquez represented, at the very least, a legitimate gatekeeper to the highest echelon of the sport.

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Raul Marquez and Fernando Vargas