Taking Care of Business

By Nat Gottlieb

Juan Manuel Marquez, Sergey Fedchenko

A fight between Juan Manuel Marquez and Brandon Rios would be a dream. But before those two can meet, they first have to take care of a pair of tricky opponents who would like nothing better than to turn that dream into a nightmare.

In a split doubleheader, Juan Manuel Marquez will face European junior welterweight champion Sergey Fedchenko in Mexico City, while in Las Vegas the unbeaten Rios must get by Richard Abril, an unusually tall lightweight who has exceptional hand speed and ring mobility.

Marquez is one of the great ring technicians, but getting a handle on Fedchenko may prove tricky. The 30-year-old Ukrainian has an uncanny in-ring ability to figure out opponents, earning him the nickname, "The Professor." He is unpredictable, alternating between two distinct fight styles. At times, Fedchenko (30-1, 13 KOs) has attacked aggressively with constant pressure. Other fights he uses his legs and fast hands to box circles around opponents. So which version will Marquez have to deal with?

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