Giovani Marquez was born into boxing.
The 21-year-old son of former world champion Raul Marquez will make his professional boxing debut in a four-round junior welterweight bout against Nelson Morales (2-0) on Friday. His father will be on SHOWTIME’s “ShoBox: The New Generation” and will also work in his son’s corner.
Marquez has a 75-12 amateur record and has a stack of boxing trophies to back it up. He said he was not fully aware that his father was a figure in the boxing world until he was 12 years old.
“That’s when I realized my dad was somebody in the boxing world,” he told Ring TV.
“I was 12, 13, and I went with my dad to these fights, and I was always like, ‘Why are all these people coming to him?’ He was someone in this boxing world. It was pretty cool. I started looking up his fights on YouTube and saw his Olympic fights. I did more research and saw his articles. My father is very humble. He never talked about his boxing career. He never wanted to say that he was a well-known figure in the boxing world.
“To me, he was just a dad. When he was active, I was young. I became more aware of my dad when he was a broadcaster. I asked him why these people were coming to him, and he didn’t. never really explained. I did the research on my own. Boxing has always been in the family. There was never a time when my dad said, ‘This is what I do.’
Marquez has completed his associate’s degree in liberal arts from Lone Star Community College and plans to transfer to the University of Houston this summer to finish with a degree in finance, he told Ring TV.
The 21-year-old fell in love with football and dreamed of getting drafted into the NFL. But eventually he realized he could “do better in boxing than in football”. He signed with David McWater’s Split-T Management.
His father, Raul, admitted that Friday night will be difficult for him.